“The best time for someone to move in to a community such as ours, is while they’re healthy and active,” says Pat Duarte, President & CEO of Kāhala Nui, a Life Care retirement community for those over the age of 62. “That way they can fully enjoy all of the amenities we offer, avoid isolation, and maintain an active lifestyle much longer.”
Isolation, Duarte says, is actually one of the biggest challenges that seniors face. As we age, seeing, hearing, and getting around become more difficult. We often lose touch with family and friends so there is a greater tendency to become more reclusive. “But living here with new and exciting things happening right on campus, our kūpuna are much more engaged and active than they would be otherwise.”
This year, Kāhala Nui celebrates 10 years since opening, but its foundation was laid over two decades ago based on a vision of a gracious island style retirement experience built on `ohana values. When the project fell into receivership, it was retired Navy Captain, Chuck Swanson, who brought it back to life. These days, Swanson is a resident living on campus, enjoying the experience that he helped build.
With immaculate attention to detail and situated on nearly seven acres in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the state, Kāhala Nui has enjoyed a waitlist for almost a decade. Its signature Life Care program includes lifelong residency to 450 residents in one, two, and three-bedroom units for a total of 270 independent living apartment homes and 123 health center residences, a 90 percent refundable resident deposit that is returned to the resident’s estate, quality life care at a significant discount, and access to assisted living and comprehensive nursing, if needed, to support all stages of aging.
As a responsible 501(c)(3) organization, Kāhala Nui continues to partner with other charitable organizations in the community, supporting outreach programs for seniors such as Aloha United Way, Alzheimer’s Association, Catholic Charities Hawaii’s Housing Assistance Program for seniors, Hawaii Meals on Wheels, Kokua Kalihi Valley’s Elder Care Senior Program, Palama Settlement and Project Dana. The goal is to help seniors to age in place no matter where they live.
Duarte is also quick to credit those around him for Kāhala Nui’s success in providing the retirement experience for seniors. “I think our staff is phenomenal,” he says. “It’s not just about the architecture and landscape, though we’re blessed with an attractive campus, but it really is about our outstanding staff members who are professional and committed to our residents. I guess the word gets out when you champion a compassionate and caring environment.”
Visit Kāhala Nui online to learn more today at www.KahalaNui.com.
4389 Malia Street
Honolulu, HI 96821