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About us

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu provides the highest quality care for orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders and conditions. Our world-class doctors and staff members are committed to improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region, and are specialized in bone, joint, muscle and sports injuries.

The hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that provides Hawaii’s children with the best orthopaedic care, neurodevelopmental care, fracture clinic, surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiology, orthotics and prosthetics workshop and other ancillary services. Our hospital is colorful, kid-friendly and designed to place patients and families at ease with the aloha spirit. The hospital accepts insurance and provides care regardless of the families' ability to pay.


  • Our hospital is an academic teaching and research institution. We partner with the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Pediatric and Orthopaedic Residency Programs, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii Pacific University, Chaminade University, and NYU Lutheran Medical Center.
  • Outreach clinics provide services to children on the neighbor islands and in the Pacific basin.
  • Affiliated with the Aloha Shrine temple in Hawaii
  • 2016 Outstanding nursing alumni from University of Hawaii School of Nursing – Andi Kubota, Chief Nurse Executive, RN, MSN, MBA, PNP, NE-BC, and

    Richelle Asselstine, education coordinator, Ph.D., RN

  • 2016 Honolulu Magazine's Top Doctors – Craig Ono, M.D., Jonathan Pellett, M.D.
  • 2016 Healthcare Association of Hawaii - Professional with a Heart - Helene Freni-Rogers, MAEd, CTRS
  • 2016 Hawaii State House of Representatives Honors Shriners Hospitals and Aloha Shriners fraternity
  • 2016 Guam Legislature Honors Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • 2016 APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) Chapter Leadership Award - Pam Carey-Goo, RN
  • 2015 Healthcare Association of Hawaii Physician of the Year – Chief of Staff, Craig Ono, M.D. 
  • 2015 Hawaii Business Magazine Best Places to Work
  • 2015 Pacific Business News Best Work Places
  • 2015 Hawaii Psychological Society Best Places to Work 
  • 2015 Best Doctors in Pacific Business NewsJonathan Pellett, M.D.
  • 2015 Pacific Business News Young Community Leader of the Year – Ryan Lee, M.D.
  • 2014 Healthcare Association of Hawaii Physician of the Year – Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Jonathan Pellett, M.D.
  • 2014 Healthcare Association of Hawaii Leadership Award – Chief Nurse Executive, Andi Kubota

Safety and satisfaction

  • Fully accredited by the Joint Commission
  • Zero spinal surgical site infections since September 2012
  • Press Ganey patient satisfaction scores are above 90 for both outpatients and inpatients
  • Ranked #1 in Hawaii for employee flu vaccinations for flu season 2014-2015. 90 percent of our employees, volunteers, students and health care professionals were vaccinated to protect our keiki.


Our model for care was established by the Shriners, the fraternal organization for which the hospital is named. Determined to give all children access to specialized pediatric care, the Shriners opened their first hospital in 1922. Shriners Hospitals for Children opened as a place where children with the crippling effects of polio, clubfoot and other orthopaedic conditions could receive life-changing medical care.

Recognized as one of the world’s greatest philanthropies, Shriners Hospitals for Children has evolved into an international hospital system recognized for its devotion to transforming the lives of children through expert care and research. It is a destination of choice for parents whose children have orthopaedic problems, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip and other complex surgical needs. Care is funded by the Shriners Hospitals for Children endowment, which is sustained by your donations. All children receive care regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu history

  • 1923: The Honolulu Shriners Hospital, the second hospital in the Shriners system, was established in the rear wing of the Kauikeolani Children’s Hospital in Liliha.
  • 1930: The present site at 1310 Punahou Street was deeded to the hospital in memory of John and Wilhemine Dowsett. The hospital operated out of the Dowsett mansion until 1960.
  • 1934: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, suffering from polio, became the first president to visit Hawaii while in office. While he was in Honolulu, he made a surprise visit to the Honolulu Shriners Hospital.
  • 1967: The Honolulu Shriners Hospital was built.
  • 2007: The hospital broke ground on its $73 million new, present day facility. 
  • 2009: The new hospital opened its doors. The hospital is licensed for 24 beds (16 acute care and 8 outpatient beds).
  • 2013: The neurodevelopmental clinic opens.
  • 2016: The hospital expands the family center for out-of-town guests from 10 to 17 rooms.

Signature clinical programs

Patient eligibility

  • Based on just two criteria:

Referral and appointments

Parents, physicians and other health care providers wishing to make an appointment or refer a child, should call 808-941-4466.


  • 24 patient beds
  • 17 rooms in family center
  • 41,000 patients accepted for care since 1923
  • 77 percent of patients from Hawaii
  • Roughly 8,000 patients are seen each year

Our commitment to the community

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu, like the other U.S. based hospitals in the Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system, reaffirms its commitment to excellence of care through the development of its Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA is a requirement for tax-exempt hospitals to engage their servicing community every three years and assess their health needs. Based on the findings, we have developed an action plan to work alongside community stakeholders to address the health needs of the community.