Most people agree that Hawaii is paradise. That’s why, for some seniors, Hawaii is the ultimate retirement destination. They imagine spending their golden years on white sandy beaches, biking along gorgeous paths, and taking in the beauty that surrounds them every day. For those lucky enough to call Hawaii home during their younger years, they also think that relaxing in the Aloha State is the best way to spend their retirement.
While you always may have dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, you may not know how to begin finding a retirement community or assisted living facility there. That’s why we researched the top facilities in Hawaii and chose 10 of the best. We considered amenities and services, awards and accreditations, and state inspection data when available. We also factored in ratings and reviews from residents and their family members, because they have first-hand experience with the staff, level of care, and environment at each assisted living facility. Please note, we have listed our top 10 assisted living facilities in Hawaii here, in no particular order.
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1. Regency at Puakea
2130 Kaneka Street
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Located in Lihue on the island of Kauai, Regency at Puakea offers retirement and assisted living options for seniors. A professionally managed, carefully designed community, Regency at Puakea centers on residents’ wellness and well-being and strives to help them be as independent as possible. The Regency Moments Memory Care Program also assists residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia to live with dignity in a caring, secure environment. Residents can expect to enjoy maintenance-free private apartments of varying sizes, healthy meals, social events, educational opportunities, and wellness options with care tailored to their individual needs at Regency at Puakea.
The second largest provider of senior living retirement communities in the United States, Holiday Retirement offers Honolulu Senior Living at Hawaii Kai. This facility offers both independent and assisted living options. A virtual island paradise, Hawaii Kai features a pool and 23 acres on Each Oahu. Known as being a lavish senior living community, Hawaii Kai has elegant social spaces perfect for rest and recreation and offers a busy community calendar of tai chi, Wii bowling, yoga, and poker. Hawaii Kai also is just minutes from Waikiki Beach, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii and Kahala Mall, Pearl Harbor, the Waikiki Aquarium, and the Honolulu Zoo.
Oceanside Hawaii offers premier senior living in Hawaii. Their Dignity Senior Living & Memory Care on the North Shore of Oahu offers some of the finest care options for retirees who prefer the Hawaiian countryside. Residents enjoy customized care from compassionate, qualified team members and choose from several comfortable accommodations and gorgeous rooms. Oceanside tailors services to each resident and engages them in assistive ways while honoring their choices, independence, and dignity. The facility’s services include bathing, dressing, grooming, and bathroom assistance, personal laundry, escorts to meals and activities, health care provider communications, personalized pet care, daily housekeeping, and more.
4. Kahala Nui
4389 Malia Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96821
Kahala Nui, a vibrant retirement community located in one of the most desirable Honolulu neighborhoods, is situated on six and a half acres. Residents enjoy the garden campus and island-style living of the facility, along with its comfortable, top-notch services and amenities. Kahala Nui offers residents a sense of family and community with lifestyle choices and the security of Life Care, a holistic approach to senior living for seniors age 62 and older. Residents enjoy engaging in their interests, improving their talents, pursuing ideas, and making new friendships in addition to attending educational workshops, art and language classes, fitness instruction, and more.
5. Manoa Cottage
2035 Kamehameha Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Manoa Cottage, near the heart of Honolulu, includes three cottages that house up to eight residents each. The familiar, home-like setting features a central courtyard, garden, and koi pond. Manoa Cottage’s team of highly trained, professional, caring staff provide 24-hour assistance with activities of daily living and attend to the medical needs of each resident. The activities and events coordinators plan daily activities, special events, and outings based on the wishes and abilities of the individuals. Homemade meals are made from scratch and meet the nutritional needs and desires of residents as well.
6. 15 Craigside
15 Craigside Place
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Located in lush Nu’uanu, 15 Craigside offers independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing. The staff encourages residents to live life on their terms and offers studio or one-bedroom residences with a den, private lanai, open floor plan, floor-to-ceiling windows, individually controlled air conditioning, electric kitchenettes with full-service refrigerators, and other features that make 15 Craigside feel like home. The facility also promotes an active and fulfilling senior lifestyle with common areas, a dance floor, fitness center, library, and other amenities.
Ranked #1 among Hawaii’s best senior living facilities three years in a row by the readers of The Honolulu Star Advertiser, The Plaza Assisted Living senior living communities proudly opened The Plaza at Waikiki in October 2015. Located in the heart of Honolulu, The Plaza at Waikiki gives residents access to world-famous views, restaurants, shopping centers, and cultural destinations. The Plaza also serves three delicious meals daily and offers a monthly wellness program, daily activities and exercise programs, a charming coffee bistro, recreation room, comfortable living room, and much more.
A unique senior living community located within the 40-acre Leihano mixed-use community, Ilima at Leihano promotes independence and peace of mind and builds a sense of community. Ilima offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care and is in proximity to shopping, medical services, the Kapolei public library, regional transit hub, and the Kapolei Regional Park. Because Kapolei is a pedestrian-oriented, master-planned community, residents of Ilima at Leihano can visit all of these attractions via pedestrian greenways without climbing any hills or crossing any roads.
9. Hale Pu’uhonua, LLC
15-1735 19th Street
Keaau, Hawaii 96749
Licensed by the Hawaii State Department of Health and supervised by a caring, experienced nurse, Hale Pu’uhonua, LLC offers friendly, personalized service in a residential setting near Hilo. One of the most appealing traits of Hale Pu’uhonua is its low caregiver-to-resident staffing ratio of 1-to-5, which results in a higher level of hands-on, personalized care than some larger facilities are able to provide. Residents enjoy private bedrooms, laundry and housekeeping, 24/7 supervision, two outdoor recreation areas, recreational outings, exercise classes, and more at Hale Pu’uhonua.
10. Faith Harbor Adult Care
5783 Kalanianaole Highway
Honolulu, Hawaii 96821
Faith Harbor Adult Care centers on quality care and the quality of life of their residents. From creating a home-like environment, to celebrating individuality and preserving dignity, Faith Harbor Adult Care strives to always maintain the highest possible level of independence for each resident while providing the personalized care each needs. Faith Harbor features three delicious, well-balanced meals each day and makes snacks available throughout the day. The staff also handles medication management and supervision, dressing and bathing assistance, appointment scheduling and reminders, assistance with daily living activities, and daily exercise in addition to creative, social, and learning activities.
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