Hawaii Assisted Living Communities

Under state law, Hawaii terms assisted living communities as “adult residential care homes” which encompasses a variation of elderly care homes depending on resident needs. An Adult Residential Care Home is defined as a community, which provides 24-hour care to residents who require assistance with daily living tasks, including personal care services, and are unrelated to the provider.

There are currently 14 assisted living homes operating in Hawaii.


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Assisted Living Homes in Hawaii – Cost Comparison

City Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Monthly Median
Honolulu $3,500 $5,000 $4,150

The average cost of an assisted living community in Hawaii is $4,000 per month. Because of the small island nature of Hawaii, the average state cost of assisted senior living, including personal care services, is $400 higher than the continental U.S. average. The main concentration of homes (7) can be found in the urban area of Honolulu. Cheaper homes can be located sporadically throughout the 6 Hawaiian Islands.

For more information about assisted living costs in Hawaii, check out Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey.

Recreation & Attractions in Hawaii

A chain of islands miles apart from the continental United States, Hawaii offers six exotic islands brimming with unique plant life and rugged terrain. Famously known for the volcanoes, which continually shape the islands, locals can experience dormant volcanoes through walking trails and beautiful scenic views of the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Beaches, camping, hiking and breathtaking waterfalls can be experienced at the N? Pali Coast State Park. For those interested in the history of the island state, the first culture and complex society of the Hawaiian islands can be experienced at the Polynesian Cultural Center and the ‘Iolani Palace, former home of the final Hawaiian monarchy.

Hawaiian turned American history can be experienced through the multiple armed forces memorials around Hawaii, such as the most notable Pearl Harbor Memorial. Recognized by professional surfers from around the world, Hawaii is home to the famous Banzai Pipeline where brave surfers catch some major waves.

Hawaii’s Climate, Geography, & Culture

Know for its strong Polynesian influences, in Hawaii you are likely to see many flower leis, hula dances, hear traditional Hawaiian music, and hear the Hawaiian language. Unlike the continental United States, neighboring Polynesian cultures migrating from Asia and the Western Pacific first inhabited Hawaii. As the Polynesian peoples settled into the new island home, a distinctly Hawaiian culture developed into a complex and highly structured society with a foundation of ancient Polynesian culture. Omens and superstitions are plentiful here such as rain on a wedding day or taking lava rocks from the island.

Nestled in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii experiences the benefits of island life with only a five-degree temperature variation throughout the whole year. Hawaii’s coldest months March and February bring temperatures in the mid-70 degree Fahrenheit range. During Hawaii’s hottest time of year in August and September, temperatures rise slightly into the low 80 degrees Fahrenheit range. On average, Hawaii experiences 25 to 30 inches of precipitation per year.

Hawaii’s Assisted Living Communities Regulations & Laws

Assisted Living homes are regulated by a state-to-state basis. Every state has a publicly accessible legal document outlining the regulations, licensing, operation and other rules for assisted living. The Hawaiian Department of Health, Office of Health Care Assurance oversees the regulations of assisted living in that state. The complete legal document of adult residential care home regulations as defined by Hawaiian law  can be viewed online via the Department of Health website. The Department of Health, Office of Health Care Assurance is also responsible for records concerning inspections, citations, violations and that of the like of individual assisted living homes in Hawaii.

Crime & Safety in Hawaii

Hawaii’s islands are an ideal paradise for most, but it is still important to know your surrounding when looking for a new place to live. Check out some of Hawaii’s safest cities to start your search:

LocationViolent Crimes Per 1,000 ResidentsProperty Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Ko Olina0.546.70
East Honolulu1.1714.51
Kailua CDP (Honolulu County)1.215.98

(Source: areavibes.com)

Payment Options for Hawaii Assisted Living Centers


Med Quest is the new encompassing Medicaid program for elderly, low-income and disabled residents of Hawaii. Med Quest will give financial assistance for an array of long-term care offered by Hawaii, including the services provided by assisted living. Financial assistance for room and board is not included for assisted living care under this program.

Community Care Foster Family Homes (CCFFHs)

Informally known as Hawaii’s Adult Foster Care Program, this program offers state-subsidized foster homes to both those Medicaid eligible and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligible. Foster Family Homes allow 1-3 adults to live in a family home environment while receiving assisted living type services. There are approximately 300 foster family homes located throughout the islands of Hawaii, all of which are certified by the state.

Assisted Living Family Loans

Alternate payment options are available. Families can apply for an assisted living family loan. This provides temporary or long-term financial assistance when paying for assisted senior care. The program allows multiple people to contribute to payment

Senior & Elderly Rights for Assisted Living Residences in Hawaii

While residing in the home, a resident retains constitutional civil rights, rights of privacy, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. The resident also retains the right to personal possessions, autonomy over personal finances, bodily autonomy, and power of attorney. The resident has a right to be informed of the process to file a complaint of unsatisfactory living situations, abuse, neglect and the like. Unlike most states, Hawaii does not have a specified list of resident rights. 

Hawaii Assisted Living Homes: Medical Record Rules & Regulations

Assisted living homes in Hawaii are required to provide any type of heath services that are ordered by an attending physician, as well as keep all medical information confidential, accurate, and complete. Medical records shall be readily accessible upon request.

Residents have access to their medical records and can request a copy of all or a portion of their medical records. They can also request a copy of some or all of the information at a cost not to exceed the community standard for photocopies.

Finding the perfect senior care community is only part of making your loved one’s senior living transition smooth. At SeniorCaring, we know that it is also equally important to be aware of what other community services and resources are available to your family’s senior. Choose your location and find local resources for your senior.