Located on Oahu’s south shore, Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and home to about 1 million residents, with 18.2% of them aged 65 or older. Rich in opportunities for seniors, Honolulu offers thriving senior center programming that includes classes in the park, excursions, luncheons and much more. Plus, the area’s year-round warm climate adds further appeal for seniors looking to escape cold winters. 

Honolulu’s assisted living communities provide support for seniors who may need some assistance with activities of daily living such as personal care as well as help with transportation to and from medical appointments or shopping excursions. These vibrant communities work well for seniors who may not feel comfortable living on their own but still want to retain some independence. Seniors in Honolulu can expect to pay about $5,375 per month for assisted living care, which matches the state average.

This guide provides important information on assisted living communities in Honolulu. Explore this guide to learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of assisted living in Honolulu and free local resources available for seniors in the area.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Honolulu, HI

2015, 2016

Holiday Hawai’i Kai Retirement Community

428 Kawaihae St, Honolulu, HI, 96825

is located on the spectacular island of Oahu in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. This assisted and independent living facility offers numerous amenities, including a beauty/barber shop, computer room and … (read more)
is located on the spectacular island of Oahu in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. This assisted and independent living facility offers numerous amenities, including a beauty/barber shop, computer room and … (read more)

Kalakaua Gardens

1723 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI, 96826


Lunalilo Home

501 Kekauluohi St., Honolulu, HI, 96825


The Plaza at Waikiki

1812 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI, 96815

The Plaza at Waikiki is a nice place and closer to town. The equipment and the place are newer, and I want to be close to my family, that’s why I chose it. They serve three meals a day. The staff seem … (read more)
The Plaza at Waikiki is a nice place and closer to town. The equipment and the place are newer, and I want to be close to my family, that’s why I chose it. They serve three meals a day. The staff seem … (read more)

The Plaza at Punchbowl

918 Lunalilo St, Honolulu, HI, 96822

The Plaza at Punchbowl is in Honolulu, Hawaii on the beautiful island of Oahu. Room options at this assisted living facility range from studio apartments to two-bedroom apartments with companion suite … (read more)
The Plaza at Punchbowl is in Honolulu, Hawaii on the beautiful island of Oahu. Room options at this assisted living facility range from studio apartments to two-bedroom apartments with companion suite … (read more)

Manoa Senior Care

918 12th Ave., Suite 1000, Honolulu, HI, 96816

Manoa Senior Care is located near the shore in Honolulu, HI, a city known for its crystal-clear water and its towering, extinct volcanoes. Loved ones of residents like the way they are welcomed when t … (read more)
Manoa Senior Care is located near the shore in Honolulu, HI, a city known for its crystal-clear water and its towering, extinct volcanoes. Loved ones of residents like the way they are welcomed when t … (read more)

One Kalakaua Senior Living

1314 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI, 96826

Hale Ola Kino, in Honolulu, HI, is located near the beach and the mountains. Visitors find this facility to be clean and pleasant, with plenty of natural light and comfortable furnishings. Many people … (read more)
Hale Ola Kino, in Honolulu, HI, is located near the beach and the mountains. Visitors find this facility to be clean and pleasant, with plenty of natural light and comfortable furnishings. Many people … (read more)

The Plaza at Moanalua

1280 Moanalualani Pl, Honolulu, HI, 96819

The alluring island of Oahu is home to The Plaza at Moanalua assisted living facility in Honolulu, Hawaii. Room options at this facility include studios, one-bedroom apartments and companion suites. R … (read more)
The alluring island of Oahu is home to The Plaza at Moanalua assisted living facility in Honolulu, Hawaii. Room options at this facility include studios, one-bedroom apartments and companion suites. R … (read more)

Manoa Cottage

2035 Kamehameha Avenue, Honolulu, HI, 96822

Picturesque Manoa Cottage is located in Honolulu, Hawaii, not far from Honolulu National Airport and the center of Honolulu itself. The facility is home to three picturesque cottages that offer a warm … (read more)
Picturesque Manoa Cottage is located in Honolulu, Hawaii, not far from Honolulu National Airport and the center of Honolulu itself. The facility is home to three picturesque cottages that offer a warm … (read more)

Hale Ola Kino

1314 Kalakaua Avenue, 2Nd Floor, Honolulu, HI, 96826


Kina Ole Estate

45-225 William Henry Road, Kaneohe, HI, 96744

Kina Ole Estate was a little nicer than the other place I visited, but it was more expensive. It’s newer, so it was more modernized. The rooms and everything were a lot newer. The staff was excellent … (read more)
Kina Ole Estate was a little nicer than the other place I visited, but it was more expensive. It’s newer, so it was more modernized. The rooms and everything were a lot newer. The staff was excellent … (read more)

Good Samaritan Society "“ Pohai Nani

45-090 Namoku Street, Kaneohe, HI, 96744

Good Samaritan Society, in Kaneohe, HI, is a facility with lush landscaping and close proximity to the beach. Visitors say the view of the mountains and the Kaneohe Bay make it a lovely spot for resid … (read more)
Good Samaritan Society, in Kaneohe, HI, is a facility with lush landscaping and close proximity to the beach. Visitors say the view of the mountains and the Kaneohe Bay make it a lovely spot for resid … (read more)

Aiea Heights Senior Living

99-1657 Aiea Heights Dr, Aiea, HI, 96701

The staff at Aiea Heights Senior Living is really good. We didn’t get to see my mother’s room though. We weren’t allowed in because of COVID, but she says it’s clean, and she’s happy she has her own r … (read more)
The staff at Aiea Heights Senior Living is really good. We didn’t get to see my mother’s room though. We weren’t allowed in because of COVID, but she says it’s clean, and she’s happy she has her own r … (read more)

The Plaza Assisted Living

46-064 Alaloa St, Kaneohe, HI, 96744


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Honolulu

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in HI. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Honolulu

Hawaii’s Department of Health, Office of Health Care Assurance oversees and licenses Honolulu-area assisted living facilities. This office establishes the guidelines and expectations for these facilities and ensures they adhere to them to retain their license. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Honolulu

  • For seniors seeking warm weather, the Honolulu climate delivers. The area averages high temperatures in the 70s and 80s year-round. While some months can be humid, the trade winds make high-humidity days more pleasant. 
  • Cost of living is high in Honolulu, coming in at 88% higher than the national average. Even though all categories exceed the national average, transportation costs are the lowest at just 35% of the national average.
  • Honolulu’s overall crime rates are lower than the national average. Violent crimes are particularly low at 17.4, which is below the U.S. average of 22.7. However, property crime rates are higher than average, so seniors and their families may want to find a well-secured assisted living facility.
  • Hawaii is a tax-friendly state for seniors. The state exempts Social Security benefits and pension income from taxes. Plus, it has a low property tax rate and low sales tax, which can result in additional savings for seniors.
  • Honolulu seniors needing medical care have access to several hospitals, including the nationally recognized Queen’s Health Systems, which includes hospitals, primary care facilities and urgent care offices.
  • Honolulu is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. This designation means that the city has committed to focusing on creating a liveable space where community members of all ages can thrive.

Paying for Assisted Living in Honolulu

According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey, the cost of assisted living care in Honolulu is $5,375 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Honolulu’s cost of assisted living care aligns with the state average, which is also $5,375 per month. However, Honolulu’s average cost is higher than other areas of Hawaii, including Kahului, where assisted living facilities average $3,825 per month.

$5375

Honolulu

$5375

Hawaii

$4500

The United States

$3825

Kahului

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

A variety of types of senior care are available in Honolulu for those older residents with mobility and other aging-in-place issues, with each type coming in at different price points. To find the appropriate senior care, consider both your budget and the senior’s needs. Adult day health care services are the most affordable option, averaging $1,625 per month. However, care levels are limited. Costlier choices are in-home care and home health care, both of which average $5,720 per month. Nursing home communities are the most expensive type of senior care due to the ongoing care level. In Honolulu, you can expect a nursing home with a semi-private room to cost $12,471 per month, on average. 

$5720

Homemaker Services

$5720

Home Health Aide

$1625

Adult Day Health Care

$5375

Assisted Living Facility

$12471

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Honolulu

Elderly Medicaid recipients in Hawaii may receive benefits through MED Quest for long-term care. This program offers less coverage for ALFs than it does for ARCHs, and it doesn’t pay for rent or meals. An optional supplement may be available to people receiving Social Security Income (SSI). 

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Hawaii page.

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Hawaii page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Honolulu

Seniors in Honolulu can tap into a wide network of assisted living resources to help them as they search for or move into assisted living facilities. Local agencies and government-based organizations offer a variety of free resources that can aid seniors as they make the transition to assisted living.

Resource

Contact

Service

(808) 768-7700

Honolulu's Elderly Affairs Division provides information and guidance for seniors and their caregivers. Tap into information about long-term care options, caregiving guidance and referrals to community service providers. 

(808) 586-7268

Hawaii's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program helps seniors and their families navigate any issues related to their long-term care facility. This volunteer-led program investigates and resolves any complaints about these facilities to ensure seniors live in a safe environment. 

(808) 768-6895

The Honolulu Senior Citizen Program offers 32 senior clubs focused on community service, island-wide outings and luncheons. Kupana in the Park classes touch on a variety of topics, including crafting, music and cooking, offering an engaging way for seniors to come together and learn.

(808) 973-8387

The Honolulu Vet Center offers free, confidential help to Honolulu veterans and their families. Seniors can access counseling services in individual and group settings and referrals to community resources. Seniors can also learn about their VA services and benefits. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Honolulu

Honolulu Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in HI are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Hawaii page for more information about these laws.