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.

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.


Board Chair: Ed Romson
Ed Romson

Community Member


Board Secretary: Alec McBarnet
Alec McBarnet

Maui Oil Company



Board Member: Grant Chun
Grant Chun

Hale Mahaolu

Board Member: Roy Sakamoto
Roy Sakamoto

Sakamoto Properties

Board Member: Michael Munekiyo
Michael Munekiyo

Munekiyo Hiraga

Board Member: Wesley Lo
Wesley Lo

CEO, Hale Makua Health Services (Ex-Officio)

Board Member: Rich Kishaba
Rich Kishaba

Chairperson, Ohana Pacific Foundation (Ex-Officio)

Board Member: Eileen Wachi
Eileen Wachi

Community Member

Board Member: Karen Oura
Karen Oura, RN

Community Member

Our Leadership

Our leaders provide valuable guidance and oversight for our organization.

  • Leadership Member:  Wes Lo

    Wes Lo

    Chief Executive Officer
  • Leadership Member: Teana Kahoʻohanohano

    Teana Kahoʻohanohano

  • Leadership Member: Teresa Lopes

    Teresa Lopes

    Activities Director
  • Leadership Member: Margie Albete

    Margie Albete

    Financial Counselor
  • Leadership Member: Jordan Kahiamoe

    Jordan Kahiamoe

    Housekeeping Manager
  • Leadership Member: Dani Waring

    Dani Waring

    Health Information Management Director
  • Leadership Member: Ted Tucker

    Ted Tucker

    Director of People Compliance
  • Leadership Member: Steven Nakashima

    Steven Nakashima

    Information Technology Manager
  • Leadership Member: Mark Souza

    Mark Souza

    Director of Maintenance and Engineering
  • Leadership Member: Keoki Robello, RN

    Keoki Robello, RN

    Director of Nursing
  • Leadership Member: Kehau Watari, RN

    Kehau Watari, RN

    Assistant Director of Nursing
  • Leadership Member: Rosie Kahiamoe

    Rosie Kahiamoe

    Director of Nutrition Services
  • Leadership Member: Ashley Takitani Leahey

    Ashley Takitani Leahey

    Director of Development and Communications
  • Leadership Member: Harvey Mira

    Harvey Mira

    Purchasing Manager
  • Leadership Member: Zaira Katsuda, RN

    Zaira Katsuda, RN

    Utilization Review Manager
  • Leadership Member: Paul Mattfeld

    Paul Mattfeld

    Wailuku Administrator
  • Leadership Member: Mindy Awana

    Mindy Awana

    Activities Manager
  • Leadership Member: Chiko Kealoha

    Chiko Kealoha

    Wailuku Environmental Services Manager
  • Leadership Member: Stephanie Bennett-Felipe

    Stephanie Bennett-Felipe

    Health Information Management Director
  • Leadership Member:  Kelly McGinnis

    Kelly McGinnis

    Director of Social Services