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Kula Hospital Opens Limited Spots in Upcoming Paid CNA Training Cohort

Hospital news | Monday, December 13, 2021

Six-week paid training begins in January 2022 and concludes in full-time employment

Application deadline is January 3, 2022.

WAILUKU, HAWAII – (December 13, 2021) ― Kula Hospital is excited to announce its eleventh Nurse Aid Training Program, which will start classes on February 7, 2022. After a successful program launch in 2019, Kula Hospital has graduated and certified 54 Nurse Aides with many continuing on in either full-time, or part-time careers at Kula Hospital. Additionally, the program graduated a new CNA that is now a full-time employee at Lanai Community Hospital.

The program is open to anyone with a high school diploma or GED certificate. The next training cohort will take place at Kula Hospital over six weeks on Fridays and Saturdays and will begin the first week of February 2022. Accepted students will be paid for the duration of the training and after successful completion will be offered full-time employment at Kula Hospital as a Certified Nurse Aide.

Applicants must have graduated high school or earned a GED. Other program requirements include excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal relations and customer service, as well as a demonstrated ability to provide culturally sensitive and age-appropriate care. Applicants must also be at least 18 years old.

To apply, interested applicants should search for job number 993353, or email Talent Acquisition Consultant Jenel King at For questions, please call Kula Hospital at 876-4307. Only eight slots are open for the training program and the application process will close by January 3, 2022, or earlier if all spots are filled. Details and the link to apply can be found at

“Through this program we have recruited and trained some of the most hard-working and caring nurse aides we could have ever hoped for,” said Kerry Pitcher, Sr. Director of Long-Term Care & Critical Access at Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital. “It is a win-win for everyone. Newly trained CNAs get a new and stable career in healthcare and many more opportunities to grow with us, and Kula Hospital is able to provide more support to MMMC by opening more beds in our swing unit for patients that need continued medical care but don’t require acute level hospital care at MMMC.”

The CNA training program started in June 2019 and is part of Maui Health’s “grow your own” initiative which includes a partnership with UH Maui’s College of Nursing, Nurse Resident Program, as well as a number of advanced medical training programs offered to current Maui Memorial Medical Center employees. Most recently, in October, MMMC offered an in-house training program for new Registered Nurse First Assistants.

Kula Hospital is a critical access hospital and emergency room serving the growing Upcountry Maui population. The Kula Hospital Emergency Department is staffed with a physician 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is equipped to provide care and services for non-life-threatening emergencies including x-ray and laboratory, splinting, suturing, and wound care, as well as the administering of IV fluids and medications. On most weekdays, patients can be seen immediately, with little to no wait, making it a more convenient ER option for Upcountry residents. Kula Hospital provides compassionate long-term care to about 85 residents, most who have lived there for more than 5 years. Daily care includes occupational and recreational therapy, nutritional services, activities and excursions.

Apply today!

Press photo(s) attached:

1. September 2020 CNA Program Graduates (L to R) Rel Sparks-Duong, Nicole Davis, Alice Valle, Stacy Fujiwara and Chandee Kauhaahaa.

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Maui Health, aka Maui Health System, community hospitals and associated clinics affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, includes Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, Lanai Community Hospital and associated clinics, and serves the people of Maui and Lanai. The facilities under Maui Health employ nearly 1700 Maui County residents, partner with over 450 hospital-based physicians, clinicians, and community-based primary and specialty physicians, and are open to all patients regardless of health insurance coverage. Maui Health is committed to delivering high quality, affordable, patient-centered health care and improving the health of the community. Maui Health is supported by Kaiser Permanente’s industry-leading technology systems, evidence-based medicine and nationally recognized care quality. For more information, visit