Colleges, Universities & Vocational Schools In Hawaii

When it comes to post-secondary education in Hawaii, there are surprisingly many options for a relatively small U.S. state. Public post-secondary schools include the Hawaii Department of Education adult community schools and the state’s expansive University of Hawaii system. There are also several private colleges and universities to choose from, as well as vocational schools for those students who want to work in certain trades.

To meet representatives from many of the schools listed below — all in one place — attend the annual Hawaii College and Career Fair, which is held every November on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.


DOE Community Schools For Adults

Hawaii’s Department of Education (DOE) operates 11 adult community schools throughout Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai. They offer classes that teach remedial reading, writing, and math; life/parenting skills; English language; American Sign Language; and Hawaiian language and culture. They also provide U.S. citizenship classes, substitute teacher training, and a program for earning a high school diploma (participants must be at least 16 years old).

The 11 Community Schools For Adults are:

  • Farrington Community School (Kalihi, Honolulu)
  • Kaimuki Community School (Kaimuki, Honolulu)
  • McKinley Community School (Ala Moana, Honolulu)
  • Moanalua/Aiea Community School (Aiea, Oahu)
  • Wahiawa Community School (Wahiawa, Oahu)
  • Waipahu Community School (Waipahu, Oahu)
  • Windward School For Adults (Kailua, Oahu)
  • Hilo Community School (Hilo, Big Island)
  • Kona Community School (Kailua-Kona, Big Island)
  • Kauai Community School (Lihue, Kauai)
  • Maui Community School (Kahului, Maui)

University of Hawaii

The state’s University of Hawaii (UH) system includes 3 universities and 7 community colleges, all of which are accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC). In addition to traditional classroom instruction, each campus offers distance-learning classes, through which certain courses of study can be completed via the Internet, videoconferencing, and cable TV.

Each campus also offers its own continuing education (CE) program, in which nontraditional students (working professionals, older adults returning to college, visiting international students, etc.) can take credit and noncredit courses during the evening, on weekends, and during summer. CE departments also offer special programs such as travel-study, intensive English-language instruction, classes for senior citizens, vocational training and recertification courses, apprenticeships, youth summer classes, and more.

Here’s a handy comparison chart of all the certificate and degree programs offered at all 10 UH campuses.

Main Campuses

UH’s 10 main campuses are:

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa | CE (Manoa, Honolulu) – UH’s main campus. Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, including: Architecture, Asian Studies, Astronomy, Biomedical Sciences, Educational Psychology, Entomology, Gerontology, Geology & Geophysics, Hawaiian Studies, International Management, Meteorology, Nursing, Oceanography, Tropical Medicine, Tropical Plant & Soil Sciences, Zoology, and many more. Full-time tuition per semester: From $4,200 for undergraduates to $16,776 for grad students working toward an LL.M (Master of Laws) degree. (Tuition for Hawaii nonresidents is higher.) U.S. News & World Report‘s “Best U.S. Colleges 2012″ gave these UH Manoa programs relatively high rankings:
    • Primary-care medicine
    • Geriatrics research
    • Part-time law program
    • Undergraduate business program, particularly international business
    • Part-time MBA program
    • Undergraduate engineering program
    • Graduate civil engineering program
    • Graduate electrical/electronic/communications engineering program
    • Graduate program in education
    • Library & information science program, particularly school library media
    • Graduate program in geology & geophysics
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo | CE (Hilo, Big Island) – Certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, including: Agriculture, China-U.S. Relations, Counseling Psychology, Indigenous Language & Culture Education, Japanese Studies, Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Nursing, Pharmacy, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, and many more. Full-time tuition per semester: $2,820 for undergraduates; $4,176 for grad students; $8,682 for pharmacy school students. (Tuition for Hawaii nonresidents is higher.) U.S. News & World Report‘s “Best U.S. Colleges 2012″ gave these UH Hilo programs relatively high rankings:
    • Undergraduate business program
    • Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy) program
  • University of Hawaii West Oahu (Moving from Pearl City to Kapolei, Oahu in 2012) – Certificate and bachelor’s degree programs, including: Applied Forensic Anthropology, Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management, Health Care Administration, Public Administration, Respiratory Care, Substance Abuse & Addiction Studies, and more. Full-time tuition per semester: $2,568 for Hawaii residents; $7,872 for nonresidents.
  • University of Hawaii Maui College | CE (Kahului, Maui) – Certificate, associate’s, and bachelor’s degree programs, including: Applied Business & Information Technology, Dental Assisting & Hygiene, Engineering Technology, Fashion Technology, Nursing, Sustainable Construction Technology, Therapeutic Activity Aid, and more. Tuition per credit hour: $97 for Hawaii residents; $280-492 for nonresidents.
  • Hawaii Community College | CE (Hilo, Big Island) – Certificate and associate’s degree programs, including: Auto Body Repair & Painting; Carpentry; Electrical Installation & Maintenance Technology; Fire Science; Hawaiian Life Styles; Machine, Welding & Industrial Mechanics Technologies; Nursing; Tropical Forest Ecosystem & Agroforestry Management; and more. Tuition per credit hour: $97 for Hawaii residents; $280-492 for nonresidents.
  • Honolulu Community College | CE (Kapalama, Honolulu) – Certificate and associate’s degree programs, including: Aeronautics Maintenance Technology; Architectural, Engineering & CAD Technology; Carpentry Technology; Commercial Aviation; Cosmetology; Fire & Environmental Emergency Response; Electrical Installation & Maintenance Technology, Industrial Education; Music & Entertainment Learning Experience; Occupational & Environmental Safety Management; Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology; Sheet Metal & Plastics Technology; Welding Technology; and more. Tuition per credit hour: $97 for Hawaii residents; $280-492 for nonresidents.
  • Kapiolani Community College | CE (Diamond Head, Honolulu) – Certificate and associate’s degree programs, including: Culinary Arts, Dental Assisting, Educational Interpreter, Emergency Medical Technician, Exercise & Sport Science, Hotel & Restaurant Operations, Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Paralegal, Radiologic Technologist, Respiratory Care Practitioner, Travel & Tourism, and more. Tuition per credit hour: $97 for Hawaii residents; $280-492 for nonresidents.
  • Kauai Community College | CE (Lihue, Kauai) – Certificate and associate’s degree programs, including: Associate/Practical Nursing, Auto Body Repair & Painting, Automotive Mechanics Technology, Carpentry Technology, Digital Media Arts, Electrical Installation & Maintenance Technology, Facilities Engineering Technology, Hospitality & Tourism, Nursing, and more. Tuition per credit hour: $97 for Hawaii residents; $280-492 for nonresidents.
  • Leeward Community College | CE (Pearl City, Oahu) – Certificate and associate’s degree programs, including: Automotive Mechanics Technology, Business Technology, Digital Media Production, Information & Computer Sciences, Management, Nursing, Substance Abuse Counseling, Television Production, and more. Tuition per credit hour: $97 for Hawaii residents; $280-492 for nonresidents.
  • Windward Community College | CE (Kaneohe, Oahu) – Certificate and associate’s degree programs, including: Agricultural Technology, Applied Business & Information Technology, BioResources & Technology, Certified Nurse’s Aide, Plant Landscaping, Subtropical Urban Tree Care, Veterinary Assisting, and more. Tuition per credit hour: $97 for Hawaii residents; $280-492 for nonresidents.

UH Education Centers

In addition to UH’s main campuses, there are 9 smaller UH Education Centers, which offer a limited number of degree and certificate programs via distance-learning methods (Internet, two-way video, cable television, and occasional in-person meetings):

  • UH Center West Hawaii (Kealakekua, Big Island)
  • UH Center Maui (Kahului & Kihei, Maui)
  • UH Center Kauai (Lihue, Kauai)
  • Hana Education Center (Hana, Maui)
  • Lahaina Education Center (Lahaina, Maui)
  • Lana’i Education Center (Lana’i City, Lanai)
  • Molokai Education Center (Kaunakakai, Molokai)
  • North Hawaii Education & Research Center (Honoka’a, Big Island)
  • Waianae Education Center (Waianae, Oahu)

Private Colleges, Universities & Vocational Schools In Hawaii

If you decide to attend a private post-secondary school instead of the UH system, you’ll still have plenty of options to choose from. Before you enroll in a private colleges or university, make sure it’s accredited by an accrediting agency that’s recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Otherwise, you’ll graduate with a degree that prospective employers might consider invalid.

If you’re interested in attending a vocational school, ask if it’s licensed by the state of Hawaii (either by the DOE or the DDCA — the Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs). Most vocational schools prepare students to sit for a state licensing or state certification exam in a certain trade. If you are interested in sitting for a national licensing/certification exam, you may need to complete coursework beyond what the vocational school’s program offers. Check with the school to find out if their program leads to state licensing/certification or national licensing/certification. Some schools offer programs that satisfy requirements for both.

NOTE: Most of the tuitions listed below do not include room & board or any other expenses (like books, lab fees, registration fees, taxes, etc.).

| Multiple Courses of Study | Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine | Aviation |
| Commercial Drivers License & Heavy Equipment Training | Computers & Information Technology |
| Construction & Maintenance | Cosmetology | Health Care & Emergency Training |
| Maritime Training | Massage Therapy | Real Estate | Religious & Ministry Education | Other |

Multiple Courses of Study

  • Argosy University Hawaii (Downtown Honolulu, Oahu; Hilo, Big Island; Maui) – Offers certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree programs, including: Liberal Arts, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Counselor Education, Marriage & Family Therapy, Education, Business, and Health Sciences. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC). Tuition: $415-1,140 per credit hour, depending on field of study, degree, and session.
  • Brigham Young University Hawaii (Laie, Oahu) – Offers certificate, associate’s, and bachelor’s degree programs, including Business Management, Elementary & Secondary Education, Exercise & Sport Science, Hawaiian Studies, Hospitality & Tourism Management, International Cultural Studies, Pacific Island Studies, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and more. Affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). WASC-accredited. Tuition for 2 semesters: $13,350 for non-LDS students, $4,450 for LDS students.
  • Chaminade University (Kaimuki, Honolulu) – Offers certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs, including: Behavioral Sciences, Counseling Psychology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Education, Forensic Sciences, Interior Design, International Studies, Not-For-Profit/Public Sector MBA, Nursing, Religious Studies, and more. Affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. WASC-accredited. Annual tuition for undergraduates: $22,750 for nursing majors, $18,300 for all other majors. (Significant discounts given to freshman and transfer students with high grade point averages.) Annual tuition for graduate students: $14,400.
  • Hawaii Pacific University (Downtown Honolulu) – Offers certificate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs, including: Communication, Computer Information Systems, Diplomacy & Military Studies, Education, Global Leadership & Sustainable Development, Human Resource Development/Management, Marine Biology/Science, Nursing, Social Work, TESOL, and more. WASC-accredited. Annual tuition: $16,510 for undergraduates, $13,230 for graduate students. Some degree programs have higher tuition: $19,400 for Marine & Environmental Science undergrad programs, $18,540 for Marine Science grad program, $24,070 for juniors & seniors in Nursing program, and $13,410 for MBA program.
  • Heald College Honolulu (Ala Moana, Honolulu) – Offers certificate and associate’s degree programs in Pharmacy Technology, Construction Management, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism, Criminal Justice, and more. WASC-accredited. Tuition for entire degree/certificate program: $7,475-33,660, depending on the program of study.
  • Honolulu University (Online; Makiki, Honolulu) – Offers online Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D degree programs, including: Business, Communication, Education, Health Sciences, Human Development, Psychology, Religion, Social Science, and more. NOTE: This university is not accredited by any agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Hawaii Job Corps (Waimanalo, Oahu) and Maui Job Corps (Makawao, Maui) – Offers free educational programs for low-income youth ages 16-24, including a GED/high school diploma program, basic math and reading classes, and training in independent living, social skills, and employability skills. Also offers vocational training in automotive repair, business technology, culinary arts, facilities maintenance, health occupations, certified nursing assistant, horticulture worker, and painting. Free housing, meals, medical care, and child care provided. Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Remington College Honolulu (Downtown Honolulu) – Offers certificate, associate’s, and bachelor’s degree programs in Clinical Medical Assisting, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, International Business, Massage Therapy, and Organizational Management. Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC).
  • University of Oklahoma Outreach (Hickam Air Force Base, Oahu) – Offers Master’s degree programs in Economics and International Relations. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Tuition: $760.05 per credit hour. Tuition assistance available for military members and their spouses.
  • University of Phoenix: Hawaii (Downtown Honolulu; Kapolei, and Mililani, Oahu; Online) – Offers certificate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs, including: Accounting, Business, Communication, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Administration, Human Services, Information Technology, Management, Nursing, Psychology, and more. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools. Tuition per credit: $380-795, depending on the course of study. Military discounts available.
  • Wayland Baptist University: Hawaii Campus (Mililani, Oahu; Online) – Offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs, including: Business Adminstration, Career & Technology Education, Christian Ministry, Counseling, Justice Administration, Management, Occupational Education, and more. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Affiliated with the Southern Baptist Church. Tuition per semester hour: $231 for undergraduate courses ($307 for online undergraduate courses), $269 for graduate courses ($359 for online graduate courses).
  • Western Governors College (Online) – Offers online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the fields of education, business, information technology, and nursing. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition per 6-month term: $4, 250 for pre-licensure Nursing program; $3,250 for post-licensure Nursing programs; $3,250 for MBA programs; $2,890 for all other degree programs.

Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

  • Institute of Clinical Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (Chinatown, Honolulu) – Offers a 3,240-hour Master of Science In Oriental Medicine program, which qualifies graduates to sit for the state licensing exam and national board exam of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Licensed by the Hawaii DCCA. Tuition per credit: $270 for full-time students, $300 for part-time students.
  • Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii (Kamuela, Big Island) – Offers a 3.7-year Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program, which qualifies graduates to sit for the state licensing exam and national NCCAOM exam. ACAOM-accredited. Annual tuition: $15,000 (approximately).
  • World Medicine Institute (Aina Haina and Moili’ili, Honolulu) – Offers a 3,120-hour master’s degree program in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, which can be completed in 3 or 4 years and qualifies graduates to sit for the state licensing exam and national NCCAOM exam. ACAOM-accredited. Annual tuition: $9,900.

Aviation

  • Anderson Aviation (Honolulu Airport) – Offers Professional Pilot certification programs. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 141-certified flight school.
  • Galvin Flight Services Hawaii (Kalaeloa Airport, Oahu) – Offers certification and associate’s degree programs in Commercial Aviation, in partnership with Honolulu Community College. FAA Part 141-certified flight school. Tuition per credit hour: $97 for Hawaii residents; $280-492 for nonresidents. Cost of equipment, books, fees, license, etc. for the 5-semester associate’s degree program: $50,000 – $55,000 (approximately).
  • Hawaii Flight Academy (Kona Airport and Hilo Airport, Big Island) – Offers Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot certification programs. FAA Part 141-certified flight school. Costs: $55/hour for flight instructor, $65/hour for Level III flight simulator (with instructor), $139-179/hour for plane rental.
  • Mauna Loa Helicopters (Kona Airport, Big Island; Lihue Airport, Kauai; Honolulu Airport, Oahu) – Offers Private Pilot and Professional Pilot certification programs. ACCSC-accredited. FAA Part 141-certified flight school. Tuition for entire program: $18,650 for Private Pilot program; $71,315-81,765 for Professional Pilot program.
  • Moore Air (Honolulu Airport) – Offers Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, and Certified Flight Instructor certification programs. FAA Part 141-certified flight school.

Commercial Drivers License & Heavy Equipment Training

  • H2K Driver Training Services (Hilo, Big Island) – Offers a Commercial Driver’s License program, as well as forklift and heavy equipment training. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.
  • LHS VTAC: Lifting & Handling Specialist Vocational Training & Certification (Kapolei, Oahu) – Offers Crane Operator, Rigger, Signal Person, and Lift Director certification programs.
  • Professional Driving Academy (Kalaeloa, Oahu) – Offers Commercial Driver’s License and Heavy Equipment Operator training programs. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE. Tuition: From $45 for Forklift Operator Evaluation to $3,280 for Commercial Driver’s License Class A (tractor-trailer) program.
  • R&E Trucking (Hilo, Big Island) – Offers a Commercial Driver’s License Class A training program ($2,700). Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.

Computers & Information Technology

  • Applied Computer Training & Technology (Aiea, Oahu) – Offers IT training, including Cisco, CompTIA,  Microsoft, and Network Security certification programs. Also offers training in basic computer skills and Microsoft Office. School is SBA Certified 8(a) and is licensed by the Hawaii DOE.
  • Hawaii Computer Training & Solutions (Ala Moana, Honolulu) – Formerly New Horizons Computer Learning Centers Honolulu. Offers a wide variety of IT certification programs and computer training courses. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.
  • Hawaii Technology Institute (Kaka’ako, Honolulu) – Offers certificate programs in Office Technology (ACCSC-accredited),  Medical Assisting (ACCSC-accredited), Pharmacy Technician, Microsoft Office Specialist Certification, Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist Certification, and Health Information Technology (medical billing & coding) Certificate. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.

Construction & Maintenance

  • Associated Builders & Contractors (Kalihi, Honolulu) – Offers Carpentry, Electrical, Painting, Plumbing, Roofing, and Sheetmetal apprenticeship programs.
  • Boilermakers Union Local 204 (Kalihi, Honolulu) – Offers a Boilermaker apprenticeship program. Call (808) 848-7744 for more info.
  • Building Industry Association of Hawaii (Waipahu, Oahu) – Offers a Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training program, a Master Certified Green Professional program, and other continuing education classes through its Construction Training Center of the Pacific.
  • City & County of Honolulu (Oahu) – Offers Carpenter, Electrician, Mason, Mechanic, Painter, Pipefitter, Plumber, Water Systems Operator, and Welder apprenticeship programs. Call (808) 768-8536 for more info.
  • Color Dynamics (Kalihi, Honolulu) – Offers a Painter apprenticeship program. Call (808) 848-7000 for more info.
  • Floorlayers Local 1926 (Kalihi, Honolulu) – Offers Floor Layer apprenticeship program. Call (808) 942-3988 for more info.
  • Glaziers Local 1889 (Kalihi, Honolulu) – Offers Glazier apprenticeship program. Call (808) 842-1214 for more info.
  • H2K Driver Training Services (Hilo, Big Island) – Offers a Commercial Driver’s License program, as well as forklift and heavy equipment training. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.
  • Hawaii Carpenters Union (Oahu, Big Island, Maui & Kaui) – Offers Carpentry and Drywall apprenticeship programs.
  • Hawaii Electrical Workers – Offers an Electrical Wireperson apprenticeship program. Call (808) 845-1986 for more info.
  • Hawaii Electricians Local 1186 – Offers Cable TV Service Installer, Service Technician, Maintenance Technician, and Construction Lineperson apprenticeship programs with Oceanic Time Warner Cable. Call (808) 625-2100 for more info.
  • Hawaii Electricians Training Fund (Oahu, Big Island, Maui & Kauai) – Offers an Inside Wireperson (Electrician) apprenticeship program, a CATV/Telecom apprenticeship program, and individual safety/skill training courses.
  • Hawaii Hotel & Restaurant Industry Employment & Training Trust (Diamond Head, Honolulu) – Offers a Building Maintenance apprenticeship program.
  • Hawaii JATC for the Sheet Metal Industry (Kalihi, Honolulu) – Offers a Sheet Metal Worker apprenticeship program. Call (808) 841-6106 for more info.
  • Hawaii Masons Union – Offers Bricklayer-Mason, Cement Finisher, Plasterer, Pointer-Caulker-Weatherproofer, Stone Mason, and Tile Setter apprenticeship programs. Call (808) 845-5949 for more info.
  • Hawaii Shopmen’s Local 803 – Offers Ironworker Shop Fabricator/Welder apprenticeship program. Call (808) 671-4344 for more info.
  • Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (Pu’unene, Maui) – Offers General Mechanic (Factory), I.C.E. Mechanic (Internal Combustion Engine), Plumber, Carpenter, Electrician, Machinist, Welder, Millwright (Mechanic/Welder/Machinist), Power Plant Operator/Mechanic, Sugar Boiler/Mechanic, Electrical Control Technician, Mechanical Drafter, Non-Destructive Testing Technician, Instrument Technician, and Instrument & Electrical Drafter apprenticeship programs. Call (808) 877-6909 for more info.
  • Hawaiian Electric Company (Oahu) – Offers Electrician, Lineman, and Mechanic apprenticeship programs. Call (808) 543-4653 for more info.
  • Hawaiian Electric Light Company (Big Island) – Offers Electrician and Lineman apprenticeship programs. Call  (808) 935-1171 or (808) 969-0277 for more info.
  • International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers – Offers a Heat & Frost Asbestos Insulator apprenticeship program. Call (808) 521-6405 for more info.
  • International Union of Elevator Constructors – Offers an Elevator Constructor apprenticeship program.
  • Ironworkers Local 625 – Offers Ironworker (Reinforcing) and Ironworker (Structural) apprenticeship progams. Call (808) 671-8225 for more info.
  • Kauai Coffee Company (Kalaheo, Kauai) – Offers Electrician, Mechanic, Machinist, Millwright, and Welder apprenticeship programs. Call (808) 335-5548 for more info.
  • Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (Kauai) – Offers Electrician, Lineman, and Power Plant Maintenance Worker apprenticeship programs. Call (808) 246-8245 for more info.
  • Kawika’s Painting (Oahu, Big Island & Maui) – Offers a Painter apprenticeship program. Call (808) 848-0003 for more info.
  • Laborers’ Union Local 368 (Pearl City, Oahu) – Offers a Construction Craft Laborer apprenticeship program. Call (808) 455-7979 for more info.
  • LHS VTAC: Lifting & Handling Specialist Vocational Training & Certification (Kapolei, Oahu) – Offers certification training to become a Crane Operator, Rigger, Signal Person, and Lift Director.
  • Maui Electric Company (Maui) – Offers Electrician, Lineman, Mechanic, and Troubleman apprenticeship programs. Call (808) 871-2321 for more info.
  • Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 (Kahuku, Oahu) – Offers Heavy Equipment Operator and Heavy-Duty Repair Mechanic apprenticeship programs. Call (808) 232-2001 for more info.
  • Painters Local 1791 (Kalihi, Honolulu) – Offers Painter apprenticeship program. Call (808) 947-6606 for more info.
  • Professional Driving Academy (Kalaeloa, Oahu) – Offers Commercial Driver’s License and Heavy Equipment Operator training programs. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE. Tuition: From $45 for Forklift Operator Evaluation to $3,280 for Commercial Driver’s License Class A (tractor-trailer) program.
  • Solar Training Institute Hawaii (Kapalama, Honolulu; Wailuku, Maui) – Offers certificate programs in Photovoltaic Design & Installation ($1,995) and Solar Thermal Design & Installation ($1,995).
  • Tapers Local Union 1944 – Offers a Taper apprenticeship program. Call (808) 946-6621 for more info.
  • United Association Local Union 675 (Kalihi, Honolulu; Pearl City, Oahu) – Offers Plumber, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Fire Sprinkler Fitter, and Steamfitter/Welder apprenticeship programs. Call (808) 456-0585 for more info.
  • United Union of Roofers, Local 221 – Offers a Roofer apprenticeship program. Call (808) 847-5757 for more info.

Cosmetology

  • Ampy’s Institute of Advanced Aesthetics (Ala Moana, Honolulu) – Offers a 600-hour Undergraduate Aesthetician state-licensing program ($6,300) and continuing education classes. Licensed by the Hawaii DCCA.
  • Hawaii Institute of Hair Design (Nu’uanu, Honolulu) – Offers 1,500-hour barber/hairstylist state-licensing program ($12,923). ACCSC-accredited. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.
  • Honolulu Nail Academy (Waikiki, Honolulu)  – Offers a 350-hour Nail Technician state-licensing program ($3,235). Licensed by the Hawaii DCCA.
  • Makana Esthetics Wellness Academy (Ala Moana, Honolulu) – Offers a 600-hour Core Esthetics (aesthetician) state-licensing program ($8,000). Licensed by the Hawaii DCCA.
  • Paul Brown Institute (Downtown Honolulu) – Offers a Cosmetology state-licensing program ($24,000, including books, supplies & fees) that is administered by Remington College Honolulu. Licensed by the Hawaii DCCA.
  • Paul Mitchell The School Honolulu (Kaimuki, Honolulu) – Formerly Ulupono Academy. Offers a Cosmetology state-licensing program ($18,150) and continuing education classes. Accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences. Licensed by the Hawaii DCCA.
  • Spa Luna Holistic School (Kula, Maui) – Offers a 600-hour Aesthetician state-licensing program ($6,750). Licensed by the Hawaii DCCA.

Health Care & Emergency Training

  • American Red Cross: Hawaii State Chapter (Diamond Head, Honolulu; Hilo, Big Island; Kailua-Kona, Big Island; Wailuku, Maui; Lihue, Kauai) – Offers a 130-hour Certified Nurse Assistant program ($1,250) and a 30-hour Lifeguard training program ($350).
  • Caregiver Training School (Kalihi, Honolulu) – Offers certificate programs in Medical Billing & Coding ($1,599), Pharmacy Technician ($1,999), Dental Assistant ($1,999), Certified Nursing Assistant ($799), Phlebotomy Technician, Patient Care Technician, and more. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.
  • Hawaii Institute of Healthcare & Training Services (Hilo and Kailua-Kona, Big Island) – Offers certificate programs in Medical Billing ($775), Phlebotomy ($575), Medical Administrative Assistant ($855), and Certified Nurse Assistant ($1,200).
  • Hawaii Medical Institute (Ala Moana, Honolulu) – Offers certificate programs in Medical Billing & Coding ($12,000), Clinical Medical Assistant ($12,500), and Pharmacy Technician ($12,000). Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.
  • Hawaii Technology Institute (Kaka’ako, Honolulu) – Offers certificate programs in Office Technology (ACCSC-accredited),  Medical Assisting (ACCSC-accredited), Pharmacy Technician, Microsoft Office Specialist Certification, Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist Certification,  and Health Information Technology (medical billing & coding) Certificate. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.
  • Hawaii Trans-Pac Marine (Wailuku, Maui) – Offers Survival Craft (Lifeboat), Fast Rescue Boat, Advanced Deck, Able Seamen, and STCW Basic Safety Training courses. U.S. Coast Guard-approved school.
  • Med-Assist School of Hawaii (Downtown Honolulu) – Offers certificate programs in Medical Assisting ($12,125) and Professional Medical Coding ($12,125). Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.

Maritime Training

  • Hawaii Trans-Pac Marine (Wailuku, Maui) – Offers Survival Craft (Lifeboat), Fast Rescue Boat, Advanced Deck, Able Seamen, and STCW Basic Safety Training courses. U.S. Coast Guard-approved school.
  • Mariner’s Learning System (Online) – Offers online Captain’s License courses. U.S. Coast Guard-approved school.
  • Maritime License Center (Kailua-Kona, Big Island; Aloha Tower, Honolulu; Lahaina, Maui; Kauai; Molokai; Lana’i) – Offers a wide range of Deck License and Engineer License courses. U.S. Coast Guard-approved school. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE. Tuition: From $98 for a First Aid/CPR course to $1,795 for a Celestial Navigation course.

Massage Therapy

  • Aisen Shiatsu School (Makiki, Honolulu) – Offers a 200-hour Shiatsu Therapy program ($4,700, including lab fees and books). Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.
  • Aloha Massage Academy (Kainaliu, Big Island) – Offers a 570-hour state-licensing program ($2,120) and a 660-hour national-licensing program in Massage Therapy. National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)-assigned school.
  • Aloha School of Massage Therapy (Kahului, Maui) – Offers a 600-hour Massage Therapapy licensing program ($4,300, including books). Part-time (7-month) program starts every July. Full-time (12-month) program starts every January and July. NCBTMB-assigned school. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.
  • Big Island Academy of Massage (Hilo, Big Island) – Offers a 570-hour Massage Therapy state-licensing program, which takes 8-12 months to complete. Tuition: $4,875 (15% discount if paid 30-60 days in advance; 25% discount if paid 90 days in advance).
  • Elite Massage Academy (Aloha Tower Marketplace, Honolulu) – Offers a 620-hour Massage Therapy state-licensing program ($5,560), which can be completed in 8 months. Licensed by the Hawaii DCCA.
  • Hawaii Healing Arts College (Kailua, Oahu) – Offers a 600-hour Massage Therapy state-licensing and national-certification program ($6,600) and a 200-hour Clinical Massage Therapy Post-Graduate Program ($3,300). NCBTMB-assigned school. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE and DCCA.
  • Hawaii Massage Academy (McCully, Honolulu) – Offers a Massage Therapy state-licensing program ($1,995) and an Aesthetician state-licensing program ($3,000). NCBTMB-assigned school. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE and DCCA.
  • Hawaii School of Professional Massage (Aiea, Oahu) – Offers a 594-hour Massage Therapy state-licensing program ($2,100). Licensed by the Hawaii DOE and DCCA.
  • HEISEI International Institute of Massage (Kapalama, Honolulu) – Offers a Massage Therapy state-licensing and national-certification program ($6,500). NCBTMB-assigned school. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.
  • Hokulani Massage Academy (Kamuela, Big Island) – Offers a Massage Therapy state-licensing program ($3,000). Licensed by the Hawaii DCCA.
  • Kona Hawaii’s School of Muscular Massage (Kailua-Kona, Big Island) – Offers a Massage Therapy state-licensing and national-certification program. NCBTMB-assigned school. Licensed by the Hawaii DCCA.
  • Maui Academy of Healing Arts (Kihei, Maui) – Offers a 600-hour Massage Therapy state-licensing program ($5,148). NCBTMB-assigned school. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.
  • Maui School of Therapeutic Massage (Makawao, Maui) – Offers a 650-hour Massage Therapy state-licensing and national-certification program ($5,500) that begins every March and September and can be completed in 7 months (full-time) or 12 months (part-time). Also offers a 150-hour Advanced Massage Therapy Certification program ($2,400) and a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program ($2,350). NCBTMB-assigned school. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE and DCCA.
  • Pacific Center for Awareness & Bodywork (Kapa’a, Kauai) – Offers a 700-hour Massage Therapy state-licensing program that takes 6 months to complete. NCBTMB-assigned school. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE. Tuition: $7,250 ($6,750 if paid 1 month in advance).

Real Estate

  • Abe Lee Seminars (Online; Ala Moana, Honolulu; Aiea, Oahu) – Offers a Real Estate Salesperson state-licensing program ($425-450). Approved by the Hawaii Real Estate Commission.
  • Akahi Real Estate Network (Online; Hilo & Kailua-Kona, Big Island) – Offers a Real Estate Salesperson ($600) and Broker ($1,050) state-licensing program. Approved by the Hawaii Real Estate Commission. Licensed by the Hawaii DCCA.
  • All Islands Real Estate School (Online; Aloha Tower, Honolulu; Waikele & Kailua, Oahu; Lihue, Kauai; Kailua-Kona, Big Island) – Offers a Real Estate Salesperson state-licensing program ($600). Approved by the Hawaii Real Estate Commission.
  • Carol Ball School of Real Estate (Kahului, Maui) – Offers a Real Estate Salesperson state-licensing program ($854). Register for the course through Maui College’s Continuing Education department. Approved by the Hawaii Real Estate Commission.
  • Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties University (Kahala, Ala Moana & Waikiki, Honolulu; Aiea & Kailua, Oahu) – Offers a 6-month training program in sales and marketing techniques for real estate agents/brokers who are newly licensed or want to improve their skills.
  • Dower School of Real Estate (Kaimuki, Honolulu) – Offers a Real Estate Salesperson ($450) and Broker ($1,075) state-licensing program. Approved by the Hawaii Real Estate Commission.
  • Fahrni School of Real Estate (Aiea, Oahu) – Offers Real Estate Salesperson state-licensing program ($399). Approved by the Hawaii Real Estate Commission.
  • Hawaii Institute of Real Estate (Ala Moana, Honolulu) – Offers a Real Estate Salesperson ($450) and Broker ($975) state-licensing program. Approved by the Hawaii Real Estate Commission.
  • ProSchools (Online) – Offers an online Real Estate Salesperson state-licensing program ($399). Approved by the Hawaii Real Estate Commission.
  • Ralph Foulger’s School of Real Estate (Kaneohe, Oahu; Kahului, Maui; Lihue, Kauai) – Offers a Real Estate Salesperson ($450) and Broker ($795) state-licensing program. Approved by the Hawaii Real Estate Commission.
  • REMI School (Online) – Offers an online Real Estate Salesperson ($349) and Broker ($795) state-licensing program. Approved by the Hawaii Real Estate Commission.
  • Seiler School of Real Estate (Online; Kahului, Maui) – Offers a Real Estate Salesperson ($465) and Broker ($780) state-licensing program. Approved by the Hawaii Real Estate Commission.
  • Vitousek Real Estate School (Online; Kalihi, Honolulu) – Offers a Real Estate Salesperson ($450) and Broker ($649-799) state-licensing program. Approved by the Hawaii Real Estate Commission.

Religious & Ministry Education

  • New Hope Christian College Hawaii (Sand Island, Honolulu) – Formerly Pacific Rim Christian College. Offers certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs in the Bible, Christian Ministry, Ministry Leadership, and Creative Arts. Accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Tuition per semester hour: $295 for undergraduate students, $395 for graduate students.
  • Pacific Health Ministry (Makiki, Honolulu) – Offers Clinical Pastoral Education programs and a Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education program. Accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.
  • University of the Nations Kona (Kailua-Kona, Big Island) – Offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs, including: Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries, Church Ministries, Community Development/Technology, Ethnolinguistics & Cultural Studies, Environment & Resource Stewardship, International Health, Missions, and more. NOTE: This university is not accredited by any agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Affiliated with Youth With A Mission, a Christian organization.
  • Wayland Baptist University: Hawaii Campus (Mililani, Oahu; Online) – Offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs, including: Business Adminstration, Career & Technology Education, Christian Ministry, Counseling, Justice Administration, Management, Occupational Education, and more. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Affiliated with the Southern Baptist Church. Tuition per semester hour: $231 for undergraduate courses ($307 for online undergraduate courses), $269 for graduate courses ($359 for online graduate courses).

Other

  • Andrews International (Aiea, Oahu) – Offers a Guard/Security apprenticeship program. Call for more info.
  • Babel University Professional School of Translation (Online, Honolulu) – Offers an online Master of Science in Translation program ($19,000). Majors include Literary Arts & Film Translation, Business & Management Translation, Technical & Scientific Translation, and International Paralegal. Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education & Training Council (DETC).
  • Center for Asia-Pacific Exchange (Manoa, Honolulu) – Offers workshops and seminars in American Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies, English-language instruction, Leadership & Management, and more. Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training. Tuition: From $300 for a 1-week seminar on American Studies to $1,150 for a 4-week TESOL course.
  • Hawaii Hotel & Restaurant Industry Employment & Training Trust (Diamond Head, Honolulu) – Offers Building Maintenance and Dinner/Pastry Cook apprenticeship programs.
  • Hawaii Tokai International College (Moili’ili, Honolulu) – Offers an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and a College Prep program for international students with limited-English proficiency. WASC-accredited. Annual tuition (3 terms: fall, winter, and spring): $10,050. Significant discounts (50-75%) available for U.S. citizens/legal residents with high school/college transfer GPAs of 3.5 or higher who are applying to the Liberal Arts program.
  • Jack’s Diving Locker (Kailua-Kona, Big Island) – Offers SCUBA diving certification courses for those interested in working as professional SCUBA diving leaders or instructors.
  • Japan-America Institute of Management Science (Hawaii Kai, Honolulu) – Offers an East-West Knowledge Leaders certificate program ($8,000) and a Japan-Focused MBA program ($32,565) in partnership with Shidler School of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
  • Lanakila Workforce Resources (Nu’uanu, Honolulu) – Offers job training to adults “with cognitive, physical, social or age-related challenges.” Training programs include cashiering, clerical work, custodial service, food service & bottling, grounds maintenance, imprinting,  production/assembly, and silk screening/embroidery. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.
  • Kauai Head Start – Offers a Child Development Specialist apprenticeship program. Call (808) 240-2817 for more info.
  • Kona University (Online; Kailua-Kona, Big Island) – Offers an online Transpersonal Psychology master’s degree program ($13,915), an NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) Practitioner Certificate program ($1,170), and an NLP Trainer Certificate program ($2,325). NOTE: These Master’s degree and certificate programs have “not been designed to meet any particular state, national, or international licensing or credentialing laws and may not include some of the mandatory courses in its curriculum which may be required by specific licensing agencies.” DETC-accredited.
  • Maui Economic Development Board – Offers a Computer Operator apprenticeship program. Call for more info.
  • Newman Consulting Services (Ala Moana, Honolulu) – Offers a 220-hour Career Education Business Program that includes courses in Business Communications, Customer Service, Decision Making & Problem Solving, Time Management, Keyboarding, Accounting, and Microsoft Office. No high school diploma or GED is required to enroll. Special accomodations are available for deaf students. Licensed by the Hawaii DOE.
  • Pilates Hawaii Training Center (Kailua, Oahu) – Offers a Stott Pilates Certified Instructor program.
  • Pilates Maui (Kihei, Maui) – Offers Stott Pilates certification courses in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese. Tuition per course: From $275 for an Advanced Mat course to $2,000 for an Intensive Reformer course. Licensed by the Hawaii DCCA.
  • Tamura Superette (Waianae, Oahu) – Offers a Meat Cutter apprenticeship program. Call (808) 696-3321 for more info.
  • Travel Institute of the Pacific (Makiki, Honolulu) – Offers certificate programs in Gros Bonnet Culinary Arts ($18,201), Patisserie Gros Bonnet ($14,458), Airline/Travel Agency Management ($4,800), Hotel Management ($4,800), and Visitor Industry Management ($8,694). ACCSC-accredited.