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Hawaii State Hospital

Who We Are

Our mission is to provide excellent inpatient psychiatric services for court ordered individuals within a safe and therapeutic environment. Our history tells our story - CURRENT UPDATE: We are building a new facility on the hill overlooking our beautiful campus, to expand our capacity, while we continue serving patients housed in seven inpatient units and four outpatient cottages. 2009: The Hospital opened the outpatient unit, comprised of four cottages, for a specialized residential program. 2003: The Hospital instituted a patient-centered treatment mall, emphasizing psycho-social rehabilitation, with therapy and life skills classes provided for patients on the Hospital campus. 1991: The newest Hawai'i State Hospital buildings open with open-air courtyards in secure locked units, and more comfortable and modern facilities for patients. 1988: Construction of new units begins as mental health is made a top State priority, under Hawaii's agenda to be The Health State. 1959: Statehood means change of name to "Hawai'i State Hospital." 1942: Hospital is occupied by the Navy for treatment of World War II bombing casualties. 1930: "The Territorial Hospital" opens at the present Kaneohe site, with transfer of 541 patients from the Palama facility. 1866: "O'ahu Insane Asylum" opens in Palama. Six patients transferred from the jail. 1862: King Kamehameha recognizes needs of the mentally ill and authorizes a place of care.
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What We Do

Situated aside the beautiful Ko'olau foothills with a view of Kane'ohe Bay, Hawai'i State Hospital is the only hospital in Hawai'i dedicated solely to serving adults with serious mental illnesses. The Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission, and serves within the continuum of mental health care statewide. Patients receive clinical care based on safety and health care needs, and not on patients' ability to pay or other financial concerns. Volunteers are an important part of Hospital programs. Volunteers assist the Hospital's professional and support staff in a variety of valued ways. These include office or support roles, visiting patients, or assisting clinical staff in patient care. All staff - volunteers and professional alike - work cooperatively to help patients achieve successful reintegration with the community. Volunteers, like all other staff, receive training in their specific assignments. Many volunteers find their experience a great opportunity to dispel myths and develop greater compassion and appreciation for individuals with mental illness. Volunteers help the Hospital promote better community understanding of mental illness and its treatment. Essential patient care services and programs of the Hospital include Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Services (Social Work), Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR), Recreation Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Forensic Psychiatry, Dual-diagnosis Mental Illness/Substance Abuse treatment (MISA), Spiritual Care/Chaplain Services, and more.
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Contact Information

Address Information
45-710 Keaahala Road
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Office Hours: Hawaii State Hospital operates 24 hours day / 7 days a week
Contact: Douglas Pyle
Contact Title: Mental Health Volunteer Services Specialist
Phone: (808) 236-8292
Fax: (808) 247-7335
Email: Douglas.Pyle@doh.hawaii.gov

NOTE: Please make an appointment to visit Hawai'i State Hospital. Call or use email to request a time. When considering a volunteer opportunity, note that the Hospital expects a six month minimum commitment from you. This will ensure you get the most out of the training and experience you receive when volunteering.


To get to Hawai'i State Hospital:

BY CAR from KANEOHE: on Kahekili or Kam Hwy, turn mauka onto Keaahala Road. Go straight on uphill to Windward Community College. Go LEFT at the roundabout. Continue to the Hospital guard shack. Stop for help and instructions by talking with the friendly security guard.

BY CAR from HONOLULU: Take Likelike Hwy. toward Kaneohe. After the tunnel, stay in far right lane (exit to the right). This puts you onto Kahekili Hwy. Cross through 2 traffic lights (including Likelike) and TURN LEFT at 3rd light onto Kea?ahala Road. Continue uphill. Go LEFT at the roundabout. Continue to the Hospital guard shack. Stop for help and instructions by talking with the friendly security guard.

BY BUS: Use the bus stop near Windward Community College. Walk along the road to the LEFT of the roundabout (in front of the WCC Administration Building, heading left). Ask the guard at the guard shack for further instructions and a visitor pass.