Lunalilo Home offers “respite” or short-term, temporary, in-residence care for elders who need a supervised and structured setting while families take a break from the daily routine of caregiving.

A Home Away from Home

Respite residents enjoy the same privileges and benefits as long-term Residential Care residents, including:

  • Accommodations in a single, double or multi-person occupancy room
  • Basic bedroom furnishings
  • Bed and bath linens
  • Meals and snacks (sample menu)
  • Meal planning, preparation and service
  • Assistance with personal care (bathing, dressing, grooming, and ambulatory assistance)
  • Medication management
  • Health status/condition change monitoring
  • First aid care
  • Recreational, cultural and spiritual activities (sample calendar)
  • Laundry services

Respite Care is provided on a first-come, space-available basis. There is no guarantee that a bed may be reserved for a specific timeframe. Respite Care durations may be between two (2) and 30 consecutive days.

Depending on the individual's care needs, Respite Care fees range from $300 to $400 per night, plus a one-time $100 application fee.

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How to Apply

We welcome new applicants for our Respite Care program year-round.

Respite residents must complete the same application process as Residential Care residents. A Level of Care (LOC) evaluation must be performed by an applicant's primary care physician (PCP) prior to admission. Once the PCP has completed the Hawaiʻi State LOC evaluation form, the Home's Director of Nursing will perform an admission assessment, which takes into consideration: medical condition(s) and nursing needs; ability to manage daily routines; ambulatory status; activities of daily living (ADLs) — bathing, dressing, grooming, etc.; and behavioral issues.

Who is Eligible?

Any adult senior who is ambulatory or independently mobile with devices and in need of minimal to moderate supervision and/or assistance with personal care needs (Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)) is eligible to apply for admission to Lunalilo Home as a Residential Care and/or Respite Care resident. We welcome seniors of both Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian ancestry. In keeping with King William Charles Lunalilo's will, priority will be given to kūpuna of Hawaiian ancestry.

Our residents are part of a vibrant kūpuna community. New residents must be able to adjust to group living through the many recreational, cultural and spiritual activities that we host and provide.

How Do I Apply?

Any individual or organization may refer prospective residents to Lunalilo Home. Any individual or his/her physician, health care agency representative, social worker or family member can submit an application.

The application process is as follows:

  1. Complete and submit a Resident Application Packet.
    The Resident Application Packet includes:

    • A General Application Form to be completed by the prospective resident or their responsible party.
    • Primary Care Physician's Forms to be completed by the physician on behalf of the prospective resident. All prospective residents must be examined by a licensed physician within three (3) months prior to admission.
    • A two-step tuberculosis (TB) clearance.
    • Two-step Covid-19 vaccination
    • Verification of negative Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to admission
    • A current TB clearance or a chest X-ray performed within one (1) year prior to the date of the Admissions Packet submission confirming that the prospective resident does not have active TB.
    • An Admission Suitability Guide.
    • The Hawaiʻi State Level of Care (LOC) Form OHCA ARCH N2.
    • A copy of the prospective applicant's birth certificate.
    • A copy of the prospective applicant's Power of Attorney (POA) documents.
    • A one-time $500 community fee (checks may be made out to: Lunalilo Home).
  2. An appointment will be scheduled for an interview and further evaluation with the prospective resident and his/her family members/caregivers.
    All prospective residents are assessed prior to admission.

    After admission, if subsequent determination is made by the Home's staff that a resident is no longer deemed appropriate for the program, the resident will be dis-enrolled.

Resident Services Subsidy Program

It is the policy of Lunalilo Home to primarily admit Hawaiians (of aboriginal blood) who are poor, destitute and infirm. Such individuals must satisfactorily demonstrate (1) Hawaiian extraction, (2) financial situation, and (3) health status in keeping with the facilities and services provided by the Home. To the extent there are available bed spaces at the Home and as provided by law, preference will first be given to elderly Hawaiians and then to the general elderly community who are able to pay the full cost of residence at the Home.

Native Hawaiians who satisfy admission requirements and who demonstrate financial need (defined as insufficient liquid and/or non-liquid assets to pay monthly resident fees) are eligible to apply for resident service subsidies from Lunalilo Home subject to the availability of funding. The Home staff will notify those who are eligible to apply for resident service subsidies.

Funds available for subsidy are limited to those raised from charitable donations, proceeds from fundraisers, and investment earnings from the Lunalilo Trust. Consequently, subsidized residents and/or their loved ones are asked to contribute whatever is financially feasible to cover their resident service fees in order to ensure that Lunalilo Home can continue to serve those in greatest need of assistance.

More Information

If you have any questions, we may already have answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Our Admissions Director is also here to guide applicants through the admissions process and can be reached at:

Phone: (808) 395-1000
Fax: (808) 395-8487
Email: Admissions