Wall of Hope

The Wall of Hope photography exhibition was an idea born from the Kapiolani staff as a way to share stories of patients who have endured and – more importantly – overcome a health crisis with current patients and their families as they brave their own medical journeys.

Located on the second floor of the medical center across from the former dinning room, the Wall of Hope features portraits of patients ranging from infants to adults. Each photograph is accompanied by the participant’s story of hope.

Stories of Courage and Inspiration


Portions of the 2023 Wall of Hope photography exhibit were photographed on the grounds of Iolani Palace.

Built by King David Kalakaua, Iolani Palace is where his wife, Queen Kapiolani, first envisioned a maternity hospital to provide proper quality care for Hawaiian women and their newborns. Here, she hosted magnificent galas and luau to raise funds for the creation of the Kapiolani Maternity Home, which would eventually become Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.

Now, more than a century later, to see these Kapiolani patients – all of whom have overcome some medical adversity – happy and healthy on these very same grounds is, indeed, Queen Kapiolani's dream come full circle.

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