How to Become a Home Health Aide in Hawaii

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If you’re thinking about becoming a home health aide on one of Hawaii’s beautiful islands, good for you.

Many people need your services – a need that will continue to grow.

To make this dream come true, there is one major thing you need to do: get the right training for the job.

Below, you’ll find five schools that provide this training, along with other information to help you prepare.

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5 Home Health Aide Schools in Hawaii

In order to become a home health aide in Hawaii, you must first complete a CNA or certified nursing program.

This program should provide a minimum of 100 training hours, and 70 of those hours must be clinical hours.

These five CNA programs provide the training and education required.

1. Healthcare School of Hawaii

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Healthcare School of Hawaii offers a CNA training program that requires 112 hours to complete – ensuring you get more than the minimum requirements.

Classroom hours are offered either in-person or as hybrid learning.

You have two different training package options to choose from, which vary in cost.

Both packages cover tuition, textbooks, blood-borne pathogens training, student liability insurance, and other materials needed for the course.

They differ in that Training Package #1 also includes the American Heart Association CPR or BLS Training for $990.

Training Package #2 – which is $940 – does not include this training, but you can add one or both to the second training package for an additional fee.

2. Caregiver Training School

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For those with an already busy schedule that doesn’t know how they’d fit into school, Caregiver Training School might be a great option.

They offer CNA programs at multiple levels – and on different schedules.

The entire program requires 100 hours, but you can choose between day, evening, and weekend classes.

Day classes require two weeks of Monday through Friday 6.5-hour classes.

Evening classes are spread out over 18 nights and only require 4.5 hours each night.

Or you can complete your training over 10 Saturday and Sunday classes – each 6.5 hours long.

You can expect to pay anywhere from $980 to $1500, depending on if you choose the basic CNA program or a more advanced one.

3. Kapiolani Community College

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Kapiolani Community College offers an in-depth CNA program that requires 150 hours to complete.

This may seem like a lot of time, but it typically only takes about 12 weeks to complete and will definitely have you ready to step into home health care.

These classes usually occur through online lectures three days per week – labs and clinical are carried out in person.

The cost of attendance – including textbooks – is $2,900, but they do offer tuition assistance through grants and many students are able to attend tuition-free.

4. West Kauai CNA

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If you’re looking to complete a program faster, West Kauai CNA provides a program that requires only three weeks to complete.

The great thing about this program is that you can be ready to take your CNA exam within a month – getting you working sooner.

However, completing it on such a short timetable means a pretty tight – and packed – schedule.

Required classes are Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 10 pm with a clinical weekend once classes are complete, which might not be possible for those who currently work.

Tuition is $1800, paid by cash, credit, or check – no tuition assistance is available.

5. Leeward Community College

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Leeward Community College also offers a CNA program that meets only on Saturdays and Sundays for six hours – which might be helpful for those who work during the week.

This program requires 150 hours to complete, so it takes approximately six weekends.

It costs a total of $2,900, but you might not need to pay it out of pocket.

In addition to traditional forms of financial aid, Leeward Community College partners with the Department of Education to provide additional assistance to eligible students through HINET: College and Workforce Training Funding and Support.

Home Health Aide Schools in Hawaii – Summary Table

Top 5 Schools in Hawaii

School NameAddress
Healthcare School of Hawaii98-025 Hekaha St Suite 3 & 4, Bldg. 4, Aiea, HI 96701
Caregiver Training School1320 Kalani St, Suite #288 Honolulu, HI 96817
Kapiolani Community College4303 Diamond Head Rd, Honolulu, HI 96816
West Kauai CNA3-3178 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766
Leeward Community College96-045 Ala `Ike, Pearl City, HI 96782


Though the salary can range according to which island you practice on, home health aides in Hawaii make $30,575 to $39,724, with $34,498 being the average.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Home Health Aides in Hawaii

City NameSalary
Ewa Beach$28,632
Pearl City$28,632
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary in Hawaii

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI720$35,030$16.84$43,520$28,140
Urban Honolulu, HI4,730$32,760$15.75$39,010$25,510
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Home Health and Personal Care Aides, OCC Code 31-1120, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

Frequently Asked Questions

What other steps are required to become a home health aide in Hawaii?

Once you have completed your training course, you must pass the Hawaii Nurse Nurse Aide Competency Exam to become certified.

After receiving your certification, you can begin applying through various healthcare settings that utilize home health aides.

While these are the only steps needed, you might consider taking additional advanced courses to help you build your skill set and make you even more marketable.

How often do I need to get my certificate renewed?

You’ll need to renew your certification every 24 months to stay valid.

Be sure that you start this process at least a few weeks prior to the deadline to ensure your certification doesn’t lapse.

Do I need any prior education or work experience to enter these programs?

These programs are set up for people just entering the field, so there are no prior work or training requirements.

In most cases, you’ll need only a high school diploma or G.E.D. to enroll.

How old do I need to be to become a home health aide?

Most Hawaiian programs require that you be 18 years old to enroll.

Once you’ve completed your program and passed your exam, you can begin working.

How much is the CNA exam in Hawaii?

Hawaii’s Nurse Assistant Certification Test is provided by Prometrics.

To sit in for the exam, you must pay $225 by credit card or money order three weeks before your exam.

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