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2013 Founders & Visionaries

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Many of Hawaii’s companies started with a visionary idea, or an individual whose determination and acumen built them in to what we know today. From humble beginnings to looking towards to the future, the companies featured in this section are a testament to longevity and accomplishment. Find out how this group of companies got started and built in to the successes they are today in this latest edition of the Founders & Visionaries series.


Kāhala Nui

Hawaii's Number One Choice For Kūpuna Care

Strategic Planning Committee, Wendy Wong, Executive Director, Dana Matlin, Director of Human Resources, Patrick Duarte, President & CEO, Jay Duquette, Administrator Hi‘olani Care Center and Darlene Canto, Director of Marketing & Community Outreach. Missing from photo, Huilan Kamita, Director of Business Office.

Patrick Duarte, President & CEO. 

Less than a decade ago, a small group of visionaries recognized the community’s need for kupuna housing and care. The vision was to preserve the traditional sense of ‘ohana and island style living with the security of health care in an environment of trust, dignity and respect.  In 2005, after years of planning and hard work, Kahala Nui came into being, a dream fulfilled:  270 apartment homes serving 360 families.  On the same campus, Hi‘olani Care Center delivers assisted living, memory support and comprehensive nursing services. 

Underlying Kahala Nui’s emerging presence is its commitment to the broader senior community in Hawaii.  “Our primary mission is to serve the seniors that reside at Kahala Nui,” says Darlene Canto, Director of Marketing and Community Outreach. “And, we continue to expand our outreach efforts. We look at ways to provide seniors with improved access to information and services and support initiatives that promote aging in place. We are also proponents of educating our kupuna and caregivers about self-care.”  This not-for-profit organization partners with other organizations that support Hawaii’s elder population. Their contributions to improve the lives of seniors, including in-kind donations, nearly tripled in 2012.  

Kahala Nui’s reputation for quality care and service engenders active and happy residents, and a steady waitlist. The organization’s success is built on a strong commitment to its mission and the preservation of the island lifestyle and values. “There are continuing care retirement communities all over the country,” Canto says. “When people come here they experience the spirit of ‘ohana and a gracious Hawaiian lifestyle. It’s like returning to a simpler way of life and coming home all at once.” 

That philosophy combined with a healthcare model called Life Care allows seniors to secure their future within a safe and dynamic environment. The signature care package includes:

  • Lifetime Residency
  • Estate Preservation (90% refundable resident deposit)
  • Priority Access to Assisted Living and Comprehensive Nursing
  • Quality Healthcare at a Significant Discount

For these reasons and more, Ka-hala Nui is Hawaii’s number one choice for ku-puna care. For more information please see www.KahalaNui.com.

Residents enjoy the following amenities at Ka-hala Nui:

  • Complimentary Valet Service
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Scheduled Transportation
  • Water and Electricity
  • Interior Maintenance
  • Exterior Maintenance
  • Housekeeping Service
  • Concierge
  • Linen Service
  • Casual and Fine Dining
  • Basic Cable Service
  • Central Air Conditioning
  • 24-Hour Security
  • Emergency Call System


4389 Malia Street
Honolulu, HI 96821

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