Hawaii Assisted Living

SeniorLiving FAQ


By David Besnette

In this research guide you will learn how to get a COMPLETE, non-commercial, Statewide list of Assisted Living & Senior Living Facilities Provided by the State of Hawaii.

In recent years, the State of Hawaii has really upped the usability and quality of data and offerings relative to assisted living and long-term care research in Hawaii through their State-run public websites.

We’ll highlight the best, non-commercial ways that you can research Senior Living options throughout the State of Hawaii.

In This Article You Will Learn:

  • How to find Assisted Living / Long-Term Care options Statewide in Hawaii using the State’s Office of Health Care Assurance website and database.
  • Inspections Reports for Long-Term Care Facilities Including:  
    • Adult Residential Care Homes (ARCH) and Expanded Adult Residential Care Homes (E-ARCH)
    • Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)
    • Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF)
    • Nursing Facilities (NF)
    • Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)
  • How to view Assisted Living Regulations for Hawaii

How to find Assisted Living Care in Hawaii

The State’s Office of Health Care Assurance, which has undergone an impressive website upgrade in the past few years, offers a very easy-to-use section on finding licensed Assisted Living in Hawaii.

At this time, their site looks like this:

State Licensing Section

You’ll notice that they have a section for Assisted Living Facilities in Hawaii.   

Hawaii’s Safest Facilities

Safe Facilities

The list comes in a .pdf format that you can save, print or download.   The information provided is somewhat basic, but gives you some important initial data that may be useful to you as you filter out your choices (based on size, location etc.)

Hawaii Facilities List

You can take the name of each facility on the list, and identify (from the list) which island it is located on (Oahu, Maui, Kihei, Kauai, Hawaii).  From there, what I like to do is to then enter the name of the facility into google maps.   This way, you access even more information about the facility, including google reviews, a map, the facility’s URL, and more – all the while bypassing questionable websites with ad-heavy formats.

Here is an example of the robust facility presentation available through a google maps search:

Plaza at Waikiki


How to view Healthcare Facility (Assisted Living) Inspections Reports in Hawaii

The Office of Health Care Assurance also provides a newly-revamped section where you can reviews Facility Inspections Reports for: 

  • Adult Day Health
  • Adult Day Care Center (ADCC)
  • Community Care Foster Family Homes (CCFFH)
  • Developmental Disabilities Domiciliary Homes (DDDH)
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID)
  • Long-term care facilities as defined in HRS §349-21(f), including:
    • Adult Residential Care Homes (ARCH) and Expanded Adult Residential Care Homes (E-ARCH)
    • Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)
    • Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF)
    • Nursing Facilities (NF)
    • Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)
  • Special Treatment Facilities (STF)

Each has it’s own acronym. 

The site (at the time of this writing) looks like this:

Hawaii Inspections

You can access the Facility Inspections Reports page here.

As you go down the page, you’ll see that there is a very interactive, user-friendly interface for searching for, and viewing inspections reports.  

You can enter the name of the facility into the search bar at the top, or simply filter your results with the other columns.  

For this example, I’ll use “The Plaza at Waikiki” and enter that into the search bar.  I actually just entered the word ‘plaza’ and it came up.

Hawaii Inspections for Plaza

You can see, that for the facility I’m interested in, there are inspections reports from 2016.  Clicking on that link,  you’ll be able to view the inspections reports relevant to that year for the facility.


This is page one of many pages for this particular report.  Often times, reports are labeled as “Statement of Deficiencies and Plan of Correction.”

How To View Assisted Living Regulations for Hawaii

Very simply, the State of Hawaii’s Department of Health provides a .pdf document outlining the State’s Assisted Living Rules and Regulations free to the public.

Hawaii Rules and Regulations

The document, as outlined in the table of contents provides a detailed overview of:

  • Purpose
  • Definitions
  • Licensing
  • Minimum Building and Structural requirements
  • Emergency Care and disaster planning
  • General Policies, practices and administration
  • Inservice education
  • Range of services
  • Records and reports
  • Admission and discharge requirement
  • Severability

The official definition for Assisted Living for the State of Hawaii is as follows (from their Rules and Regulations):

Hawaii Assisted Living Definition

It is, in my view, important to understand the official definitions for Senior Care terms such as Assisted Living, since, as Assisted Living is regulated on a state-level, definitions can vary widely depending on what state you are researching in.

You can obtain the latest copy of the rules and regulations for assisted living facilities in Hawaii here.


Hawaii Residents:


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