Hospice resource center $25K closer to completion

Kauai Hospice’s Compass to Compassion E Ho‘okele I Kealoha Capital Campaign has been awarded a two-year grant of $25,000 from the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation, the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank, according to a press release.

“We are so excited that the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation could assist us in providing Kaua‘i with its first resource center for end-of-life care,” said Roberta Wallace-Cable, Campaign General Chair, in the release.

In 1999, Kaua‘i Hospice leaders began to focus on the space, efficiency and program stability problems that their current facility presented. They knew that their popular programs and the projected needs of a growing community would soon require the use of additional space. Having experienced the rental option and studied the possibility of buying an existing facility, leaders opted to secure property and build a facility, determining that it would be the simplest and most cost-effective use of the community’s resources.

In 2005, Kaua‘i Hospice embarked on its first ever capital campaign. The Compass to Compassion E Ho‘okele I Kealoha Capital Campaign was begun with a $2.2 million goal of which $1.1 million was generously donated by an anonymous supporter. Due to higher than anticipated construction costs, the campaign goal escalated to $2.4 million.

“We’re pleased to support Kaua‘i Hospice’s capital campaign and to help them realize this long-awaited dream,” said Sharon Shiroma Brown, president of First Hawaiian Bank Foundation, in the release.

During 2005, the foundation and bank contributed $2.9 million to more than 330 nonprofit organizations. The foundation funds educational opportunities, access to health care, services for children and youth, human service needs, and the many ways that the arts enrich lives.

The mission of Kaua‘i Hospice is to ensure the highest quality of life possible for individuals and their families facing a life-threatening illness; to provide bereavement support to individuals, and to promote an understanding of Hospice services.

For more information about Kaua‘i Hospice, or to make a donation, please contact Liana Soong at 245-7277.

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