Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Unveils Newly Renovated Mauka Tower at Moanalua Medical Center

Six-story tower includes the newest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Hawaii, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment and family-centered features

Press Release
Maui Rehabilitation Specialty Center

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today unveiled the six-story Mauka Tower at its Moanalua Medical Center after an extensive renovation that increased the number of patient rooms while creating a healing environment and making the hospital more accommodating to families and visitors. The $140 million Mauka Tower renovation completes a multi-phase expansion project at Moanalua Medical Center; the first phase was completed in April 2008 with the addition of a six-story wing.

“The new Mauka Tower expansion and renovation brings cutting-edge technology and a tranquil, healing environment to our patients recovering from serious health events,” said Janet Liang, president of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Privacy, natural light, fresh air and the ability to make simple decisions for themselves, like ordering room service, improve the patient’s well being and promote healing.”


The Mauka Tower project encompasses approximately 160,000 square feet and added 42 patient beds, including 18 new private rooms, in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These are built to accommodate large families, all new state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment, and multiple safety equipment additions and upgrades. A key design feature is private patient rooms and special family spaces that allow loved ones to remain close by, contributing to patients’ recovery and overall health. The renovation carries over design elements used in the first phase of the Moanalua Medical Center renovation, which are also conducive to a patient’s recovery, including warmer furnishings and artwork, soft colors and use of natural light wherever possible. The project also uses green technology to lessen environmental impacts through recycling and sustainable architecture and landscaping.

“We understand that hospitals can be daunting for both patients and their loved ones,” said Mark Santi, MD, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group physician leader for the renovation and associate medical director of surgical specialties. “With the renovation of our Mauka Tower, we can provide an enhanced setting that meets our standards for delivering high quality, safe care and is also a comfortable, healing environment sensitive to our patients’ recovery and the incredible support they receive from their families and friends.”

The Mauka Tower renovation includes:

Patient Care Features

  • Additional 42 patient beds, for a total of 277 beds at Moanalua Medical Center
  • 80 new private patient rooms including:
      • 28 Intensive Care rooms
      • 18 private Neonatal Intensive Care Unit rooms
      • 34 private patient rooms
  • State-of-the-art patient lift systems in rooms to ensure safety for both patients and staff
  • Room service menu featuring healthy, local favorites, available for order and delivery to patients daily from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Natural light and sweeping views of Moanalua Valley and Diamond Head
  • Soft, warm colors and design themes by floor: Palm (2), Bamboo (3), Water (4), Kukui (5) and Orchid (6)
  • Artwork by local artists such as Arna Johnson, Peggy Krantz and Meala Bishop, with pieces selected for healing and respect for culture and diversity.

Family-Centered Features

  • Renovated and refurbished visitor lounges with privacy workstations on every patient-care floor
  • New meditation room for peaceful reflection and healing
  • Outdoor garden lanai with plants and shaded sitting areas

General Upgrades

  • Revamped way finding system for navigating the facility
  • Free wireless Internet available throughout the building

“Green” Features

  • White granulated cap sheet on the roof and insulated/glazed windows and window shades reduce heat gain and lower energy consumption
  • Low volatile organic-compounds paint that is better for the environment
  • Use of no less than 25 percent recycled steel
  • Rubber flooring made from the rubber plant, a renewable resource, reduces staff fatigue and requires less maintenance

Architect on the renovation project was Lionakis, with Swinerton Builders as the contractor.

Kaiser Permanente is the highest ranked health plan in the state, among the top 20 nationally1 and the only 5-star Medicare plan in Hawaii. It continues to be a model for innovative health care by leveraging new technology and best practices, and continually working to provide better service and access.

1. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDISÒ) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care.