Hawaii Advance Health Care Directive
A Hawaii advance health care directive is a two-purpose form that provides guidance for how one would like to be treated when they cannot represent their own wishes. The primary purpose of the document is to 1) establish the identity of the agent, and 2) to give the principal a way of listing their preferred treatment methods.
The form gives the principal a way of ensuring they’re treated in alignment with their preferences should they not be able to communicate with others (a state known as being “incapacitated”).
This document is a power of attorney and living will combined. The power of attorney enables the agent to make decisions for the principal, whereas the “living will” outlines the specific medical treatment needed. An agent has the authority to make the choices if the principal becomes terminally ill or endures a coma. Two (2) physicians must confirm the principal’s condition before treatment can occur.