Ronald McDonald House Family Room

Kapiolani Medical Center




How RMHC-HI helps families with seriously ill children

We offer a safe and supportive home for families who bring a child to Oahu for medical treatments. At Kapiolani Hospital, we offer a place of respite and support for families who are spending long hours at their child’s bedside.

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Ronald McDonald House Family Room at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children

Family Room
The Family Room at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children
Since opening in 2003, the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Family Room at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children (KMCWC) has provided respite and assistance for more than 9,000 people annually. When serious illness or injury strikes a child and he or she is hospitalized, a family’s entire world turns upside down. Often, parents are only able to leave their child’s bedside for brief periods of time, if at all. The RMH Family Room is there to support families during these very critical times, to help family units and supportive relationships endure.

The Family Room provides a caring environment, a home-away-from-home inside the hospital where immediate family members of seriously ill inpatient children can take a respite from patient care. It is a place to reflect, rest and gather strength while still remaining close to their ailing kids.

“The Family Room is a place I can just go, sit down, take a breath and briefly take my mind off of everything that is going on just a short distance away. I can get this occasional escape, regain my bearings, and when I go back to the NICU for round two that day, I can be who I need to be in there.”
--Darrett Schoeppner, Maui

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Who can use the RMH Family Room?

  • Immediate family members of children in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit).
  • If space is available, special consideration will be given to immediate family members of children in the Wilcox, Carter and PAU units.
  • Patients are allowed in the room provided they are mobile and will not need any medical treatment or nursing services while visiting.

What does the RMH Family Room offer?

  • Kitchenette/refreshments
  • Telephone
  • Internet Computer Station
  • Living Room
  • Toys, Books and Videos
  • Teen/Privacy Room

When is the RMH Family Room open?

  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Seven (7) days a week, including holidays
  • There is no fee charged to use the RMH Family Room
  • The RMH Family Room is staffed entirely by RMHC-HI Volunteers

What does the RMH Family Room offer?

  • Kitchenette/refreshments
  • Telephone
  • Internet Computer Station
  • Living Room
  • Toys, Books and Videos
  • Teen/Privacy Room

When is the RMH Family Room open?

  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Seven (7) days a week, including holidays
  • There is no fee charged to use the RMH Family Room
  • The RMH Family Room is staffed entirely by RMHC-HI Volunteers

For more information on how you can become an RMH Family Room volunteer, please call Kristen Kawachi at 973-5683 ext. 241, or use the contact page.

This special room is made possible by alliances between Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Hawaii, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, and other generous individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations from throughout our island community.

Frequently asked questions

Family Room Wish List
  • Single serving snacks
  • Campbell's Soup at Hand
  • Easy Mac (single-serve microwavable cups)
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Single serve fruit cups
  • More
Due to health concerns, we ask that donations be new or in “like-new” condition

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