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In order to work legally as a Certified Nurse Aide in Hawaii, you must  enroll in CNA classes in Hawaii to complete one of the state-approved CNA programs, pass the written and skills examination and pass a criminal background check.

If you currently hold a CNA license in another sate, you must call the Department of Commerce and Consumer affairs directly at 808-586-3000 and ask about what is required to convert your license to Hawaii.

CNA Training Programs in Hawaii

While CNA programs vary in Hawaii depending on the facility in which you choose to train, there are some minimum standards that all facilities must adhere to when providing CNA training. These standards include providing at least 100 hours of training, which is made up of 30 hours of specific CNA classes, and 70 hours of clinical and practical training.

While taking CNA classes in Hawaii, you can expect to learn about the “bedside manner” that you hear so much about in the healthcare industry as well as caring for patients, preventing and controlling the spread of infection, what to do in the event of an emergency in different settings (private home, hospital and nursing home) as well as skills like changing dressings and lifting heavy or immobile patients so as to prevent injury.

There are currently only 29 programs that are approved for CNA training in Hawaii. Once you find an appropriate training program, contact the coordinator at the facility to find out how to register for the program and what fees are involved.

The most popular option is the American Red Cross, which exceeds state recommendations for CNA programs by offering a 130-hour course (84 hours of classes and 35 hours of clinicals) and smaller class sizes. This ensures more direct attention is paid to each individual student as opposed to students getting lost in the shuffle. These CNA classes can be taken in a classroom ($1340) or online ($1475) and with your application you must submit the following:

  • Proof of a recent (within the last 12 months), negative two step TB test
  • A written consent allowing the Red Cross to conduct a background check

Once you start class, there are certain requirements including dress code as well as attendance. Regardless of absences, you are required to complete the state minimum of 100 hours of CNA classes and training. Dress code consists of a uniform made up of scrubs and clean white tennis shoes. With the American Red Cross, one set of white scrubs is included in your fees. For more detailed information about the Red Cross program, click here.


Hawaii CNA Classes

CNA training in Hawaii is broken up into several segments and can vary from program to program. For the most part, large areas of study include:

  • Mastering nursing skills
  • Lab practices
  • Lectures and homework assignment review
  • Clinical training (assisted living experience and long-term care facilities)
  • Mock testing and exam preparation

Taking the CNA Examination

The American Red Cross is responsible for administering the final exam to students of CNA training programs across the state of Hawaii. There is a fee of $275, which must be paid in order to write the state exam.

There are two parts to the exam (skills and written) and it can all be done within the course of a day. You must however, take the skills test first and pass before you are permitted to take the written test.

Test takers have their exams graded and are provided with their results on the same day that they take the test. Once you’ve passed, you will become licensed and receive a State of Hawaii Certified Nurse Assistant certificate delivered by mail to your home address. For more information on testing schedules, call the American Red Cross at 808-739-8124 and follow the prompts.

Considering the number of baby boomers who are quickly reaching retirement age, it is understandable that there has been an increased demand for certified nursing assistants in Hawaii. With salaries starting at $30,000 per year, reach out and grab hold of this fast-paced career opportunity and become a CNA today.

CNA Job and Salary Data for Hawaii Cities

Urban Area Employed CNA’s Hourly Mean Wage Salary Range 10% – 90%* CNA Employment Per 1,000 Jobs
Kahului – Wailuku – Lahaina 520 $15.38 $12.3 – $18.58 7.27
Urban Honolulu 3,730 $14.61 $10.39 – $18.79 8.22
Kauai Community College 3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766

As a part of the University of Hawaii system, Kauai Community College is located in Lihue on the island of Kauai. This school is fully accredited to offer two-year degrees as well as occupational certifications. One of the trade technology options available at the college is for certified nursing assistants. Those who want to become a CNA will need to complete classwork and clinicals.


Hawaii Community College 200 West Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720

Hawaii Community College is a part of the University System of Hawaii and offers two-year degrees as well as certifications for those who want to enter the workforce immediately after completion. The nursing and allied health program offers practical nursing degrees as well as certified nursing assistant classes and courses for those who wish to become an adult residential care home operator.


Windward Community College 45-720 Kamala Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Windward Community College in Kaneohe is a Hawaiian work ready school that uses innovative methods to teach students in a variety of different subjects. Students of this school may pursue a two-year degree or an occupational certification of their choice. The certified nurse aide program requires students to complete a 24 day classroom session and then a two week clinicals session before they may receive their CNA.


Kapiolani Community College – Diamond Head Unit 4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816

Often referred to simply as KCC, Kapiolani Community College is centered in Honolulu, providing students of the area the opportunity to pursue a technical education. This college is a part of the larger University of Hawaii System. The Diamond Head Unit offers technical certifications, including a nurse aide training course. The training can be completed in two different ways: in home health care or long-term care. Both are accredited by the state of Hawaii.


Maui Community College 310 West Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732

As a part of the University System of Hawaii, Maui Community College is a technical education division, which gives students the opportunity to pursue a degree or certification which will prepare them for work in a variety of different available trades. The college offers two-year degrees, some four-year degrees and technical certifications. Students may choose, if they wish to become a CNA, between an associate’s degree in allied health and nursing or a CNA certification program available at the college.


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CNA Training Class Locations in Hawaii (HI)

The following is a list of state approved CNA Training Centers in Hawaii:

Cities in Hawaii:

Aiea | Hilo | Honolulu | Kahului | Kailua Kona | Kaneohe | Kealakekua | Lihue | Wailuku | Waipahu

  • City
  • CNA Training Center
  • Street Address
  • Phone Number


CNA Training International

99-209 Moanalua Rd-307, Aiea, HI 96701



Health Care School of Hawaii

98-025 Hekaha Street, Aiea, HI 96701



American Red Cross-East Hawaii

55 Ululani Street, Hilo, HI 96720

808) 935-8305


Hawaii Community College

200 West Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720



Life Care of Hilo

944 West Kawailani Street, Hilo, HI 96720

(808) 959-9151


American Red Cross-Oahu Training Site

4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816



CareGiver Training School Corp.

1320 Kalani Street, Honolulu, HI 96817



Healthcare Training-Career Consultants, Inc.-Honolulu/Dillingham Unit

2130 North King St., Suite 7, Honolulu, HI 96819

(808) 843-2211


Kolani Community College-Diamond Head Unit

4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816

(808) 734-9000


TLC Total Loving Care Health Service

1088 Bishop Street, Honolulu, HI 96813



Maui Community College

310 West Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732

(808) 984-3471

Kailua Kona

American Red Cross-Kona

74-5615 Luhia Street-A1B, Kailua Kona, HI 96740

(808) 326-9488


Ohana Pacific Management Company

45-181 Waikalua Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744

(808) 247-0003


Windward Community College

45-720 Keaahala Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744

(808) 235-7400


Kona Community Hospital

79-1019 Haukla Street, Kealakekua, HI 96750

(808) 322-9311


American Red Cross-Kauai

4364 Hardy Street, Lihue, HI 96766



Kauai Community College

3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766



Healthcare Training-Career Consultants, Inc.-Maui Unit

33 Central Avenue, Wailuku, HI 96819

(808) 843-2211


Healthcare Training-Career Consultants, Inc.-Waipahu Unit

94-210 Pupukahi St., Suite #205-#206, Waipahu, HI 96797

(808) 676-4933