The Progress of Hope

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Each year, an average of 650 cancer patients travel from the neighbor islands to Honolulu for life-saving cancer treatment. Some fly back and forth daily so they can be at home as they battle this disease. Others choose to stay on O‘ahu during their treatment. Both options place an immense financial burden on patients and their families.

Hope Lodge is a home-away-from-home for adult cancer patients and their caregivers… a free place to stay when a patient’s best hope for effective treatment may be in Honolulu. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others. Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and coping with side-effects.

The American Cancer Society’s Clarence T.C. Ching Hope Lodge Hawai‘i will make a life-saving difference for neighbor island cancer patients.  Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting well.

Hope Lodge Hawai`i is hiring part-time weekend coordinators  HLH weekend coordinator.  (Click link for more info)
To apply, visit

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Construction Updates

The construction of Hope Lodge Hawai‘i officially started on September 30, 2015.
Please continue to check back for regular photo updates of building progress at 251 Vineyard Street in Honolulu. To view photos larger, or read captions, click on each.

October 2016

A young kukui tree stands sentry at the entrance to Hope Lodge, symbolic of the light of hope…while palms, groundcovers, and bamboo create a pleasant view for guests and neighbors.

With most major construction completed, the progress at Hope Lodge Hawai`i is in the surfaces and details, such as flooring, tiling, fixtures, appliances, lights and knobs.

September 2016

Planting has begun — rows of golden palms border the property and three hala trees are taking root in the garden. More to come!

One side of the Lodge will look out on the garden plaza and a trellis, which will provide shade for patients and caregivers relaxing in this oasis in downtown Honolulu.

It’s time to start painting!  In patient rooms, color accent walls behind headboards will tie in with ‘tropical modern’ décor.

The Multipurpose Room windows offer neighborhood views and plenty of light for meetings, classes, and activities.


August 2016

A birds-eye view of the garden plaza, showing footings for the trellis.

August 26 – The latest exterior views and a look at AC unit installation on the roof. Click to enlarge.

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If windows are the eyes of Hope Lodge, these sunshades are the eyelashes…

August 16 ~ The BIG reveal!  Scaffolding is removed, providing a clear view of the exterior for the first time.

Third floor living room and hallway

Plumbing items — such as a hefty water heater and janitor sink — are going in.

Our “inn with a mission” looks more and more real every day, both inside and out.

July 2016

Interior progress…

Views of the building from Vineyard Street, and the neighboring credit union and apartments.

Skylights and vents up on the roof…
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Exterior sheathing continues and window installation begins.

June 2016

The latest progress includes exterior sheathing.

Looking up from the Garden:

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The latest views from Vineyard Street:

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June 24:  A panorama of the roof pan decking.

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June interior progress — plumbing, ductwork, elevator operations, telecom, room wall framing, sprinklers and more.

Third floor concrete is poured!

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The latest view from Vineyard Street:
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interiors — guest room wall panels and plumbing go in

May 2016

Week of May 23:
Guest suites are framed on the second floor. This is what Hope Lodge is all about!


May 20: Exterior wall frames delivered to the second floor, awaiting installation.

Week of May 16:  Steel columns and I-beams outline a building-to-be.
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Second floor panorama.
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May 5 and 6:   Some of the second floor work looks like modern art.

First week of May: Concrete is poured for the second floor.

May 2:  “Hope Rising” .. the elevator shaft reaches skyward.

April 2016

April 23:  Hard hat tour for the American Cancer Society Board of Directors.

April 20: Second floor construction continues.

April 11:  With work starting on the garage ceiling / second floor, it’s easier to envision Hope Lodge as a shelter for neighbor island patients.

February 2016

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January 2016

January 20: The Hawaiian Dredging team has been working very hard! Take a look at this week’s progress –  the elevator shaft and the stairwell structures are nearly complete.

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January 7: Hope Lodge has partial walls! We expect the first floor walls and columns to be completed by mid-February 2016, and the second floor walls and columns to be completed by mid-March 2016.

December 2015

As you can see from the photos below, we are progressing at the construction site with the continued excavation of footings, installing structural steel, and pouring concrete at the footings. The next construction milestone anticipated will be the completion of the foundation footings by the end of December 2015.

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October 2015