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Assisted Living in Hawaii

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Overview of assisted living in Hawaii

Assisted living is a good option for seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, or medication management. The monthly average cost of assisted living in Hawaii is around $6,100, which adds up to about $73,200 per year.[01] Assisted living in Hawaii is more expensive than independent living communities for seniors, but it’s less expensive than memory care communities.

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Assisted living state rankings report

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Overall state ranking out of 50

State scorecard

How we determine rankings

Our 2023 state ranking for assisted living uses A Place for Mom’s proprietary data collected from our community partners. First, we sorted through our metrics and grouped them into three pillars that are key in a quality assisted living experience. We weighted these pillars differently based on insights from our senior living experts. Then, we used these categories and their weighting to determine how each state ranks.

Read our full methodology

Top ranked Hawaii cities for assisted living overall

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Hawaii

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The Ivy at Hawaii Kai

428 Kawaihae Street, Honolulu, HI 96825
8.4
Review Score
63 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The food could be improved, some dishes are not so good. Fruits would be a good option for lunch and dinner. The elevator often goes down and my mom does need the elevator to go to the cafeteria. Overall...

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8
8 Photos available

Kina 'Ole Estate

45-225 William Henry Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744
8.0
Review Score
2 reviews
Angela Y - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My dad has only been at Kina Ole for a few weeks but it is hard to imagine him getting better care anywhere else. The staff has spent countless hours getting to know him and his likes/dislikes-even asking...

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13
13 Photos available
9
9 Floor plans available

'Ilima at Leihano

739 Leihano St, Kapolei, HI 96707
8.0
Review Score
46 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My loved one has only been here a short period of time, but they get 5 stars for everything so far. We like it much better than her previous facility. It is smaller. The staff all know my mom by name. ...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Kaneohe

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Kina 'Ole Estate

45-225 William Henry Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744
8.0
Review Score
2 reviews
Angela Y - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My dad has only been at Kina Ole for a few weeks but it is hard to imagine him getting better care anywhere else. The staff has spent countless hours getting to know him and his likes/dislikes-even asking...

Get Pricing
24
24 Photos available
40
40 Floor plans available

The Ivy at Hawaii Kai

428 Kawaihae Street, Honolulu, HI 96825
8.4
Review Score
63 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The food could be improved, some dishes are not so good. Fruits would be a good option for lunch and dinner. The elevator often goes down and my mom does need the elevator to go to the cafeteria. Overall...

Get Pricing
13
13 Photos available
9
9 Floor plans available

'Ilima at Leihano

739 Leihano St, Kapolei, HI 96707
8.0
Review Score
46 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My loved one has only been here a short period of time, but they get 5 stars for everything so far. We like it much better than her previous facility. It is smaller. The staff all know my mom by name. ...

Get Pricing

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Kapolei

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9
9 Floor plans available

'Ilima at Leihano

739 Leihano St, Kapolei, HI 96707
8.0
Review Score
46 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My loved one has only been here a short period of time, but they get 5 stars for everything so far. We like it much better than her previous facility. It is smaller. The staff all know my mom by name. ...

Get Pricing
24
24 Photos available
40
40 Floor plans available

The Ivy at Hawaii Kai

428 Kawaihae Street, Honolulu, HI 96825
8.4
Review Score
63 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The food could be improved, some dishes are not so good. Fruits would be a good option for lunch and dinner. The elevator often goes down and my mom does need the elevator to go to the cafeteria. Overall...

Get Pricing
8
8 Photos available

Kina 'Ole Estate

45-225 William Henry Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744
8.0
Review Score
2 reviews
Angela Y - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My dad has only been at Kina Ole for a few weeks but it is hard to imagine him getting better care anywhere else. The staff has spent countless hours getting to know him and his likes/dislikes-even asking...

Get Pricing

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Hauula

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Kina 'Ole Estate

45-225 William Henry Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744
8.0
Review Score
2 reviews
Angela Y - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My dad has only been at Kina Ole for a few weeks but it is hard to imagine him getting better care anywhere else. The staff has spent countless hours getting to know him and his likes/dislikes-even asking...

Get Pricing
13
13 Photos available
9
9 Floor plans available

'Ilima at Leihano

739 Leihano St, Kapolei, HI 96707
8.0
Review Score
46 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My loved one has only been here a short period of time, but they get 5 stars for everything so far. We like it much better than her previous facility. It is smaller. The staff all know my mom by name. ...

Get Pricing
5
5 Photos available

Oceanside Hawaii

53-594 Kamehameha Hwy, Hauula, HI 96717
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My loved one is happy here, and thriving at Oceanside Hawaii. The country atmosphere, lots of plants surrounding the community and being near mountains helps. This helps my loved one remember where she...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Honolulu

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40 Floor plans available

The Ivy at Hawaii Kai

428 Kawaihae Street, Honolulu, HI 96825
8.4
Review Score
63 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The food could be improved, some dishes are not so good. Fruits would be a good option for lunch and dinner. The elevator often goes down and my mom does need the elevator to go to the cafeteria. Overall...

Get Pricing
8
8 Photos available

Kina 'Ole Estate

45-225 William Henry Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744
8.0
Review Score
2 reviews
Angela Y - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My dad has only been at Kina Ole for a few weeks but it is hard to imagine him getting better care anywhere else. The staff has spent countless hours getting to know him and his likes/dislikes-even asking...

Get Pricing
13
13 Photos available
9
9 Floor plans available

'Ilima at Leihano

739 Leihano St, Kapolei, HI 96707
8.0
Review Score
46 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My loved one has only been here a short period of time, but they get 5 stars for everything so far. We like it much better than her previous facility. It is smaller. The staff all know my mom by name. ...

Get Pricing

Cost of assisted living in Hawaii

Across A Place for Mom’s partner communities, the cost of assisted living in Hawaii ranges from $5,400 to $7,960 per month. This is a bit higher than the national average, which is $5,126 per month.[01] These proprietary figures reflect the actual costs paid by seniors and their families upon moving into our partner facilities in Hawaii.

The cost of assisted living in Hawaii is higher than the average cost in the U.S. due in part to the state’s high cost of living. Hawaii is ranked as the most expensive state in the U.S. to live in.[02]

Several other factors can affect the monthly cost of assisted living:

  • The community’s pricing model
  • The level of care your loved one needs
  • Room size and layout
  • Extra amenities, such as higher-end finishes in units

Many seniors rely on a mix of the different payment options available to them, and they may use Medicare or Medicaid to help pay for the medically necessary care aspects of assisted living.

Compare costs of Hawaii vs. the national average

Average monthly costs

Hawaii

$6,008/mo

US National average

$4,526/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. nearby states

Average monthly costs

Hawaii

$6,008/mo

California

$4,342/mo

Oregon

$4,515/mo

Nevada

$4,171/mo

Washington

$5,161/mo

Compare costs of assisted living in Hawaii vs. nearby cities

Average monthly costs

Hawaii

$6,008/mo

Aiea, HI

$6,074/mo

Honolulu, HI

$6,074/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. other senior care types in Hawaii

Average monthly costs

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Paying for assisted living in Hawaii

Seniors can use several income sources and public assistance to help pay for assisted living. Some may have planned ahead for their care by purchasing a long-term care insurance policy, or by gathering the documents they’ll need to apply for public assistance.

Planning for assisted living is particularly important, as some public assistance programs have a waiting period before your loved one can receive long-term care benefits. Whether your loved one has already planned for assisted living or you’re helping them start now, you’ll find helpful tips on common payment methods in this section. You can also find more in our guide to paying for long-term care.

Private pay refers to any assets your loved one can put toward the cost of assisted living.

Selling a house

Seniors can use the proceeds from selling their Hawaii home to pay for assisted living.

Reverse mortgage

Seniors can leverage the equity in their Hawaii home to cover the costs of assisted living.

Health savings accounts (HSAs)

HSAs can be used to pay for the medically necessary care aspects of assisted living care in Hawaii.

Life insurance

Seniors can sell, surrender, or convert their policy and use the funds to pay for assisted living in Hawaii.

Long-term care insurance

Seniors in Hawaii can use their long-term care insurance policy to cover some of the personal care costs of assisted living.

Social Security benefits for assisted living

Hawaii seniors who receive Social Security benefits can use those funds to pay for monthly assisted living costs.

Assisted living requirements and regulations in Hawaii

Hawaii assisted living facilities must be licensed through the Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance (OHCA). While assisted living communities don’t have any specific limitations on resident admissions, they must be able to meet the needs of new residents and provide regular care assessments. Communities are also required to provide 24-hour care and assist residents with all their activities of daily living.[03]

Once an assisted living facility is licensed, they’re subject to regular inspections. If a community has a violation, they must make a plan to correct it and add information to the report. While most communities are inspected at least once a year, some are licensed for a period of two years.[04]

Let our care assessment guide you

Our free tool provides options, advice, and next steps based on your unique situation.

Ranking Hawaii’s system of regulation and records

We developed a system to rate each state on how easy — or difficult — it is to find important assisted living records and reports, and we compiled tips to help you in your search.

States with the most transparent records allow you to look up important information about each assisted living facility online, including inspections, complaints, survey results, violations, capacity, and whether the facility accepts Medicaid.

Access to Hawaii assisted living records: High

Public access to assisted living records and reports for the state of Hawaii is high. Key findings that informed this rating include:

  • Hawaii inspects assisted living communities at least twice annually.
  • Hawaii has generally transparent records but was marked down because license information is listed separately from inspections and enforcement actions aren’t included with licensing information.

How to look up Hawaii assisted living licenses and records

How we arrived at our Hawaii rating

We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and we based our rating primarily on the objective, state-specific accessibility criteria outlined in these questions:
  1. Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form? Yes
  2. If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently? No
  3. If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? Yes
  4. Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? Yes
  5. If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently (within 90 days)? No
  6. If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? No
  7. If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations and inspections searchable at all? Yes
  8. Is information about special licensing for care shown? Yes
  9. Is capacity shown? Yes
  10. Are payment types shown (e.g., Medicaid, private pay)? No
  11. Is the administrator/contact name shown? Yes
  12. Can the state fine a facility? Yes
  13. What is the frequency of inspections? Every six months
  14. Does the website include pricing of facilities? No

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2022-2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. U.S. News and World Reports. Cost of living.

  3. National Center for Assisted Living. (2022). Assisted living state regulatory review.

  4. State of Hawaii, Department of Health. Office of Health Care Assurance. (2023). Healthcare facilities inspection reports.

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