Free CNA Training in Hawaii

Although there are more than 9,000 CNAs in Hawaii there are not many training programs.  You can receive certified nursing assistant training in a handful of community colleges and medical (such as nursing) care facilities in the state.  You will need to attend a program that has been approved by the Department of Health in order to be eligible to sit for a certification exam.  It is not as easy to find free cna training but not impossible. To get free training read the options available below:

If you are living in Hawaii and are receiving welfare benefits or are currently unemployed, you might be eligible for assistance covering your tuition.  It is often possible to receive help to train for a new career if you are struggling to earn an income or at any rate a good income.  You should contact employment and welfare agencies for potential assistance to receive free cna training.

There is something else to consider if you are currently working in a healthcare facility but not as a healthcare provider.  You should contact your current employer if you are interested in working for them as a certified nursing assistant.  If they know that you want to train to become a certified nursing assistant, it is possible that your employer will pay for your tuition to train.  This is especially true if they know you are a hard-working and compassionate individual.

You should talk to administrators at any program of Interest for CNA training in Hawaii.  You might very well learn about grants or potential scholarships to cover the cost of your tuition.

Direct Free Training Opportunities

Free Caregiver Training – Good Samaritan Society
45-090 Namoku St, Kaneohe, HI 96744, Phone:+1 808-247-3448
They have open positions available for Caregivers and one of the qualifying requirements is that you agree to be trained in their in house training program for caregivers. We like to call caregivers as 80% CNA’s since they do most of the work nursing aides do except a little of the medical stuff such as checking blood pressure. The Good Samaritan Society is a fantastic place to work. They have an amazing view of the pacific and the nursing home is built on the Kootau Mountain range.

Low Cost Training Opportunities

Caregiver Training School
1320 Kalani Street Suite 288, Honolulu, HI 96817 Phone: (808)848-9988
We researched a lot of CNA schools in Hawaii before we found this one. Most of the community colleges in the area charge $1000 or more for CNA classes. Many times the classes are excessively longer in duration to what is necessary. One can argue that they are quite thorough, but in our experience how many hours of training you endure, the real practical training only comes once you’re working as a CNA. This school has a 100 hour course for which the tuition is just $700. They also have an advance CNA training course which is slightly more expensive. If you’re finding it difficult to get a job after completing training, the advanced course might help you land a job quicker.

Nursing Related Scholarships in Hawaiicnanotes2

Kaua’i Community College – Kaukini Foundation Scholarship

This is an interesting scholarship that’s available only to students of Kaua’i Community College. You can either use the funds to pay for your LPN training or for RN training. CNA is not one of the options available at present. The only other requirement is that you MUST work in Hawaii for a year after you graduate. This is probably done to reduce the shortage of qualified nurses in Hawaii.

Kapi’olani Community College – PEO Chapter C Scholarship Fund Practical Nursing

This scholarship is for students pursuing a PN course at Kapi’olani Community College. Unlike the above scholarship, this one doesn’t force you to work in Hawaii or in a state hospital in hawaii once you graduate. Again, this is just practical nursing and not CNA.

Places That May Help

Hawaii Job Corps Center

Address:  41-467 Hihimanu Street Waimanalo, HI 96795

Phone:  808-259-6070

For eligible residents of Hawaii within the age range of 16 year to 24 years old,  Hawaii Job Corps Center provides no cost vocational and educational opportunities including CNA training.  Supported by funding from the U. S. Department of Labor, this program offers educational services, job placement services and vocational programs for a number of different employment sectors. Paid vocational training is available in Automotive Repair, Business Technology, Culinary Arts, Facilities Maintenance, Health Occupations, Certified Nursing Assistant, Horticulture Worker and Painting.  Many of these vocational programs will offer students a chance to learn green technologies that are positively impacting their desired field of employment. Depending on your situation you might also get free housing along with the training.


Nursing homes in Hawaii that could be offering CNA training for free

Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. It is however common for nursing homes to employ you and then pay for your training at another facility.

Castle Medical Center – 640 Ulukahiki St.   Kailua, Hawaii 96734
(808) 263-5500

Convalescent Center Of Honolulu – 1900 Bachelor Street   Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
(808) 531-5302

Crawford’s Convalescent Home – 58-130 Kamehameha Hwy   Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712
(808) 638-8514

Hale Anuenue Restorative Care – 1333 Waianuenue Ave   Hilo, Hawaii 96720
(808) 961-6644

Hale Ho’ola Hamakua – 45-547 Plumeria St   Honokaa, Hawaii 96727
(808) 775-7211

Hale Kupuna Heritage Home – 4297-C Omao Rd   Lawai, Hawaii 96765
(808) 742-7591

Hale Makua – Wailuku – 1540 East Main St   Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
(808) 243-1722

Kahuku Hospital – 56117 Pualalea Street   Kahuku, Hawaii 96731
(808) 293-9221

Kau Hospital – P.O. Box 40   Pahala, Hawaii 96777
(808) 928 8331

Kauai Care Center – 9611 Waena Rd   Waimea, Hawaii 96796
(808) 338-1681

Kauai Veterans Memorial Hosp – 4643 Waimea Canyon Rd   Waimea, Hawaii 96796
(808) 338-9431

Kohala Hospital – 54-383 Hospital Road   Kapaau, Hawaii 96755
(808) 889-6211

Oahu Care Facility – 1808 So. Beretania St.   Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
(808) 973-1900

Pearl City Nursing Home – 919 Lehua Ave   Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
(808) 453-1929

Queen’s Medical Ctr – 1301 Punchbowl St   Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 538-9011

Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital – 4800 Kawaihau Rd   Kapaa, Hawaii 96746
(808) 822-4961

St. Francis Medical Center – 2230 Liliha Street   Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
(808) 547-6011

Wahiawa General Hospital – 128 Lehua St   Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
(808) 621-8411

Weinberg Care Center – 45-090 Namoku St   Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
(808) 247-1670

Wilcox Memorial Hospital – 3420 Kuhio Highway   Lihue, Hawaii 96766
(808) 245-1100

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One Response to Free CNA Training in Hawaii

  1. reinell October 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    I am a cna graduate and i recieved my certificate of completion in 2008. I am not certified yet and I am not sure of what to do since it’s been a while since I graduated. I am not certified yet and wanted to continue education or training to become certified. What are my options and what type of help do I qualify for? I am currently recieving assistance from the state and currently unemployed. I’m an active job seeker willing to perform hands on training. My goal is to become a certified nurses assistant and hopefully continue to seek advancement.

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