ISLAND HISTORY: History of the old Lihu’e Plantation Dispensary – The Garden Island

Hawaiian sugar plantations provided free medical care for their employees and dependents at hospitals and at plantation dispensaries, several of which were located on Kaua‘i.

Hawaiian sugar plantations provided free medical care for their employees and dependents at hospitals and at plantation dispensaries, several of which were located on Kaua‘i.

In her book “Personal Recollections of Growing Up on Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, in the 1950s and 1960s,” my wife, Ginger Beralas Soboleski, described two visits to the Lihu‘e Plantation Dispensary, which closed in 1966 and was later demolished.

She wrote: “The plantation dispensary was located on Ahukini Road, about where an entrance road now leads into Walmart. Plantation employees and their families, and the general public from Puhi to Kapa‘a, went to that dispensary. The first time I remember going to the dispensary was in the 1950s, when I was a little girl. I needed stitches on my head after a board thrown toward a rubbish pile hit me. My Uncle Pete hadn’t realized that I was on the other side of the pile. The board landed on my head and opened a big gash. Another time, I went to see if a doctor could take away

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