Kula San Maui's Healing Place

Edited by Marie Hara

ISBN: 978-0-578-05139-0

Cover price: $49.95




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This publication was funded in part by:

- Lafayette & Etienette A. Quirin Foundation

- Hawai’i Filipino Heritage Fund

- Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation

- Hawaiian Tug & Barge

- Young Brothers, Ltd. and

- Kula Hospital friends and retirees

About the Author

  • Dr. Patricia A. Brown is an educator, psychologist, and researcher. She was the Internship Director of School Counseling, Counseling Psychology graduate studies program at Chaminade University and a past president of the Filipino Association of University Women. She is president of the Filipino American Historical Society of Hawai'i and a board member of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training.

    She is active in promoting awareness of youth, women’s and educational issues.
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    December 4, 2010, Saturday, 9am-4 pm,


    Hawaii Plantation Village, Waipahu,

    December 4, 2010, Saturday, 10:00 am

  • Lee Cataluna of the Star Advertiser writes

    Kula San Maui's Healing Place strikes "a balance between a meticulously researched historical piece and a colorful yearbook of photos, "Kula San: Maui's Healing Place" is a stunning testament. It's hard to imagine a book about a hospital that was built in desperation to deal with a terrifying scourge could be so uplifting and at times joyful. " read more

Early Reviews

Like Pu’ukoli’i plantation camp where I grew up, Kula San on the slopes of Haleakala is a part of our collective memories. Dr. Patricia Brown transports readers from a magical location of green fields and fresh air to the heroic battles waged by doctors, nurses, administrators, philanthropists, federal and territorial government to provide health care to plantation era communities.

— Milton Murayama, author of All I Asking for is My Body and Five Years on a Rock


Dr. Brown has unearthed a story that reveals there were also Filipinos who wore medical whites in sanatorium wards rather than work clothes tilling Maui’s soil. Such a story is not only about Maui, Hawaii’s multi-ethnic immigrants, or Filipino Americans, but more significantly, about United States history and culture.

— Dr. Fred Cordova, co-founder of the Filipino American National Historical Society and author of Filipinos: Forgotten Asian Americans


Within these pages are Kula San’s colorful patients, residents, dedicated workers, and Maui’s business and community leaders. This enjoyable and impressive book is an educational journey to a prominent Maui landmark.

—Shirley Koga Takahashi, RN, BSN, CNA, NHA, former Kula Hospital Administrator

Dr. Brown pays tribute to Kula San’s continuing legacy of health care in Hawai’i. Her keen research and personal insights bring to light that Kula San was once decades ahead of its time in fostering prevention-based care and wellness, long before that term had even been coined.

—Jack Lewin, M.D., former Kula Hospital Medical Director and Chief of Medical Staff and director of the Hawai’i State Department of Health.