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Hospital Improvements

Thanks to the investment of State Capital Improvement funds, Ka’u Hospital has undergone a number of renovations over the past few years.

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A Caring Community Supports Ka’u

Community engagement is our biggest strength and greatest inspiration.  Our community’s volunteerism and financial support have been remarkable over the years...

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Emergency Preparedness

The Big Island gets more than our fair share of natural disasters and as the only hospital in a district as large as the entire island of Oahu, we must be prepared.

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Welcome to Ka'u Hospital

Aloha and Welcome,

Ka’u Hospital was built in 1971 replacing the last of this island’s sugar plantation hospitals. While many changes have occurred since then, our hospital continues to be the only inpatient medical facility in the district of Ka’u. We have also grown to be one of the largest employers in the area contributing $6.7 million dollars to the local economy each year.  

In 2001, Ka’u Hospital was certified as a critical access hospital – a federal designation given to small hospitals that provide essential emergency and acute care services in remote areas.  In 2003, we added a rural health clinic to our services so that we could offer a broader range of health care to the community.  

Today, we offer a 24/7 emergency department, inpatient medical and rehabilitation care, long-term care, adult day health, x-ray and  lab services, in addition to our family practice rural health clinic.    

Our staff care very deeply for the well-being of our patients and are very excited about the improvements we have made to enhance and expand our services. We hope that as you explore this new website, you, too, will see that we are on a mission to be the very best that we can be for this community.

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Joseph Lewis, MD

Joseph Lewis, MD

Emergency Medicine

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Licensed Practical Nurse Training Offered

Ka’u Hospital has partnered with Hawaii Community College (HCC) and the Ka'u Rural Health Education and Distance Learning Center to provide a licensed practical nurse training program for students who live in the Ka'u area. 

A good portion of the classroom learning takes place at the Ka'u Rural Health Education and Distance Learning Center, headed by Aunty Jessie Marques. The center's location in the heart of Pahala makes LPN training attainable for potential students from the area. Training close to home also avoids the obstacles of having to travel over 50 miles to HCC in Hilo in light of very limited public transportation from Pahala.

The clinical rotations will include Ka’u Hospital, Hilo Medical Center and Life care center of Hilo. With a similar partnership five years ago, a CNA training program was launched at Ka’u Hospital. Some of those graduates became valued employees.  The LPN program is an important next step in our efforts to “grow our own” future health care workers.

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News and Updates



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