LPN Programs in Hawaii

Last Updated/Verified: Jan 1, 2024

With healthcare a growing field and the demand for nurses rising, becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Hawaii is a smart move. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts an 11% increase nationwide for the career field through 2028, making it a great choice for those who want job security. With excellent job prospects and desirable salaries, going to school to become an LPN is an easy decision to make. LPNs in Hawaii earn approximately $26.79 per hour, which equates to an average annual salary of $55,730. This is roughly $130 per year less than the national average.

Details on Hawaii LPN Schools & Classes

LPN programs in Hawaii are typically found in bigger cities like Honolulu and Hilo. To become an LPN, students must enroll in one of these programs and pass the NCLEX-PN exam upon graduation. Program length depends on part-time or full-time study, but can usually be completed in 1 to 2 years from start to finish. The LPN curriculum at most Hawaii schools will include course titles similar to the following:

  • Personal Vocational Relations
  • Human Development
  • Child Health
  • Maternity Nursing


Choosing a reputable school for your LPN program is a must. Accredited schools signify quality and high academic standards. Large national organizations such as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing are excellent accrediting bodies, and schools may hold regional accreditations as well. In addition to this, the Hawaii Board of Nursing may also be able to point you in the direction of an approved LPN program.

Admission Requirements

While each school’s requirements may vary slightly, prospective students will generally need to meet the following in order to be eligible

  • TEAS test scores
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Successful completion of background/drug tests

Tuition and Costs

Total LPN program costs can differ dramatically from school to school, due to things like location, duration, and more. Overall, students will have to cover the costs of tuition, mandatory fees, and course materials (textbooks, uniforms, etc.). For example, the estimated total cost of the LPN program at Hawaii Community College is $7,240. This encompasses all expenses, including licensing fees.

For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Hawaii LPN to RN/BSN programs page.

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

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

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

NCLEX Exam Information

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-PN. This exam tests students on a wide range of nursing topics. Learn more about the NCLEX-PN exam here. In addition, students can also take the NCLEX-PN practice test to study for the real exam.

LPN Reciprocity and NLC

Hawaii does not participate in the National Licensure Compact. LPNs from the other 50 states can apply in 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).

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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Additional HI Nursing Resources

  • Hawaii Board of Nursing King Kalakaua Building 335 Merchant Street, 3rd Floor Honolulu, HI 96813 Phone: (808) 586-3000

LPN Salary in Hawaii

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 Honolulu570$27.07$56,300
Kahului, Wailuku, Lahaina120$26.13$54,350

Table data sourced from 2022 BLS (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)