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Hale Ola Kino

When it comes to working with people you like, Hale Ola Kino takes it one step further. “We are ohana, serving ohana,” says company administrator Jolene Kageyama. “The culture here is one of support and openness.”

A skilled nursing community, Hale Ola Kino prides itself on providing a place “where residents are treated with dignity and surrounded with style,” Kageyama says. In order to provide residents with the utmost in quality care, Kageyama ensures her multi-disciplinary staff of 54 is kept happy as well.

Front row: Noel Alejo, Housekeeper; Cathy Fernandez, Human Resources Asst; Minda Bonilla, CNA; Noralyn Fernando, Medical Records Coordinator; Luz Gante, CNA; Vicky Casey, Office Manager; & Lilia Estrellon, RN Charge Nurse
Second row: Jan Woitas, Activity Director; Keani Kamai, Social Services Coordinator; Jolene Kageyama, Administrator; Agnes Estabillo, LPN; Roselle Salon, Director of Nurses; Roland Salon, Resident Care Manager; and Loan Nguyen, Activity Assistant

It takes exceptional, kindhearted people to care for the residents in a way that honors the high standards Hale Ola Kino has set. “You have to have compassion and love for the services we provide. We can teach people how to take blood pressure or other things like that, but we can’t teach compassion,” Kageyama says. “It has to be engrained into your body and soul. When we interview people, we look for whether they are a right fit for the organization. It’s all about our kupuna.” This strong passion for caring for others may be at the root of why the associates get along so well.

Kageyama also recognizes the unique needs of each person on staff.  The Hale Ola Kino associates can enjoy a comprehensive benefits plan, but they can also do something a little different. “If an associate already has health insurance coverage, either from another employer or spouse, they may waive health insurance and receive additional money in their paycheck,” Kageyama says.

Being attentive to associate needs is part of the culture at Hale Ola Kino, which also welcomes children of staff members into the work environment. “Many times, we offer an intergenerational program between keiki and the elders. Our senior population love being with the children, so having kids come and participate or sit one-to-one with an elder is rewarding on both ends,” Kageyama says.

Myrna Cortez, CNA (12 years)
Loan Nguyen, Activity Assistant (13 years)

The associates can also enjoy a host of other benefits. Last year, during Nursing Home week, which the company celebrates annually, associates were treated to a spa day. “They got to have manicures, massages and mini facials,” Kageyama says. “It was just a really nice way to say thank you to them for their hard work and their efforts.”

Kageyama credits the staff with making Hale Ola Kino such a wonderful place to work. “It’s a good place,” Kageyama says. “It’s a fun, lively environment that looks like it’s your home. You have staff singing in the hallways, and it’s a lot of fun.” 


(808) 983-4444
1314 Kalakaua Avenue, 2nd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96826

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