Tripler Army Medical Center

Tripler Army Medical Center

Originally established in 1907 as the Tripler Hospital, and named after The American Civil War medic Brigadier General Charles Stuart Tripler in 1920. The construction which was once several wooden structures was reestablished as what is now Tripler Army Medical Center on the ridge overlooking Honolulu. Inspired by the Attack of Pearl Harbor in 1941, after which the U.S. admission to World War II resulted in the 450 bed capacity having to be extended to 1,000 beds, plans were drawn in 1942 and the center was completed and established in 1948. Designed by architect Robert P. Thompson, the concept of the design was to facilitate a place of solace for soldiers recovering both mentally and physically. The facility is now notorious for its coral pink color which was the preference of General Richardson, who borrowed the idea from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel along the island's southern coast. The Medical Facility is now occupied by the Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, working with the United States Pacific Command, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pacific Regional medical Command for research University of Hawaii at Manoa and education and training. The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations has designated The Center of Excellence as the Peace Operations Institute. Currently the only such facility within the U.S.A.

Neighboring communities near Tripler Army Medical Center are Halawa Heights, Waipahu, Pearl City, and Kaneohe.

Halawa Heights

Halawa Heights is situated roughly 15 minutes from the Tripler Army Medical Center. The neighborhood which is divided among itself into North and South Halawa is surrounded by beautiful mountain and skyline views. Enlisted military living away from base, government employees, and families reside in both the North and South valleys. Average home values for this area are just under $750,000 which ranges from small apartments to homes which include Ohana suites ( extended family living quarters). Located just 15 minutes from downtown Honolulu it has all the benefits of town, including restaurants, theatres and the popular shopping district as well as close proximity to hotels and temporary accommodations. Also near to the area are the Pacific Aviation Museum, and Pearl Harbor Memorial.


Waipahu sits on the West Loch of Pearl Harbor,  just 11.5  miles from the Tripler Army Medical Center. As one of the older neighborhoods, Waipahu offers a settled community with homes which average just under $570,000 making it one of the more affordable and accessible neighborhoods for families, single working professionals, and retirees. Formarly sugar plantation fields it is now home to Sea Life Park, several shopping outlets including Waikele Premium outlets, and restaurants. As well as offering popular access to outdoor and water activities including fishing, kayaking, canoeing and parasailing.

Pearl City

Located within the Ewa District and roughly 9 miles (a 25 minute commute) from the Tripler Army Medical Center, Pearl City is one of Oahu’s lead commercial and industrial outlets. It’s urban atmosphere provides a variety of  housing opportunities including apartments, townhomes and houses in traditional suburban settings with affordable homes ranging in the early $600,000’s. The community is long established as a comfortable home to families, service members, retirees, and working professionals. Its commercial setting hosts an excellent selection of dining, shopping and recreation, some of which include the Pearl City Shopping Center, Pearl City Kai Playground, Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and Kahana Valley State Park.

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