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Ka’u Hospital and Rural Health Clinic

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Ka'u Rural Health Clinic

About Us

Welcome to the Ka’u Hospital and Rural Health Clinic!

Aloha and Welcome,

Ka’u Hospital was built in 1971 replacing the last of this island’s sugar plantation hospitals. While many changes have occurred since then, our hospital continues to be the only inpatient medical facility in the district of Ka’u. We have also grown to be one of the largest employers in the area.

In 2001, Ka’u Hospital was certified as a critical access hospital – a federal designation given to small hospitals that provide essential emergency and acute care services in remote areas. In 2003, we added a rural health clinic to our services so that we could offer a broader range of health care to the community.

Today, we offer a 24/7 emergency department, inpatient medical and rehabilitation care, long-term care, adult day health, x-ray and lab services, in addition to our on-site family practice rural health clinic.

Our staff care very deeply for the well-being of our patients and are very excited about the improvements we have made to enhance and expand our services. We hope that as you explore this new website, you, too, will see that we are on a mission to be the very best that we can be for this community.

Click here to visit our website and learn more!

Ka'u Rural Health Clinic

Our Services

  • Primary Care
  • Urgent Care
  • Family Planning
  • Medication Refills
  • EKG testing
  • MVA Claims
  • PPD Testing
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • School & Employment Physicals
  • Worker’s Compensation Claims
  • Minor Procedures:
    • Sutures
    • Suture removal
    • Wound management
    • Skin lesion removal
    • Joint injections
    • Incision & drainage of abscesses
  • Vaccinations:
    • Flu vaccines
    • Pneumonia vaccines
    • Infant & Child vaccines
    • COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Full Diagnostic X-ray Services:
    • All X-ray exams available to clinic patients and outpatients with a valid provider order
  • On-site Laboratory Services:
    • COVID-19 Testing
    • Flu testing
    • Strep testing
    • Pregnancy testing
    • Glucose/Blood Sugar testing
    •  Microscopy
    • Occult blood testing
    • PT/INR testing
    • Oxygen Saturation testing
    • Hemoglobin testing
    • Hemoglobin A1C testing
    • Urinalysis
    • Urine Drug Screening

Ka'u Rural Health Clinic

Our Team

Jennifer Shrestha, MD
Jennifer Shrestha, MD
  • Family Practice


Elizabeth Pacarro, APRN
Elizabeth Pacarro, APRN
  • Family Practice


Ka'u Rural Health Clinic

Contact Us

Physical Address:
1 Kamani St,
Pahala, HI 96777

8 AM – 12 PM, 1 PM – 4:45 PM
Closed 12-1 for lunch
Weekdays (M-F)*
*except holidays