Complementary Therapies

Hospice Hawaii offers patients and their families several complementary therapies as part of our comprehensive care philosophy.


Aromatherapy uses natural essential oils to treat the mind, body and spirit. Essential oils can be added to a bath, massaged into the skin, directly inhaled or diffused to scent a room. Aromatherapy can provide comfort by easing tension, reducing restlessness and anxiety, increasing circulation and breathing, and promoting a sense of well-being.

Art Therapy

Hospice Hawaii’s art therapy program helps improve the patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Art therapy is especially useful in helping children understand and deal with issues of death, dying, and bereavement; therefore, this service is also available to the children and grandchildren of patients. Hospice Hawaii’s art therapist, a member of the care team, visits select patients and spends one-on-one time working on artwork that may include drawing, painting and other visual arts.

Hand Casting

Hand casting is a personal way of capturing the love between two people, creating a beautiful keepsake families will always treasure. An intricately detailed sculpture is created from molds of the patient and a loved one’s hands. This aids in bringing a sense of peace, acceptance of one’s mortality and appreciation.


Healing Touch

Healing touch is a non-invasive, energy-based technique that focuses on restoring the patient’s energy system to promote relaxation and healing. Healing touch is used to improve physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional health while restoring harmony, energy and balance.

Massage Therapy

Hospice Hawaii’s massage therapy is individualized for each patient’s diagnosis and condition. Our massage therapists work closely with the entire care team to ensure each patient’s needs are being met.

Therapeutic massage is provided within the context of the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and is a tool for pain relief and symptom management. Massage has been shown to reduce pain, decrease stress and anxiety, heighten peacefulness, and restore emotional balance and overall physical comfort.

Pet Therapy

Hospice Hawaii’s therapy pets provide unconditional love, laughter and smiles to patients in any setting. The therapeutic benefits of pet therapy include easing physical and emotional pain, improving memory and reducing stress.

Therapeutic Music

Patients at Hospice Hawaii’s Kailua Home are the first to receive the benefits of therapeutic music. The new service is designed to help improve the quality of life and functioning of patients as well as relieve their pain and suffering through live and recorded music. Patients may choose to listen to, sing, play or even write music.

Hospice Hawaii’s Kailua Home is also the first hospice care facility in Hawaii to become certified by Music and MemorySM, a national program that uses personalized music to enhance the quality of life of the elderly and infirm, especially those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges. With personalized playlists using iPods, patients are finding meaning and reconnecting with the world through music-triggered memories.