We’ve taken a dramatically different approach to providing compassionate health services for our community by personalizing care, improving well-being, and honoring the journey of life.

Our History

History Item: 1946

Hale Makua was founded in 1946 as a home for Maui elders who needed residential care, but had no one to care for them and no means to pay for care. Following World War II, members of the Young Buddhist Association and the community raised funds and built our first 24-bed home in Happy Valley.

In 1953, Hale Makua was given the facilities at Malulani Hospital where present Hale Makua Wailuku opened in 1968 as a 124-bed nursing home featuring a unique open-air design in a lush garden setting.

History Item: 1968

Recognizing that some who need nursing care prefer to remain at home for treatment, Hale Makua pioneered in-home health services on Maui in 1968. Demand for additional skilled nursing home beds grew during the early 1970s, and with the help of the community and government resources, Hale Makua Kahului opened its doors in 1978.

To meet the need for a safe place for adults who require restorative and rehabilitative health services during the day an adult day health program was established in 1987.

History Item: 1996

With the opening of the Weinberg Care Center, Hale Makua Kahului expanded by 118 beds in 1996. The opening of a short-stay rehab wing added another 16 beds in 2002 bringing the total number of beds at Hale Makua Kahului 254.

In 2007, Hale Makua became the first and only Eden Alternative registered home in the state. Recognizing that individuals who need minimal to moderate assistance with personal care needs prefer living in a home environment, our Adult Residential Care Home opened in 2013.

Our Board

Our volunteer Board of Directors provides valuable guidance and oversight of our organization, one of Maui’s largest non-government employers with over 450 employees.


Donna McCleary, MD

Community Member


Alec McBarnet

Maui Oil Company


Roy Sakamoto

Sakamoto Properties


Janet Betsill

Community Member

Paul Gammie

Gammie HomeCare

John Harman

Community Member

Sarah Hambek


Paul Hiranaga

Wailea Golf

Len Inokuma

ACM Consultants

Brian Kakihara

First Hawaiian Bank

Mel Kawano

Kahului Trucking & Storage

Mitch Mitchell

Sakamoto Properties

Alton Nakagawa

VIP Foodservice

Cathy Nobriga Kim

Maui Soda & Ice Works

Meg Obenauf

Obenauf Law Group

Karen Oura, RN

Community Member

Sharon Sodetani

Community Member

Paul Ueoka

Carlsmith Ball, LLP

Maria Unemori, CPA

Community Member

Our Campuses