Supporting family caregivers in West Hawaii since 1996


It takes a whole community to care for our caregivers.

Below this section of Big Island support groups, there's a listing of current online classes

and events for caregivers and other kupuna.

Hawaii Island Alzheimer's Support Groups:

Nic Los Banos, the Big Island coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association, is offering two island-wide support groups on Zoom:  1st Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m.; and 3rd Thursdays, 4:30 -5:30 p.m. To sign up, contact Nic at 808-518-6649 or email him at nklosbanos@alz.org.

Kona Brain Injury Support Group: hosted by Karen Klemme, RN., meets on Zoom the second Wednesday of each month starting at 6 p.m.

To participate, please email kklemme@hawaii.rr.com and she’ll send you details.  This group has been meeting in Kona for 29 years. For more information, search for “Kona Brain Injury Support Group” on Facebook.

Kona Family Caregiver Support Group:

meets on second Saturdays at 11 a.m., facilitated by Joann D'Addio, M.Ed., and sponsored by HCCN.  The group is held at the Regency Hualalai, 75-181 Hualalai Road, in Kailua Kona. Call Joann at

(773) 294-8773, or email her at ioana8275@gmail.com for information.


Here's a listing of current online classes and events of interest to caregivers and other kupuna.

Click on any flyer to see it full size.

For access, use the links typed below each flyer.


Are you new to Zoom? The helpful folks at the Alzheimer's Association will give you a hand.

Email Ivy at icastellanos@alz.org.

Also, here's a good online lesson which will help you succeed with your first Zoom session:



For questions, please contact Melissa Caballes at

(808) 547-8138 or mcaballes@stfrancishawaii.org.

Free personal coaching for Alzheimer's disease caregivers. To learn more, call Catholic Charities Hawaii Senior Intake Line at 808-527-4777 or email info@catholiccharitieshawaii.org.

Contact Kym Gentry-Peck for details; email her at kymgpeck@gmail.com, or call 808-494-5193. For more, see the online West Hawaii Today, at https://bigislandnow.com/2021/04/09/kona-gym-now-offering-boxing-program-for-parkinsons-patients/

Check out the calendar for this well-loved community venue in Waimea. Online, tutushouse.org, or call 808-885-6777.


ONGOING, Especially for patients with Parkinson's disease. Dr. Marie Snyders has been offering Dance for Parkinsons in Kona for several years. Classes are currently offered online, via Zoom. For full information, please check this website, https://www.konadanceandperformingarts.org/danceforpd


(where some of the information is about former live classes).

ONGOING CLASSES! This is a lively website which features teachers from all over the Big Island, offering exercise for seniors. 808B-fit.com will get you there.


Would you like to get information about

online classes and other events for

family caregivers in West Hawaii? Contact us

to join the HCCN email list.

You have either been a caregiver,

You are a caregiver, You will be a caregiver,

Or someone will care for you.

~ Rosalynn Carter ~