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 an island-wide support group on Zoom.  It meets on the third Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. To sign up, contact Nic at 808-518-6649 or email him at [email protected].

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 26 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 now meeting in a safely distanced outdoor location in Kona, with Zoom also available.  Call Joann at (773) 294-8773, or email her at [email protected] for information.

Alzheimer's Association-Hawaii talks about women 

and memory loss.  Sign up with this link:


Hawaii Alzheimer's Association program of classes for August.  Call 800-272-3900 or visit alz.org/hawaii.

St. Francis Healthcare System in Honolulu

offers a very interesting range of FREE classes.

Please contact Maylynn Wong, (808) 547-8138 or 

[email protected]

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).

To register for either session:   https://www.communityfirsthawaii.org/registration/ 

Phone: Amy Hamane, 443-4033 

or Rosemary Burnett, 987-4405

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


AARP presents a workshop series about the latest COVID-19 information, especially for caregivers.  Dates are August 13, September 10 and October 8.  See the panel at the right for signup details.

See the panel on the left for more details about this series. 

 To sign up, use this link:  


Contact  Kym Gentry-Peck for details; email her at [email protected], or call 808-494-5193.  You’ll find 

an interesting article about this program in the online 

West Hawaii Today, at


Hawaii Alzheimer's Disease Initiative Virtual Memory Cafe meets on fourth Wednesdays -

Please contact Christy Nishita at [email protected] 

for signup and information.


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.