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2012 Founders & Visionaries - Wahine Edition

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Manoa Cottage

Sandra Shim and Family (L to R: Rory Loughran, Elizabeth Shim-Loughran, Jonathan Shim, Christopher Shim), Jennifer Shim (not shown).

Eighteen years ago, Sandra Shim, CEO of Manoa Cottage, created an eight-bed care home in her own residence. Then, her next-door neighbor’s house went up for sale.

“Since it was adjacent and 10 feet away, I bought it, tore it down, and rebuilt it specifically to care home standards,” Shim says.

Three years later, the house next to the other two went up for sale, and Shim repeated the process. Now, Manoa Cottage encompasses three eight-bed facilities that offer 24-hour care for Care Home and Expanded (nursing home) level residents.

“It is part of the Aging in Place program,” Shim says. In addition to Aging in Place, the company also specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Previously in the real estate management business, Shim turned to elderly care because she “saw a need for good care,” she says. “All my residents are on a journey, and it is my mission to make it as joyful and safe as possible.”

To accomplish this mission, Shim utilized her experience in building and decorating houses to create a facility fit for the residents. And although she lacked experience in this specific field, she was able to learn along the way. “I’ve learned from my nurses, aides and especially my children.”

Shim’s children returned to Hawaii from jobs in engineering and finance on the Mainland. Their background proved especially beneficial to the business, and the company opened Manoa Cottage Kaimuki, a 27-bed nursing home, in June 2012, with plans to add an additional 15 beds in the near future.

And even though the family’s background lies on the professional side of the business, they’ve succeeded in creating a warm, comfortable atmosphere residents and their families can enjoy.

“Families like visiting the facility because it’s fun,” Shim says. “We have a rabbit, dogs, a pond full of tilapia, which the kids enjoy fishing in, and we run fishing derbies for the residents.” They also have a Namaste Care program, edible landscaping and plans for photovoltaic installations in the near future.

Providing this type of environment for the residents has been a fulfilling venture for Shim. “Once I started the business, I got a great sense of satisfaction working with the residents,” she says. “I consider them all my family.”

Shim also recognizes her staff and volunteers for the quality of meaningful and helpful assistance they provide.

“Your heart feels good,” she says. “It is a great responsibility, and Hawaii is filled with nurses, social workers, certified nurse aides, cooks and activity therapists who have caring hearts and want to work for a good organization that gives excellent care.”


Manoa Cottage
2305 Kamehameha Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96822

Manoa Cottage—Kaimuki
748 Olokele Avenue
Honolulu, HI  96816


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