Foundation awards $2M grant to long-term care facility - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Foundation awards $2M grant to long-term care facility

Carole Tokioka Carole Tokioka
Darryl Ing Darryl Ing
Raymond Tam Raymond Tam

By Leland Kim - bio | email

PALOLO (KHNL) - Hawaii's largest long-term care facility gets a hefty grant; a big boost during these tough economic times.  The money helps the Palolo Chinese Home care for Hawaii's aging senior population.

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation awards $2 million to the Palolo Chinese Home long-term care facility.  It's a welcoming sight for residents and their families.   Carole Tokioka's 95-year-old mother Rosaline Saikyo lives here.

"There's such a large percentage of the elderly not having sufficient care as this brings a lot of hope to aging seniors of our community," said Tokioka.

This allows the facility to continue caring for Saikyo and other seniors, which its staff has been doing since 1917.  It also goes towards a new three-story facility under construction now.

"It would allow us to a good portion of the grand proceeds to the construction cost of that facility," said Darryl Ing, Palolo Chinese Home's CEO. "And this grant being an unrestricted grant, will enable us to allocate a portion of that to help with our operations."

The new building will add 46 nursing home beds, quadrupling the current number.  It will also have a modern kitchen, which allows the home to double the number of meals delivered to the Hawaii Meals on Wheels program.

This was the vision of Clarence T.C. Ching, to create a long-term foundation for charities and organizations that benefit the people of Hawaii.

"Clarence Ching was a unique human being," said his nephew Raymond Tam.  "He was a -- I call him a -- compassionate humanitarian. He really wanted to help the people of Hawaii."

And in this case, helping our kupuna.

"This will open doors for more seniors to have the opportunity and the care that they really deserve and need and so our family is very pleased," said Tokioka.

The new building is scheduled to open next February.

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