Honolulu supports a population of just over one million people and 18.2% of those residents are 65 and older. Due to the increased risk associated with aging, Alzheimer’s and dementia are legitimate concerns for this demographic. Alzheimer’s affects an estimated 6.5 million people in America and is considered the seventh leading cause of death. According to the CDC, Alzheimer’s accounted for 6.53% of all deaths in Honolulu in 2018. This is a 37.88% increase in Alzheimer’s fatalities calculated in 2014 with only a 7% increase in all causes of death during that same four-year period, making it clear that Alzheimer’s rates are on the rise. Moreover, the Alzheimer’s Association predicts the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s will increase to 13 million by the year 2050.

Although the numbers associated with Alzheimer’s can be alarming, Honolulu memory care communities offer safe and supportive care for seniors living with dementia. Trained staff members provide 24/7 care and offer services developed to help slow the progression of the disease while increasing quality of life. This guide evaluates the pros and cons of living in Honolulu with memory care issues, information on local memory care options and supportive resources in the area.

Memory Care Facilities in Honolulu, HI

Kalakaua Gardens

1723 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI, 96826


The Plaza at Waikiki

1812 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI, 96815


Hale Kū’ike

95 Kawananakoa Place, Honolulu, HI, 96817

Hale Ku’ike specializes in memory care, and I think they do a good job. They have communities, open dining room, and the people are encouraged to sit and eat together. You can have a single room or a … (read more)
Hale Ku’ike specializes in memory care, and I think they do a good job. They have communities, open dining room, and the people are encouraged to sit and eat together. You can have a single room or a … (read more)

Kina Ole Estate

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

We really liked Kina Ole Estate, and we really liked the tour. The staff member was really informative and she took us all around. The facility was clean, she showed us the room, and we liked it; she … (read more)
We really liked Kina Ole Estate, and we really liked the tour. The staff member was really informative and she took us all around. The facility was clean, she showed us the room, and we liked it; she … (read more)

Hale Kū’ike Bayside

45-212 Kaneohe Bay Dr, Kaneohe, HI, 96744

My mother has been in Hale Ku’ike Bayside for several months. It’s been very good right from the beginning. They’re very kind and gentle and very knowledgeable. So it’s been a very good experience. Th … (read more)
My mother has been in Hale Ku’ike Bayside for several months. It’s been very good right from the beginning. They’re very kind and gentle and very knowledgeable. So it’s been a very good experience. Th … (read more)

The Plaza Assisted Living

46-064 Alaloa St, Kaneohe, HI, 96744


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Honolulu

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care 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 Memory Care in Hawaii. 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 Memory Care in Honolulu

The Office of Health Care Assurance is a division within Hawaii’s Department of Health and is tasked with overseeing the general licensing and regulation of communities that provide memory care. Inspections are scheduled every two years with additional unannounced inspections conducted if there is a complaint or to ensure regulatory compliance.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Honolulu

  • The cost of living in Honolulu is 76.5% higher than the national average but with the large percentage of seniors that make up the local population the state develops a number of programs that help ease financial burdens.
  • Average high temperatures in Honolulu tend to stay in the 80s throughout the year with lows that rarely dip below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Seniors who dislike cooler temperatures will enjoy Hawaii’s tropical climate with low winds and mild precipitation.
  • Seniors retiring on private pensions, 401(k) or IRA accounts will be charged the full income tax rate for their bracket on these earnings. However, those living on Social Security income and public pensions are tax exempt. Those dollars are stretched even further with a 4% General Excise Tax rate that replaces the standard sales tax found in most states.
  • Hawaii boasts some of the lowest health care costs in the country. A 2019 report by The Senior List showed Americans spend an average of $5,640.78 on health care each year while island residents enjoyed the lowest costs of any state at just $3,626.
  • Getting around Honolulu without a vehicle is not a problem for seniors. The city was ranked 11th on the 2018 traditional Redfin transit score which measures the frequency and usefulness of public transit options. The future implementation of the planned Honolulu Rail Transit Project will add another convenient mode of transportation to the list.
  • Despite high levels of traffic in the city, Honolulu consistently shows good air quality index ratings that fall well below the 50 AQI threshold for clean readings. Seniors with respiratory conditions can move about freely without the need to stay indoors to avoid air pollutants.
  • Honolulu has a crime index of 14 which means it is safer than just 14% of all other measured areas. However, compared to cities of similar populations, it actually proves to be much safer than comparable cities.

Paying for Memory Care in Honolulu

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

The average cost for memory care in Honolulu is $6,719 per month which is over $1,000 higher than the national monthly average of $5,625. Surprisingly, memory care costs on the west coastal mainland are higher than on the Islands.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

With senior care prices calculated for only two cities in the state of Hawaii, Honolulu’s average monthly cost of $6,719 for memory care is higher than the $4,781 average price tag in Kahului on the island of Maui. Despite being higher than the national average, the cost seems much more reasonable when compared to two major cities in California, with Los Angeles offering slight savings at $6,563 and San Francisco averaging significantly higher at $7,899.

$6719

Honolulu

$6719

Hawaii

$5625

The United States

$4781

Kahului

$7899

San Francisco

$6563

Los Angeles

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Monthly fees for Honolulu nursing home facilities are the only more expensive option than memory care, with an average monthly charge of $12,471 for a semi-private room. The greatest bargain comes with adult day care at only $1,625 with all other senior care options bringing in a monthly savings of around $1,000.

$6719

Memory Care

$5720

In-home Care

$5720

Home Health Care

$1625

Adult Day Health Care

$5375

Assisted Living Facility

$12471

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Brooklyn

In Honolulu, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Hawaii page.

More ways to pay for memory care in Hawaii

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

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

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

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Hawaii page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Honolulu

Seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can benefit from additional support outside of their caregivers and memory care communities. Hawaii offers several free services to seniors who are seeking information on dementia, need assistance with their care options or wish to connect with others in their local area.

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 272-3900

As the Hawaii branch of the national organization, Alzheimer's Association Aloha works to advocate for local seniors and offers education and services to those impacted by Alzheimer's. Supportive services include educational workshops and support groups for seniors to connect with others who share their experiences. 

cnishita@hawaii.edu

Dementia Friends is a volunteer initiative that educates the public about the impacts of dementia and recruits able-bodied members of the community to assist seniors who are living with a diagnosis. This can involve approaching seniors who may be disoriented in public or arranging activities to encourage social engagement. 

(808) 447-7448

Organized by BrightStar Care of Honolulu, this cafe is hosted on the third Thursday of every month and provides an opportunity for seniors and their caregivers to enjoy a dementia-friendly public outing. Seniors are given opportunities to participate in organized activities and socialize with others who have been impacted by dementia.

(808) 768-7700

The Elderly Affairs Division is Honolulu's Area Agency on Aging. This department is available to assist seniors with accessing local programs for which they qualify, including those that provide assistance with dementia care.

(808) 956-6544

This program provides limited legal services to at least 60 years old residents. Seniors with dementia can seek assistance with drafting advanced directives, simple wills, and powers of attorney, or can get counseling on public benefits and legal issues related to exploitation and abuse.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Honolulu

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

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Hawaii