After the 1970 state conference on aging, a group of enthusiasts and concerned citizens of Maui, aware that the strains of aging can create acute family problems, developed a comprehensive program to serve the elderly at special day care centers. The original group comprised of nurses, ministers, social workers, physicians, private citizens who later formed the Maui Adult Day Care Centers for senior citizens and disabled, dba Maui Adult Day Care Centers.
The Maui Adult Day Care Center was established over forty-three years ago (December 19, 1974) to address the rising need for provision of protective and supportive care for disabled adults and frail and handicapped elderly. It was initially a project of the Maui Evangelical Church. The program was started through funding contributed by the Church, Maui Medical Society, J.M. Atherton Trust, C.M. & A.C. Cooke Trust, Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation. Other supporters include the May Hopper Templeton Foundation, County of Maui Dept. of Human Concerns, County of Maui Office On Aging (MCOA), State Executive Office On Aging (EOA) and numerous churches, service clubs. Our broad community support continued to expand.
In July 1982, it was decided at a meeting of the Day Care Advisory Board that the center would leave the sponsorship of the Church and incorporate in its own right. The Articles of Incorporation were approved by the Church and incorporate in its own right. The Affairs on September 8, 1982. The Internal Revenue Service granted tax-exempt status on April 26, 1983.
In August 1983, the center temporarily moved to the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku. Due to the fact that Central Maui has over 50% of all our elderly, the center continued to grow tremendously. In June 1986, the center moved to the renovated Puunene School Cafeteria, a larger facility that can accommodate up to 54 clients. Maui Adult Day Care Centers operated at our near licensed capacity at this center.
A satellite operation at 562-A Front Street in Lahaina was opened in May of 1987 to serve the adult day care needs of West Maui residents. This center is licensed to serve up to 18 clients. Room for expansion exists, should the need arise. Maui Adult Day Care Center has grown from a small Central Maui Center almost wholly supported (money wise) by the Department of Human Services to a fairly large operation for which funding comes from many sources; including user fees.
Maui Adult Day Care Center opened its new state-of-the-art facility in Kahului in March 1999. This center was created via a partnership among Hale Mahaolu, Alzheimer’s Association and Maui Adult Day Care Centers. Furnishings were partially funded by the private donations from client families and from the Weinberg Foundation. Today, center operations and scholarships are funded by Hawaii Community Foundation, State Department of Human Services, County Department of Housing and Human Concerns, County Office On Aging, Maui United Way, Maui Hotel Association and private fees.
Adult Day Care is inexpensive human service which enables individuals, communities and families to respond to the growing and changing needs of Maui’s disabled adults and elderly in a cost effective and humane manner. By attending adult day care, seniors who are no longer capable of remaining home alone can have a day filled with safe, stimulating physical, mental and social activities. Programs are designed to nurture and challenge the elder to grow, to delay institution placement, and empower families who choose to stay together, with respite and peace of mind. Today, Maui Adult Day Care Centers offers five centers (Kahului, Kihei, Wailuku, Lahaina & Hana) to serve our seniors throughout the island of Maui, with our sixth location in Upcountry in the planning stages. You are welcome to stop by for a visit! No appointment is necessary. We look forward to sharing our centers with you.