The very definition of paradise for 9 million tourists a year, Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and home to seniors who have sometimes migrated from thousands of miles away to enjoy the warm sunshine, gentle sea breezes and laid-back local atmosphere of America's island getaway. Almost 18% of Honolulu's nearly 1 million residents are seniors aged 65 and over, and the city is a member of the AARP's Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which means that the community's elected leadership has made the commitment to actively work toward making their town, city, county or state a great place to live for people of all ages.
Aside from the beaches and informal get-togethers in the city's parks, seniors in Honolulu have a lot to keep them occupied. Pearl Harbor attracts 1.5 million visitors a year, as well as welcoming local seniors who have come to pay their respects. Less than a mile away, seniors can find discounts for snorkeling tours in some of the clearest waters in the world.
Seniors who live in one of Honolulu's 76 assisted living communities pay an average of $4,300 a month. This is more than the national average cost of $4,000, but it's significantly lower than the $5,500 seniors pay as an average in other parts of Hawaii for similar care, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
Find your new community on this list of the 8 best assisted living facilities in Honolulu, Hawaii.
428 Kawaihae St
Honolulu, HI 96825
Seniors are in for a year-round island retreat at Hawaii Kai. This Holiday Retirement community is nestled in Ka'alakei Valley yet is only a 5-minute drive from Maunalua Bay Beach Park, Hawai'i Kai Towne Center and Hawai'i Kai Shopping Center. Residents enjoy a true resort lifestyle with breathtaking mountain and ocean views from their serviced apartments. Some of the regular physical activities are morning yoga, chair exercises, swimming, group walks and Wii bowling. Leisure time is spent by playing with pets, reading at the library, surfing online at the computer room or by playing table games like blackjack and mahjong. Other engaging activities include arts and crafts, movies, religious services and bus tours.
The Plaza at Waikiki
1812 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Living in The Plaza at Waikiki gives seniors a tropical island vacation feel every day. It's ideally located right by the Ale Wai promenade, where residents can enjoy scenic waterside strolls with a view of Diamond Head, and conveniently next to Kalakaua Avenue Bridgeway leading to Waikiki and its world-famous beaches. Aside from the restaurant-style dining room, the Hoku Terrace offers seniors island-style barbecues and outdoor relaxation. Other resort-style amenities include a full-service salon, coffee bistro, movie theater, fitness and therapy room, wellness station and activity room. Some of the interesting activities are daily morning exercises, afternoon stretches, hula dancing, ukulele lessons, karaoke, educational talks, arts and crafts, games and shopping trips.
The Plaza at Punchbowl
918 Lunalilo St
Honolulu, HI 96822
Carefree seniors get the best of both city and island living in The Plaza at Punchbowl. This community is just minutes from downtown Honolulu and close to the Queen's, Straub and Kapi'olani medical centers. The Hawaii Opera Theatre and Honolulu Museum of Art are also close by, while scheduled scenic bus rides and beach walks bring seniors closer to nature. Within the facility, the open-space living area has a library section for quiet reading and Bible studies, while the large recreation room is used for arts and crafts, movie screenings, games, live music and dance parties. Residents are pampered at the spa and massage room, while the exercise room is for fitness classes and physical therapy.
Manoa Senior Care
918 12th Ave, Suite 1000
Honolulu, HI 96816
With a quaint Kaimuki neighborhood setting and family atmosphere, Manoa Senior Care gives seniors a sense of home and community. This 11-unit facility is a Type II adult residential care home with expanded care licenses, providing flexible service options from minimal assistance to nursing home-level care. It's within walking distance from Pu'u O Kaimuki Park and Kaimuki Public Library, and transportation services are provided for doctor's appointments and other errands. Home-cooked meals are provided daily, while special occasions and resident birthdays are festively celebrated. Some of the volunteer programs residents can enjoy include Humane Society pet visits, interaction with children from various Kaimuki and Manoa schools and live music.
One Kalakaua Senior Living
1314 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96826
At One Kalakaua Senior Living, residents 55+ enjoy full flexibility with residential and care arrangements. This fee simple facility allows independent and assisted living residents to rent or own their apartments. Inclusive of the monthly base fees are utilities, housekeeping, single daily meals, use of on-site amenities and enjoyment of recreational and wellness programs featuring low-impact exercises and water aerobics. For flexible payment options, assisted living residents pay separate fees for extra meals, monthly care plans and hourly services such as case management, medication administration, nursing care and assistance with the activities of daily living. One Kalakaua is just a few blocks from Kapi'olani Medical Center and minutes from commercial amenities in Ala Moana.
The Plaza at Moanalua
1280 Moanalualani Pl
Honolulu, HI 96819
The Plaza at Moanalua offers seniors vibrant living with its relaxed neighborhood setting and exceptional amenities. This senior community is conveniently located off the Moanalua Freeway and is just a few blocks from Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. The facility's dining room and coffee bistro provide a welcoming environment for eating, socialization, cocktails and live music. There's an activity room for various engagements such as arts and crafts, table games, and resident council meetings. Tai chi and other fitness classes are held at the physical therapy and exercise room, while the media room is for movies, guest talks and Wii bowling. Residents also look forward to cook-offs, gardening, pet visits, walking tours and scenic bus rides.
1723 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96826
Kalakaua Gardens promotes ohana-style living with sophisticated amenities and a continuum of care. This premier senior living community is just a few steps from Don Quijote Honolulu and has quick access to Ala Moana Shopping Center and Ala Moana Beach park. It's also close to the Kalakaua Avenue Bridgeway to Waikiki and boasts stunning mountain and ocean views. The facility has plenty of garden-themed relaxation spaces, including open living rooms, dining rooms, entertainment areas and outdoor spaces that encourage socialization, while the fitness center and rehabilitation gym support the residents' physical wellness. There's also a cinema and salon/barbershop, and a variety of enriching activities include happy hours, continuing education classes and scheduled outings.
Kina 'Ole Estate
45-225 William Henry Road
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Kina 'Ole Estate is a compassionate senior care residence that houses eight residents per home. This community in the residential neighborhood of Kaneohe has breathtaking mountain views, and it's just a 5-minute drive from Windward Mall and less than 3 miles from Hawaii State Hospital. It provides senior housing, personalized supportive services, adult health care and memory care while helping the kupunas (elders) enjoy as much independence as possible. Each private bedroom welcomes its resident's personal decorative touches and features a double-sized bed, accessible bathroom, emergency system and basic furnishings. There's a resident therapy dog for animal companionship, and stimulating activities include aromatherapy, chair dancing, balloon volleyball, movies, table games, music therapy and outdoor strolls.