History

Hospice Hawaii's History

In 1979, 11 visionary pioneers in end-of-life care gathered to create a plan to help people die with dignity in Hawaii. They were committed to caring for people with life-threatening illnesses and their families, ensuring their quality of life, helping them prepare for death, and educating the community about hospice and end-of-life care. Over the years, Hospice Hawaii has grown from a volunteer organization into a vibrant non-profit, community-based organization that has provided care to tens of thousands of patients and their families in their homes or other care settings.

With an interdisciplinary staff of some 110 professionals and more than 100 trained volunteers, Hospice Hawaii fulfills its original founders’ vision of providing comprehensive and compassionate care to terminally ill patients and their families. In its commitment to offering the best quality care possible, Hospice Hawaii offers the only dedicated pediatric hospice care program in Hawaii and provides a range of alternative therapies to aid in our patients’ comfort and healing process. The five-bed Kailua House was opened in 1995, providing 24-hour inpatient care.

Knowing the invaluable benefits of hospice and palliative care, steadfast community residents were instrumental in bringing these services to the islands of Molokai and Lanai. In 1999, Hospice Hawaii expanded its services to Molokai so patients could spend their remaining days at home on their beloved island. Hospice Hawaii fulfilled the critical need for hospice care on Lanai, serving its first patient in 2014 and opening Hope House in 2016.

Hospice Hawaii’s mission is to “Bring Hope, Reduce Fears and Impact Lives” by alleviating pain and suffering and enhancing the quality of life of patients and their families on Oahu, Molokai and Lanai, regardless of their ability to pay.