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Have you thought about becoming a volunteer?
It may be one of the most fulfilling things you ever do.

If you are looking to meet people from all walks of life, interested in charitable causes or want to learn skills to advance your career, volunteering is a great choice.

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What Can Volunteers Do?

Our biggest need is for volunteers to provide companionship for patients while giving a much needed break to the family caregiver. Visits are made in the patient’s homes and nursing centers. When you volunteer with

Hawai`i Care Choices, you can make a meaningful difference in the final stages of a patient’s life.

  • Give companionship to patients

  • Help caregivers take a break

  • Provide transportation

  • Provide yardwork assistance

  • Comfort the grieving 

  • Assist with light household chores and errands 

  • Write letters and stories 

  • Assist in office clerical tasks

  • Participate in community events

  • Share your Talents or Skills (i.e., music, art, dance, etc.)

  • Support Veterans Pinning Ceremony

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Adaka and his hoomam, Marilyn are a registered dog team with Pet Partners, a National / International Therapy Dog Organization.
Adaka is the ONLY dog in Hawaii to have this level of accomplishment! Adaka has also done over 200 hours of “paws on” therapy and
will receive the AKC Therapy Dog Excellence Level!


If you are interested in becoming a HiCare Volunteer, please complete our online volunteer application.

For questions about Volunteering, please contact:

Taira Kapahu

(Volunteer Coordinator) 

Tish Lopez

(Clinical Support Manager)

(808) 969-1733 


Featured Volunteer Story

The Power of Flowers

Lady Bird Johnson once said, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” And so, every Friday the volunteer team of Hawai'i Care Choices picks up anthuriums (generously donated by Green Point Nurseries) to deliver to patients and their families, in hopes that the flowers add beauty to their day.


David Kohara (in the left photo), who has been a volunteer with Hawai'i Care Choices since 2017, visits extended care facilities and residences like Yukio Okutsu Veterans State Home, Legacy Hilo Rehab & Nursing, and Life Care Center of Hilo, to deliver the fresh flowers to Hawai'i Care Choices patients who are receiving care there. Providing companionship for patients has been David’s passion and inspiration for years. He shared, “I think that volunteers have a very important role in this organization. I feel that we are the heart of the organization. We provide comfort and compassion to the patients. We may not know all the medical terms, but we know that the patients can sometimes feel loneliness, confusion…and volunteers do an excellent job filling in those holes and helping them along their journey. Sitting with the patients when I’m called in to do a vigil, to me, is the most touching and rewarding of all. I may not see them in their healthiest condition, but I see them when they are transitioning, and I am there to remind them that there will be someone waiting for them at the end.”

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