This campus has a strong foothold in Hawaii’s medical history. Today, if you ask someone, “Are you familiar with REHAB?” Many times they reply, “Oh yes, of course, the old Children’s Hospital.”
But history shows that there are more than these two organizations that have roots here. Here’s a brief timeline of events:
1909: November 25, Kauikeolani Children’s Hospital opened its doors. One of the few hospitals in the world at that time that was dedicated to treating children.
1923: Shriner’s approached Children’s Hospital to request a space that was dedicated to treating disabled children. They were granted a space in the back wing where they remained for the rest of the decade. Hawaii is the second of the network of 22 Shriner’s non-profit hospitals around the world.
1930: Shriner’s Hospital moved to their current location on Punahou Street following a donation from the Dowsett family.
1948: Two Quonset huts were put together to house the Sultan School for Handicapped Children (now Easter Seals) on the grounds of the Children’s Hospital.
1953: With the polio epidemic and the returning Korean War veterans, there was a strong need for physical rehabilitation services in Hawaii. The Rehabilitation Center of the Pacific admitted its first patients on September 15.
1975: The Center separated from Children’s Hospital to become an independent non-profit hospital. It was renamed Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB).
1978: Kauikeolani Children’s Hospital moved to Punahou Street and merged with Kapiolani Hospital to become what we now know as Kapiolani Women’s and Children’s Hospital. REHAB took over the main Kuakini Street campus.