Nail Technology Schools in Hawaii

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Big Island Beauty Academy

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

Honolulu Nail & Esthetics Academy

680 Iwilei Road Suite 665
Honolulu, HI 96817

IBS School of Cosmetology and Massage – Accredited

110 East Kaahumanu Avenue Suite 201
Kahului, HI 96732
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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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Comparing Program Costs in HI

Cosmetology School Costs
Highest range: $18,919 - $19,133
Lowest range: $18,704 - $18,919
Average: $18,919
Nail Technology School Costs
Highest range: $4,352 - $4,352
Lowest range: $4,352 - $4,352
Average: $4,352

How to Become a Manicurist in Hawaii

Hawaii Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 350 education hours or 700 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 manicurists in Hawaii is $24,280 ($11.67/hour). This is lower than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 12% job increase between 2016-2026 for manicurists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 10%.

There is no place like Hawaii when it comes to starting a beauty career. With the year-round sun, beautiful scenery, and relaxed environment, people want to look their best all the time.

The skills you gain as a nail technician can make you the go-to manicurist or pedicurist in your community. When tourists flood in, you can give them nail art that screams "vacation!"

State License Requirements

350 Education Hours OR 700 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

Once you meet the licensing requirements of Hawaii, you can apply for your license through the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. They charge $150 in licensing fees and require you to pass a written test and a skills test.

Education Details

The journey to a nail technology career starts at a local nail tech school. As a full-time student, you may be able to complete your training in a matter of weeks. A lot of your time should be spent getting practical experience, since you want to start your career feeling confident and ready to work independently. Licensed Hawaii schools have certain mandatory subjects to cover, lots of which are listed below.

Required Hawaii Nail Tech Training Topics

  • Infection control and disinfection
  • Anatomy and physiology of the hands, feet, and nails
  • Massaging the hands, feet, arms, and legs
  • Manicuring and pedicuring techniques
  • Acrylic and gel nails
  • Nail wraps and nail tips
  • Sculptured nails
  • Maintenance and repair of artificial nails
  • Hawaii laws and rules

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

To become a nail technician in Hawaii, you will need to meet the requirements outlined by the Hawaii Board of Cosmetology. Before you can qualify for initial licensure, you must complete a program that includes at least 350 hours of training. The cost of your initial application will be $20. To maintain your manicurist or pedicurist license, you will need to renew it every two years in odd-numbered years. The deadline for renewal is December 31st. The fee you will submit with your application is currently $100 for all types of cosmetology licensed.

Hawaii Nail Technology Careers


Average yearly salary for nail technology in Hawaii

If you're crazy about nail art, new types of artificial nails, and making natural nails stronger, why not use that to start a new career? As a nail technician, your career depends a lot on which island you live on. Ifyou take a spot at a luxury resort or hotel, you may work on-site with tourists who want to indulge while away from home. If you stick to local salons and spas, you may get to know the locals and figure out their needs. Nail technicians typically earn a base salary and tips from clients. This gives you a lot of control over your income potential, since you can use a slow day to drum up business and book appointments. Currently, the average income for a Hawaii manicurist is $24,280 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

The responsibilities of a nail technologist are to care for a client's fingernails and toenails with manicures, pedicures, shaping, cuticle care, callus removal, synthetic nail treatments and nail polish application. Becoming a nail tech in Hawaii requires that you do the following:

  • Complete 350 hours of formal training.
  • Complete the Hawaii Nail Technician Examinations.
  • Renew your license every 2 years.

Contact the Hawaii State Board of Nail Technology

Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
Nail Technology

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