Hawaii is a beautiful place, full of unique food, good schools, and sun-kissed people! If you’re outgoing, with a good head for business, and a passion for beauty and health, you can really make a difference while making some great money.

Hawaii has some of the highest paid hairdressers and cosmetology pros in the country. It’s an exciting industry where you can meet great people and make a real change in someone’s outlook, as well as their appearance! And it all starts by choosing a great program at one of Hawaii’s best academies! Check our page on online cosmetology and aesthetics training for ideas about how to get some of your training without attending in-person classes.

Kauai, HI - enjoy the ocean while your going to beauty school
Kauai, HI – enjoy the ocean while your going to beauty school by Ralf Beier CC BY-SA 3.0

How Long Will It Take To Get Trained At A Hawaii Cosmetology Academy?

If you’re looking to become a cosmetologist in Hawaii, you will need to complete a training program.

You can choose to attend a beauty school course, or a college degree program.

You must be at least 16 years old and have a high school diploma in order to enroll. If your still in high school check to see if you can get head start.

Your formal training program should cover sanitation, hygiene, and state laws and regulations, along with hair cutting, colouring, and makeup techniques. Though school isn’t usually free you can often make it easier financially by learning on weekends or getting aid.

Training at a school will require you to clock at least 1800 hours in total, while an apprenticeship will take double that. So the first thing you need to do is find a place to train you. Enter your ZIP below to do just that:


Once your training hours are complete, you can apply for a temporary permit for as long as one year. This allows you to keep working and learning for the duration of three exam periods. You must have already submitted your license application and been approved for your exam in order to qualify.

The exam is a closed book, 100 question exam which lasts about 120 minutes. If you pass, you will receive instructions from Prometric to apply for your license, and if you fail, you will receive instructions for your re-examination. Your results take two weeks to process and mail to you.

Hawaii Cosmetology License Transfer

Hawaii does not require application for licensing out of state. Instead, you must prove that you are currently licensed in another state, and have at least one year experience working as a hairstylist, or beauty specialist.

Keep Your License Current

Your license needs to be renewed every two years before December 31st on odd-numbered years. There is no continuing education requirement, but you are encouraged to keep up to date with sanitation and state regulation practices, and new technology and styles.

Post-Graduation Job Hunt

Working in Hawaii as a beauty operator, hair stylist, or cosmetologist is a dream come true. Not only is it a gorgeous place to work, but it’s also one of the biggest industries for Hawaii, when compared to growth in other states, and also when comparing salaries. Hawaii has some of the best paid beauty operators in the country. Check out hawaiijobsondemand.com for a great place to start when you’re eager to start your fantastic new career.

Still having doubts about studying cosmetology?

Big Island Beauty College – Kailua Kona

Hawaii Institute of Hair Desgin – Honolulu

IBS School of Cosmetology – Kahului

Makana Esthetics Wellness Academy – Honolulu

Remington College – Honolulu

The Paul Brown Institute of Beauty & Wellness Technologies – Honolulu

Ulupono Academy – A Paul Mitchell Partner School – Honolulu

Did we miss any beauty schools in Hawaii in this list. Please let us know.

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