Maui Jim Makes Care for Kupuna Possible
For the past 18 years, Maui Jim and its owner Walter Hester III have been steadfast supporters. The company’s and Walter’s contributions have been invaluable, with Walter serving on the Hale Makua Foundation Board of Trustees from 2004 —2006, and donations totaling over $1.4 million.
Over the years, Maui Jim’s generosity has helped the organization complete several capital projects including the completion of our 16-bed rehab wing in 2002 and the renovation of resident rooms at Hale Makua Wailuku in 2005. In addition, from 2007—2010, Maui Jim helped Hale Makua continue its journey of culture change in its nursing homes, moving away from an institutional model of care to one that places decision making closer to residents by providing education for over 40% of employees to become trained as Certified Eden Associates. Most recently, gifts have provided financial assistance to hundreds of frail elders who need around the clock nursing care and support, but cannot afford it.