American Cancer Society Hawai‘i Pacific recognized the need for the construction of a 20-bedroom, centrally-located Hope Lodge on O‘ahu. Hope Lodge Hawai‘i adds to the network of more than 30 Hope Lodges in operation across the United States.
At full occupancy, Hawai‘i’s Hope Lodge will result in over $1.38 million in savings to cancer patients per year by providing up to 7,300 free room nights for an estimated 487 patients and their caregivers per year. The more than 650 cancer patients from the neighbor islands and Guam who travel to O‘ahu for necessary cancer treatment, now have a place to heal.
Grand Opening Maile Lei Untying
A 60-year charitable land lease at 241-B & 251 Vineyard Street was provided by The Queen’s Medical Center and The Queen Emma Land Company. Hope Lodge Hawai‘i is three stories tall with 22,311 square feet of occupied space on its footprint.
The vision to “Give Hope a Home” required a significant fundraising effort. The Hope Lodge Hawai‘i campaign goal was $11.9 million to build and sustain the facility. A campaign cabinet was formed, co-chaired by Lawrence Tseu and Jim Schuler. Fundraising and construction was completed in Fall 2016.
Amenities of the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Hawai‘i include:
• Twenty guest rooms, each with a private bath and television
• Fully equipped residential kitchen with a communal dining room
• Laundry rooms
• A resource library with two computer stations
• Relaxation rooms with chairs, sofas and a television
• Outdoor patio and healing garden
• Multi-purpose room
• Free wireless internet access
• Free parking
• Free daily transportation to and from treatment centers