Darlene Nakayama

Palolo Chinese Home

Summary of Services: As a non-profit organization with 120 years of service, Palolo Chinese Home continues to provide and accommodate the best of quality to kupuna and their families. They offer a full spectrum of services to meet the needs of seniors by providing senior day care, residential care, skilled nursing and rehab services on their 15-acre campus. The areas they believe have the greatest potential for growth are senior day care and their Palolo Wellness Program, especially with the increase of Hawaii's senior population.

Their senior day care program is ideal for working family members who cannot safely leave their parents or a loved one at home alone wile they are at work. Their senior day care program is availalbe seven days a week to . accomodate different work schedules and to allow family caregivers to take care of other responsibilities on the weekends.

Their Palolo Wellness Program, provides care to seniors in their homes, offers companionship, light housekeeping, and personal care. Their Meals-to-Go program brings hot, fresh meals and frozen meals to seniors in their homes. This helps senior to get healthy and strong, and to age in place through their golden years.

Last year, Palolo Chinese Home started to host educational sessions for seniors and caregivers on various topics. It was a very positive response and they will be continuing to have those educational sessions this year.


CEO of Palolo Chinese Home, Darlene Nakayama was born and raised in Honolulu and a proud graduate of the University of Hawaii-Manoa with a BA in science and a master's degree in nursing. For more than 21 years, she continues to serve on the Palolo neighborhood board including five years as board chair.

  • Lions Club member for 20 years
  • Member of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce
  • Associated Chinese University Woman and the Hawaii Chinese Civic Association.
  • Faculty instructor on long-term care administration with the University of Phoenix for the past 17 years
  • Prior director for long-term care and home health at Wahiawa General Hospital
  • Served a director of nursing at Maunalani Nursing and Rehab Center
  • Prior nurse manager in discharge planning and intensive care with The Queen's Medical Center and assisted in developing their geriatric program
  • Prior patient care coordinator for Kuakini At Home
Special Offers: Palolo Chinese Home would like to extend an invitation to all KupunaWiki listeners to learn about senior care at their free community education sessions each month. For more information see contact information below.

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