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Often thought of as a vacation destination, Hawaii is an exciting place to live. With a warm climate and gorgeous jungle and mountain scenery, each of Hawaii’s diverse islands is fun to explore. Of course, the most populous city is Honolulu, where many of the CNA jobs can be found. However, Mililani and Pearl City also have numerous hospitals and long-term care facilities. In fact, the state is home to 25 hospitals and over 4,000 nursing homes. In between work hours, CNAs will be able to explore many sites of historical and geographical significance, such as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Diamond Head as well as the USS Arizona Memorial and the Polynesian Cultural Center.

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About Hawaii

– Capital: Honolulu
– Minimum Wage: $8.50
– Number of Hospitals: 25
– Number of Nursing Homes: 4,215


– Total Population: 1,419,561
– Population (ages 45-64): 357,988
– Population (ages 65+): 228,154
– Population (ages 85+): 36,891

Top Colleges & Unversities

– University of Hawaii, Manoa

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in Hawaii

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In Hawaii, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations works with the state’s Nurse Aide Registry to regulate CNA training and testing. State-approved training programs must have at least 100 hours of training. Of these hours, 30 must be spent in the classroom learning CNA theory, and the other 70 must be spent practicing clinical skills in local healthcare facilities under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Some programs offer more hours than this, such as the American Red Cross with 130 hours; a longer program may be advantageous to CNAs, who plan to move to a different state.

Potential students must be at least 18 years old but are not required by state or federal law to have high school diplomas. However, students with high school diplomas or GEDs may find it easier to get into certain training programs than others do; in addition, they often make higher salaries and have more jobs open to them when compared to those without diplomas. Those without diplomas typically have to take the TABE test to check basic math and reading comprehension.

Students must also have clean criminal records as well as good health. They will need to have a current criminal background check performed using fingerprints and a Hawaii photo ID. They will need to be healthy overall and be able to lift at least 40 pounds. They must have up-to-date immunizations, including MMR, hepatitis B, meningitis and varicella. Finally, students will need negative tuberculosis tests or negative chest x-rays.

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs works with Prometric for its competency evaluations. It uses a two-part format to test both CNA knowledge and skills. All new CNAs must pass this examination before receiving their certifications. Also, CNAs who allow their certifications to lapse must retest. Tests may be taken at many training sites as well as at additional regional sites.

Students will begin with the knowledge test, which is taken with pencil and paper. However, students with disabilities or who speak English as a second language may request to take the test orally but must do so at least 30 days before the testing date. The knowledge section has 60 multiple-choice questions, which must be answered in 90 minutes or less.

Next, students will take the skills examination, which is a hands-on test performed on a volunteer actor. Students will need to demonstrate five skills total, which must all be passed for them to pass the skills section. Three of the skills will be randomly selected; the other two skills are hand washing and indirect care. Students will have between 31 to 40 minutes to complete this section.

Students must pass both sections in three or fewer attempts and within 24 months from completing training to avoid having to retrain. Test results are available online 48 to 72 hours following the test. The fee to take both parts of the test is $200 for the written version and $210 for the oral version.

CNAs moving to Hawaii from a different state can apply for reciprocity. They must be active and in good standing with their former states and must not be on their state’s abuse registry. Individuals will need to complete the application and send it to Prometric with copies of their current certifications. Prometric will then contact the previous state for verification. Some applicants will be added directly to the state’s Nurse Aide Registry while others will be required to complete the Hawaii competency evaluation first. The fee for reciprocity is $25. Those applying for reciprocity who are not currently active in their former state must take the competency evaluation.

Hawaii CNAs need to renew their certifications every two years to remain active on the state’s registry. To be able to renew, CNAs must work for pay at least eight hours every 24 months and will need to provide proof of employment. Those who work in non-Medicaid-licensed facilities must also complete 24 hours of continuing education in this period. Individuals will need to submit their renewal applications at least 30 days prior to their expiration dates to ensure that the paperwork is processed in time. Those who allow their certifications to lapse must retake the competency evaluation. CNAs with lapsed certifications who attended a training program that is not currently on the state-approved list must retrain and retest. The cost for renewal is $25.

Hawaii State Department of Health
Professional & Vocational Licensing
Nurse Aide Registry
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HI Nurse Aide
354 Uluniu Street, Suite 308
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 800-967-1200

Employment Information for Hawaii

Average Salary for CNAs in Hawaii

With a high cost of living, Hawaii CNAs should expect a higher-than-average wage when compared with much of the continental United States. CNAs here make even more than the state’s income per capita of $29,305 at $30,480 per year. This is an average of $14.66 per hour. Honolulu CNAs often get paid the most for living in a metropolitan area.

Job Outlook in Hawaii

Hawaii currently has over 5,000 job opportunities for CNAS scattered among its many hospitals and nursing homes. The residents most often cared for are the 37,000 individuals over the age of 85 and the 228,000 individuals over the age of 65. However, CNAs can count on having plenty of jobs in the future as the 358,000 residents between the ages of 45 and 65 continue to age.

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Top Hospitals in Hawaii
Hospital NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneWebsite
Queen'S Medical Center1301 Punchbowl StreetHonoluluHI96813808-538-9011Website
Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center3288 Moanalua RoadHonoluluHI96819808-432-0000Website
Castle Medical Center640 Ulukahiki StreetKailuaHI96734808-263-5500Website
Hale Ho'Ola Hamakua45-547 Plumeria StreetHonokaaHI96727808-775-7211Website
Hawaii State Hospital45-710 Keaahala RoadKaneoheHI96744808-236-8237Website
Hilo Medical Center1190 Waianuenue AvenueHiloHI96720808-932-3000Website
Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health91-2301 Old Fort Weaver RoadEwa BeachHI96706808-671-8511Website
Kahuku Medical Center56-117 Pualalea StreetKahukuHI96731808-293-9221Website
Kauai Veterans Memorial HospitalWaimea Canyon RoadWaimeaHI96796808-338-9431Website
Kau Hospital1 Kamani StreetPahalaHI96777808-928-2050Website
Kohala Hospital54-383 Hospital RoadKohalaHI96755808-889-6211Website
Kona Community Hospital79-1019 Haukapila StreetKealakekuaHI96750808-322-9311Website
Kuakini Medical Center347 North Kuakini StreetHonoluluHI96817808-536-2236Website
Kula Hospital100 Keokea PlaceKulaHI96790808-878-1221Website
Lanai Community Hospital628 Seventh StreetLanai CityHI96763808-565-8450Website
Leahi Hospital3675 Kilauea AvenueHonoluluHI96816808-733-8000Website
Maui Memorial Medical Center221 Mahalani StreetWailukuHI96793808-244-9056Website
Molokai General Hospital280 Home Olu PlaceKaunakakaiHI96748808-553-5331Website
North Hawaii Community Hospital67-1125 Mamalahoa HighwayKamuelaHI96743808-885-4444Website
Pali Momi Medical Center98-1079 Moanalua RoadAieaHI96701808-486-6000Website

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