Maui is the only major Hawaiian island without at least two acute-care hospitals. Bed shortages at Maui Memorial occur on a regular basis, potentially endangering the well being of
critically ill patients. Residents must go to Oahu to receive medical care that should be provided
on Maui. This increases costs and creates unnecessary burdens on Maui County residents.

According to a state study, between 1990 and 2000, Maui