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Hospital opens newly renovated cafeteria

Maui Memorial Medical Center employees browse the pizza/panini bar in June shortly after phase one of renovations were complete for Cafe Laulima. The facility was blessed and a grand reopening was held last week. Maui Health photos
Nutrition team member Marithel Versola holds up one of the items from Cafe Laulima’s new grab-and-go area. The newly renovated cafeteria had its grand reopening last week at Maui Memorial Medical Center. It is currently not open to the public.

Maui Memorial Medical Center recently celebrated its newly renovated and newly named cafeteria, “Cafe Laulima.”

The remodeled food service area features new, healthy food and menu options including a panini and pizza bar; a hot service area that includes daily vegetarian and soup options; and grab-and-go items such as pre-packed and individually wrapped sandwiches, salads, chia seed pudding cups and other single-serve snacks and desserts. It also includes a built-in service area designed to be used for a salad bar, by employee request, once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

The redesigned dining room area features professional photography by the hospital’s cook, Scott Idemoto, and histology technician Jase Kalawaia.

Cafe Laulima was the winning name submitted by Maui Memorial obstetrics nurse Laura Schick and voted on by employees and providers in June when the first phase of renovations were completed.

Currently, Cafe Laulima is only open to Maui Health employees and providers and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, according to a news release.

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