Serving family caregivers in West Hawaii since 1996

It takes a whole community 

to care for our caregivers.

Many thanks to our sponsors from 2015 through 2018:

West Hawaii Healthcare Council

Hawaii Community Foundation

Hawaii County Office of Aging


Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Young Brothers

Kona Adult Day Center

Services for Seniors

Hawaii Alliance for

Community Health (HACH)

Regency at Hualalai

Project Dana

Young Brothers

Hawaii Community Fed. Credit Union



Tutu's House

Ho'oNani Place

PFI Rubbish Service, Inc.

Our Mission and History

We promote, enhance, and support caregiving though education, net-working, planning, coordinating, and clearinghouse activities.

HCCN has offered a number of caregiver events in West Hawaii since 1999. In partnership with Hawaii County Office of Aging, caregiver conferences, called “Carousel of Care: Caring For Family, Caring for Yourself,” have been the primary means of fulfilling our mission.

HCCN’s uniqueness stems from our diverse partners and the opportunity to work together on the west side of Hawaii Island to focus on the needs of a close-knit community. We also have the added advantage of a culture that radiates the aloha spirit, which is essential for creating positive action and a caring atmosphere in all our projects.

Only as a community can we accom-plish goals that would be impossible as individuals. It is the strength in numbers that multiplies our resources.


Judith M. Bell, BA, Treasurer; Founding Member. Former family caregiver; retired from the health care field after 45 years. Actively involved in a number of community and senior volunteer organizations, e.g. Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Powerful Tools for Caregivers class leader and Master Trainer, Hawaii County Committee on Aging North Kona representative, member of Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society.

Kami Bolster, BS Health Education; Secretary. Employed in senior care since 2011. Author of articles about assisted living and long-term care for Cascade Business News; has been involved in many senior organi-zations. Currently Kami is working at Ho'oNani Adult Care services in Waimea where she is the program coordinator and a care provider.  

Adriana DeGress has retired from the board and moved to the mainland to help care for her mother.

Phyllis Hanson, RN, MSN; Director. Registered Nurse employed in the health care field for over 40 years with 10 years in nursing education; works part-time for ARC of Kona. Secretary of Kona Hospital Auxiliary; Involved in various community and senior volunteer organizations. 

Heloise Lochman, BA; President. Former family caregiver; retired craftsman, musician. Has been a volunteer reading tutor with Ignite Literacy Program at Holualoa School; Reef Teach volunteer.

Eileen Mena; Director. Former family caregiver to husband and mother; retired in 2006 from Department of Justice Office of the U. S. Attorney. Has volunteered with Kona Elk's Lodge in the Drug Awareness Program, and AARP on the Big Island.

Roberta Wong Murray, BS, APR, PRSA Fellow; Director. Former family caregiver. Retired Vice President, PBS Hawaii; 35 years’ experience, public relations and corporate communications. Honolulu native, former news anchor at KITV Honolulu and KRON San Francisco. Co-owner of award-winning public relations agency, senior corporate communications positions at Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp. and Bank of the West in the Bay Area.

Karen von Kaenel, R.N., PhD.; Director. Former professor of nursing, developer of a nationally recognized Health and BioScience Academy and a certified Master Teacher. As a health educator and a developmental psychologist, Karen brings her nursing expertise to the areas of family behaviors and gertontology.


The Board of Directors is responsible for spearheading the organization’s work; exploring opportunities to serve caregivers, such as sponsoring Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes; and assessing community resources. We keep records of activities and resources. Officers and directors serve the Board on a voluntary basis. Board members are directly involved in project planning, implementation and evaluation. We form subcommittees from time to time, drawn from HCCN volunteer membership, to fulfill the aims of a particular project or program, such as our periodic conference for family caregivers.