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Wellness assistant Sopha Naumann leads daily aquatic classes.
Good Samaritan Society Pohai Nani
50 Years of Making a Difference
Patricia Camero, ED, enjoys the view with resident Leimomi Stephenson
Executive Director Patricia Camero
Founded upon Christian ideals, The Good Samaritan Pohai Nani celebrates a milestone 50th anniversary this year. Their secret to success: keeping their mission in the heart of what they do.
“Our mission is to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need,” says Kelika Ishol, director of sales, marketing and resource development. “We believe that in Christ’s love, everyone is someone.”
The non-profit retirement community prides itself on offering a full continuum of care, should residents need it.
“Pohai Nani is a rental community that offers independent living,” Ishol says. “We can also provide hands-on care and assistance, allowing our residents to receive a full spectrum of care all on the same campus.”
Residents can take comfort in having the freedom to live as they choose, while knowing that care is there if they need it. They also know they have a voice in the community.
“Our residents call the shots, and we listen,” Ishol says. “We have a very active resident hui, and they drive the community. From the entertainment committee to the Aloha committee, our residents partner with staff members to make Pohai Nani a thriving and active community.”
The ohana atmosphere, paired with a constant drive for improvement, has helped the community garner a great reputation, with multiple generations of families living there.
“We really have great offerings that keep our residents up to date,” Ishol says. “For example, we received a $500,000 donation that allowed us to renovate and upgrade our auditorium. Another donor helped us to purchase a street sweeper, and we’ve also equipped our fitness center with all new, state-of-the-art air-pressure weight machines.”
Donors recognize the good work being done at Pohai Nani, and they support it. This year, our big project is to raise funds to renovate each floor lobby in our main building.
“The changes are tangible, but the intangible, the Aloha spirit, will never change,” Ishol says. “I’ve been in this industry for more than 15 years, and Pohai Nani, I can sincerely say, has a magic that truly resonates from the heart.”
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