Becoming an LPN in Hawaii

The state of Hawaii strives to protect the welfare of the public while also making sure that every healthcare provider is trained and licensed. This ensures the competency of healthcare workers, allowing them to provide safe, quality service for the entire state. Since the Bureau of Labor Statistic is predicting an increase of 9% for LPN jobs per year for Hawaii by 2024, individuals are encouraged to meet state-requirements and apply for licensing.

  • LPN Programs in Hawaii

    Hawaii Community College
    200 W Kawili St, Hilo, HI 96720
    (808) 934-2500 Visit Homepage
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    Kapiolani Community College
    4303 Diamond Head Rd, Honolulu, HI 96816
    (808) 734-9000 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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  • Hawaii LPN Licensing Requirements

    In the state of Hawaii, an LPN may be a physically demanding job, requiring physical strength and endurance to complete day-to-day job functions. To become an LPN, hopefuls are required to complete a nursing program that has been approved by the state. Once complete, the new graduate must take the state-required exam for all LPNs—the NCLEX.

    Hawaii Applications and Forms (

    In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:

    • Official transcript must be sent directly from state-approved nursing program, as well as an official letter regarding the applicant’s successful completion.
    • Proof of social security number.

    LPNs from other 50 states can apply for a Hawaii by completing the appropriate form to license by endorsement, and submitting:

    • Proof of passing the NCLEX or SBTPE.
    • Official transcript of state-approved nursing program.
    • Verification of licensure in another state.
    • Proof of social security number.
    • A full course-by-course review is required for foreign applicants and must be submitted by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).

    Hawaii LPN licenses expire June 30th every odd-numbered year.

    Additional HI Nursing Resources

    Hawaii Board of Nursing

    King Kalakaua Building
    335 Merchant Street, 3rd Floor
    Honolulu, HI 96813
    Phone: (808) 586-3000
    Fax: (808) 586-2689

    1. Hawaii Nurses Association (

  • LPN Salary: Hawaii vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015

    Hawaii LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook

    In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of Hawaii was $46,400—more than the national median income of $43,200 for LPNs. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Hawaii ( published by, state and national trends predict a 9% increase in LPN jobs in Hawaii by 2024; about 7% lower than national average. This prediction translates to approximately 50 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (

    Hawaii Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Hawaii. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Urban Honolulu760$23.35$48,570
    Kahului, Wailuku, Lahaina140$21.35$44,410