Cosmetology Schools in Hawaii

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Beauty Theory School of Cosmetology

94-889 Waipahu Street
Waipahu, HI 96797

Big Island Beauty Academy

74-5599 Luhia Street F1
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Honolulu Community College

874 Dillingham Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96817

IBS School of Cosmetology and Massage – Accredited

110 East Kaahumanu Avenue Suite 201
Kahului, HI 96732

Paul Mitchell The School Honolulu

1123 Eleventh Avenue Suite 102
Honolulu, HI 96816

The Pretty Iris

1023 Pensacola Street Suite D
Honolulu, HI 96814
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You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

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How to Become a Cosmetologist in Hawaii

Hawaii Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,800 education hours or 3,600 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Hawaii is $30,970 ($14.89/hour). This is higher than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 12% job increase between 2016-2026 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.

Who doesn't want to look gorgeous, tan and healthy in the beautiful state of Hawaii?

As a cosmetologist, you can work at local spas, salons, and resorts that serve tourists and residents.

State License Requirements

1,800 Education Hours OR 3,600 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

Once your education is behind you, you can move on to the licensing process. The Hawaii Department of Professional and Vocational Licensing requires that all applicants pass two licensing tests. With your completed application, you must also submit a $20 application fee. When you have your license, you must renew it by December 31 in every odd-numbered year.

Education Details

Finding a great beauty school in Hawaii is the first step toward a license and a brand new career path. As a traditional student, you need to complete at least 1,800 hours of training at an accredited school. To stay in line with state licensing standards, each school has to cover the following topics in their curriculum.

Required Hawaii Beauty School Subjects

  • Sanitation and safety
  • Hawaii laws and statutes
  • Ethics in cosmetology
  • Hairstyling and shaping
  • Haircutting with shears, razors, and thinning shears
  • Facial care
  • Nail technology and care
  • Facial massage
  • Hair coloring and bleaching
  • Chemistry of cosmetology products
  • Business skills

Hands-on practice is at the core of cosmetology, so get ready to spend plenty of time working mannequin heads and willing volunteers. By the time you graduate, you should be confident and ready to take on clients independently.

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Hawaii requires renewal of cosmetology licenses every 2 years in odd-numbered years by December 31, and it costs $100 to renew. If you forfeit your license, you have 3 years to reinstate it without having to go before the board. If you have been licensed for more than 1 year, you are not required to submit education verification documents. If your license has been expired for more than 3 years, you need to restore your license through the Board, and may be required to re-take the practical exam and verify education hours. Hawaii does not require cosmetology continuing education hours to renew your cosmetology license, but CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry.

Hawaii Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Hawaii

Hawaii, like much of the country, is in the middle of industrywide growth. From 2016 through 2026, O*Net anticipates an 12% swell in cosmetology job openings (2019). The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Hawaii cosmetologists earn an average of $30,970 per year (2020).

Enjoy unique beauty career opportunities in Hawaii. There are many diverse employers located across the Hawaiian islands. There are the standard salons, nail shops, and spas that serve residents and local tourists. However, Hawaiian resorts present an exciting work environment. Tourists come to Hawaii to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate. By providing esthetics services and cosmetology services, you can give them unforgettable vacation memories.

Contact the Hawaii State Board of Cosmetology

Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

For those in Hawaii who want a career that is dynamic and different, cosmetology has proven to be momentous. Along those lines, there are dedicated resources available for those looking to be well-versed in professional grooming.

Professional Beauty Association


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