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Hawaii's Top Employers 2013: Hale Ola Kino

Front Row: Arlene Alejo, 5 years; Myrna Cortez, 13 years; Minda Bonilla, 5 years, Luz Gante, 10 years
Second Row: Jun Lagon, 2 years; Roland Salon, 11 years; Cathy Fernandez, 2 years; Jan Woitas, 6 years;
Andrew Angeles, 6 months; Jolene Kageyama 15 years; Roselle Salon, 13 years; Loan Nguyen, 13 years;
Annie Hung, 9 years; Rachel Aninag, 5 years; Tovine Kilisome, 5 years; and Noel Alejo, 3 years.

Hale Ola Kino has made caring for others its trademark. The nursing community has been an eight-time recipient of Hawaii Business Magazine’s Best Places to Work recognition and a three-time recipient of the America’s Best Nursing Homes award. Their secret has been to treat everyone, clients and staff, with dignity, respect and utmost care.

“Our philosophy is to treat our residents with dignity and respect and to surround them with style, quality care and exceptional service,” says administrator Jolene Kageyama. “Our staff receives those same philosophies. They are treated with respect and care and are provided the resources they need to do their job. In turn, they like coming to work and they take pride in doing their jobs well.”

Q: What do you like most about working at Hale Ola Kino?

Jan, activity coordinator: Our team works in harmony. I feel my work makes a difference for each resident.

Myrna, certified nursing assistant: I love the beautiful atmosphere and the very caring, loving and respectable staff.

Andrew, social services coordinator: I really like the work environment I am surrounded in. You can really tell that a TEAM effort is going on because we all work for the common goal of providing our residents with the care and ambiance that they deserve.

Q: What differentiates working at Hale Ola Kino from working somewhere else?

Jan: Quality of life is the focus, not only a good concept.

Annie, certified nursing assistant:  I am not sure how other working places do, all I know is that I can’t wait to go back to work the next day. Every day working in Hale Ola Kino is another busy, fun day.

Loan, activity associate: I feel valued for the work that I do. The teamwork is the best.

Cathy Fernandez, Administrative Services Director (left) Jolene Kageyama, Administrator.

Cathy, director of administrative services: The people. My coworkers, the residents and everyone involved within our community are just awesome. The closeness and teamwork that we have just drives us for success. We ensure that not only are our residents happy, but staff as well. A happy staff is more productive, which in return makes our residents and family members happy. 

Q: What would you say to someone who is considering applying at Hale Ola Kino?

Annie: I would say welcome to your new family, because if you join us here, we will treat you like a family member.

Annabel, registered nurse: There is a lot to learn when working here, and you will get a lot of support from managers and coworkers. 


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

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