What we do
Ronald McDonald House
Two Locations to Help You
Honolulu’s two Ronald McDonald Houses (RMH) are in continual operation 24-hours, 365-days–a–year. Each is a “home-away-from-home” for families that must come to Oahu seeking specialized medical treatments for their children’s catastrophic illnesses. RMH keeps families together during this, the most trying of times. Both of our Houses provide a warm, dignified and supportive environment for our families, and are located in lower Manoa Valley, near Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children and Shriners Hospital.
Every year, the original RMH on Judd Hillside and RMH on Oahu Avenue provide lodging for hundreds of families. Guest families come from many different cultures throughout the Pacific Basin. They bring with them their traditions, languages and values to share with each other and the staff. Just over three-fourths of the families served come from the neighbor islands. Most others are from Guam and other Pacific Rim locations. The individual stories of the children and families who come to Ronald McDonald House continue to touch our hearts and inspire us with their courage and hope.
Other quick facts about our Ronald McDonald Houses
- RMH-Judd Hillside House is for families with children receiving outpatient treatments or those traveling with siblings of the patient. It has served thousands of families since opening in 1987.
- RMH-Oahu Avenue is for adult family members of children receiving in-patient care and for neighbor island women experiencing “high-risk” pregnancies. It began serving families in 2006.
- Each guest room has a phone with voicemail and each family receives a cell phone when checking in that they may use while staying at the House. There are FAX and copier machines available, and Internet access.
- Families are welcome to use the fully-stocked kitchens, pantries and laundry rooms
- Transportation is provided to and from hospitals, for grocery shopping and for scheduled family outings.
- About 60% of families have a child receiving outpatient treatment and 40% inpatient treatment. On average, two-thirds of the patients are under 5-years-old.
- While many child–patients are being treated for birth–related conditions, the house also supports families whose children are fighting cancer, heart problems, organ failure, major physical trauma, and other life– threatening conditions.