FAQ ~ frequently asked questions

Who can stay at Hope Lodge Hawai‘i?

Hope Lodges are available to patients actively undergoing outpatient cancer treatment and one caregiver. Patients must live at least 40 miles or a one-hour drive away from their treatment facility. Patients must be at least 18 years old and be independently mobile in the event of an emergency. Patients are not screened for any financial or demographic criteria.

How much will it cost to stay at Hope Lodge Hawai‘i?

There is no cost to stay at any American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.

What kind of environment can we expect at Hope Lodge Hawai‘i?

Hope Lodge Hawai‘i offers 20 private guest rooms with bathrooms. The facility is designed for a shared experience in other aspects of daily life– common areas, a fully-equipped double kitchen for guests to prepare their own meals, a dining room, living rooms, library and resource room, multipurpose room, laundry on each floor, a contemplation room, and a beautiful outdoor garden with seating. Hope Lodge Hawai‘i is a place where guests can count on emotional support from other patients and caregivers who also are undergoing treatment. Guests will rally around each other, building life-affirming connections and lifetime friendships.

Free transportation for guests will be available to and from hospitals, local treatment centers, shopping centers, pharmacies, and the airport.

What is the average length of stay?

The average length of stay for patients and caregivers is expected to be 15 days at Hope Lodge Hawai‘i.

How many people have been served by the Hope Lodge network?

In 2016, nearly 24,000 patients, caregivers, and family members stayed at more than 30 American Cancer Society Hope Lodge locations throughout the nation, saving nearly $37 million in hotel expenses.

How many people will be served at Hope Lodge in Hawai’i?

The Hope Lodge facility in Honolulu will provide up to 7,300 free housing nights for an estimated 487 patients receiving active cancer treatment.

How are Hope Lodge locations funded?

Donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations will provide the funds necessary for Hope Lodge operations, allowing patients and caregivers to stay free of charge.

When was the first Hope Lodge founded?

Founded by Margot Freudenberg, the first Hope Lodge opened in 1970, in Charleston, South Carolina.