Hospice receives $25,000 challenge

Hospice Maui has been presented with a matching grant challenge that will help to raise needed funds in support of Hospice Maui’s five-bedroom Hospice Home, Hale Ho’olu’olu.

Community members Lloyd and Barbara Amundson have pledged to match all new gifts made to this project, up to $25,000 – which could lead to a combined donation of $50,000.

It is the hope of the Amundsons that their offer to match all new donations will inspire other Maui residents to give, according to a news release.

Currently there is not a hospice residence on Maui. “We feel this wonderful facility is a needed addition for the people of Maui,” the Amundsons said in the release. “And we are blessed to help them in some small way.”

The total cost of the Hospice Maui facilities expansion is $3.5 million and includes the five-bedroom Hospice hale and an office building from which the hospice team will coordinate hospice care and services.

With this offer to essentially double the impact of each donation, Hospice Maui hopes to surpass the halfway mark in its fundraising goals for this project by December.

“No amount is too small, and every donation will be matched until we reach the $25,000 challenge goal,” said Hospice Maui’s CEO, Greg LaGoy. The challenge expires Dec. 1.

According to LaGoy, most terminally ill people wish to spend the last part of their lives in their own homes to the extent possible.

Those who are unable to stay in their homes, for whatever reason, are faced with choosing to be in a hospital, nursing home, care home or assistedliving facility.

Given the choice, the person who is ill will typically prefer to be in a hospice residence, according to the news release.

Hale Ho’olu’olu will provide the privacy and quiet that cannot be achieved in a hospital, along with expert around-the-clock care, ensuring that life’s last journey is as peaceful and dignified as possible.

The design phase for Hale Ho’olu’olu is complete.

For more information about this project or to learn how to support Hospice Maui, visit, call 244-5555, or write 400 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793.