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About Us

About Us

Ali’i Animal Hospital was founded by Dr. Joanna Cook and Matt Malta on the value of imi ola, which means “to seek life’s highest form.” This vision translates to providing unparalleled veterinary care to dogs and cats of Kakaako, helping them to live their best lives. To realize their vision, Joanna and Matt surrounded themselves with like-minded, passionate veterinary professionals to create a stellar team dedicated to the well-being of our area's pets. Additionally, they love being a part of the Kakaako neighborhood, a thriving area that contributes to a deep sense of community for both pets and their people.

Alii Animal Resort

We’re not the only animal hospital in town, but we are the only one with a luxury pet resort, daycare, and a spa. Alii Animal Resort offers dogs superior boarding, daycare, and grooming experiences, all under the watchful eye of our veterinarians and medically trained staff.

Fear Free Certified Professionals

Many of our staff are Fear Free Certified Professionals, meaning we’re trained to anticipate and minimize your dog’s or cat’s fear and anxiety. This helps create a more relaxing and productive visit for them, us, and you! Calmer pets help us to perform the highest level of care more easily and effectively. Additionally, any blood work we do will be more accurate with a stress-free pet, which allows us to detect any underlying problems more readily so we can get your pet the care they need.

Cat Friendly Practice

Cats are notoriously uncooperative at veterinary visits. This is due to their dislike of being taken from their comfort zone as well as fear of the unfamiliar sights and sounds of a veterinary hospital, particularly of unfamiliar dogs. To reduce your kitty’s stress, we built our animal hospital with cats in mind from the ground up. We’re a certified Cat Friendly Practice, which means we utilize cat-friendly techniques to help your kitty feel right at home. These include:

  • Special training for staff to identify signs of distress and illness in cats
  • The use of pheromones to create a calming environment for cats
  • Low-stress handling to reduce anxiety
  • Separate waiting and exam rooms for cats
  • Tips for cat owners to reduce the stress of their cat’s journey to the vet (please ask us how we can help you!)
  • And more
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Interested in learning more about Alii Animal Hospital? Visit to experience it all for yourself. Call (808) 234-3441 to schedule a tour of our hospital and resort, or dive right in and make an appointment for your pet online.

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