In January of 1963, Castle Medical Center first opened its doors to the Windward O‘ahu community in response to the need for medical care nearby to our people. On July 14, 2013, Castle Medical Center again welcomed the community, this time to an open house celebrating its 50th Anniversary and completion of renovations to the first floor.
Island radio personality Dawn O’Brien (95.5 The Fish) served as emcee for a special program and blessing that began the day of tours, cooking demonstrations in the Wellness Center, health screenings by Castle physicians, keiki activities, and entertainment by award-winning island musicians Hōkū Zuttermeister, Kaukahi, Vaihi, and Ka Hula O Kealamailani (pictured below).
The program included a hula to The Prayer by the caregivers from Castle’s Child Development Center (pictured on the left), which was later followed by the blessing offered by Kahu Wendell Davis of Kamehameha Schools.
Mahalo to all the members of our community who came to celebrate with us on this happy occasion!
Nearly 400 members of O‘ahu Seventh-day Adventist churches accepted an invitation to attend a special worship service held on Saturday, July 13, celebrating Castle Medical Center’s 50th Anniversary.
Special thoughts on our history and mission were offered by Castle’s President and CEO Kathy Raethel; Robert G. Carmen, CEO of Adventist Health; Richard Guthrie, M.D., son of William Edward Guthrie, first administrator of Castle; and Michele Seibel of Castle’s current administration. The special message for the day was presented by Elder Ralph Watts, III, President, Hawai‘i Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Providing music and praise at the service were the Sāmoan Gospel Heralds, the Kailua Seventh-day Adventist Church Praise Team, the Revivals Ministry, and Isaac De La Cruz.
Castle Medical Center’s float took top honors at the 67th Kailua Independence Day Parade. Fashioned like a birthday cake and topped by Castle's President and CEO Kathy Raethel and her husband Hilton, it took first place for the day.
Castle’s entry included a hand-carried banner, our Wellness on Wheels Van, and the float pulled by the fully decorated hospital truck. Escorting our entry were associates and physicians, and Windward residents who began their lives in the Castle’s Birth Center. These “Castle babies” wore shirts imprinted with “CMC Born” along with their birth year. Handed out along the way were fans printed with invitations to Castle’s 50th Anniversary Open House to be held on July 14.
The parade, organized and facilitated by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce, is a Kailua family tradition, and thousands line the streets to see the parade every year. Mahalo to all of the volunteers who helped build the float and to all those who participated in the event!
On Sunday, October 28, hundreds of O‘ahu residents attended Castle Medical Center’s event for National Food Day, the “Let’s Talk Food!” Fair. It was a day of fun activities for the whole family, including a panel discussion, farmers market, cooking demonstrations, keiki activities, tours of Castle’s new rooftop garden, and the “Festival of Flavors.” The event focused on changing food policies and eating habits to support healthy families.
Mahalo to all the hospital and community volunteers, and to the following generous donors who made this community event possible:
Mahalo, also, to the distinguished visitors and physicians who participated in our discussion panel: