The Homelani Difference
Since 1871, we have been honored to deliver healing experiences to the Hilo community. We exist to serve the unique needs of every family. Learn our story. Lean on us. And let our expertise lead you through the best experience possible.
We’re here to give you care and comfort as we help guide you through the planning journey.
We've learned a lot about caring for families over the years. We realize that we aren't just caring for a loved one, but the entire family. People come to us during their most difficult times, and we respond with kindness, understanding and expertise. Our goal is to make everyone feel at home as we work with them to create a memorable service in honor of a beautiful life.
A heavenly home
Established in 1871 as a burial place, Homelani was originally called Halai Hill Cemetery. It was not until 1923 that the name was changed to Homelani, meaning "Heavenly Home" in Hawaiian.
A burial place for Hilo
In 1870, the people of the First Foreign Church in Hilo decided it was important to own a burial place for the foreign population of Hilo. They found a desirable location situated on Ponahawai and contacted the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Pitman. Through various correspondence and arrangements, the church secured possession of the land on April 25, 1871. The name "Halai Hill Cemetery" was given to their new found place.
The name Homelani was officially adopted by the Trustees in 1923. On her dying bed in 1884, the wife of the former Governor Kipi whispered "Homelani" (Heavenly Home) when asked where she would like to be buried. She was referring to the Halai Hill Cemetery. From then on, the cemetery was popularly known as "Homelani," thus influencing the name change.
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Years in Business
We're members of the local community who have many years of experience caring for families from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Families know they can count on us to provide them the comfort they need when they need it most.
Cemetery Office Manager
Managing Partner, Family Service
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We illuminate paths to peace with personalized ceremonies and memorial tributes that honor your loved one.
What Families Are Saying
The gal that assisted me was super knowledgeable and so helpful in my family's time of need. I definitely recommend her and I plan to go back for my own funeral plans. She made everything so easy to understand and her compassion was simply amazing during such a difficult time. Melonie is definitely a 5 star agent!Chasa P 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
If we were able to give Loki more than 5 stars we would. Her dedication to assist exceeded expectations. She made purchasing a prepaid plan effortless. Not only was she kind, professional and helpful, she works on the weekend! I highly recommend HMP & C services.Judy Marsh 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I have known Ms. Debbie Minicola for 5+ years now and she has been more than helpful to my Ohana as if she is a part of my Ohana. Her compassion, grace and true spirit of Aloha is beyond reproach. She truly represents Homelani Memorial Park with dignity and class. Thank you for all you do Debbie!Russell Amina 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This review is in Appreciation for Melonie Lucero. She did a wonderful job of explaining all my options and explained every option in detail. She is very nice person with an incredible personality. I would recommend her for every one.!!!Ronald E. Hauch 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Debbie Minicola made our experience of planning and making choices for burial needs so pleasant. I highly recommend her services. 🥰Venetta Enos 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Attended a viewing at Homelani Memorial Park last week and I found the experience to be as pleasant as it could possibly be. Particularly the attention given by Porscha. Her compassionate care was very evident when I saw her interactions with the family and guests.Leah Dang 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
News & Events
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We offer a healthy work/life balance and invite ideas and innovation. Homelani Memorial Park & Crematory is where our team members' purpose and passion unite.