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CITY Honolulu
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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 27, 2023

Honolulu is known as a tourist attraction for its breathtaking views and community spirit, but it also offers a comfortable place for retirement. With a warm climate, many seniors can benefit from an average of 271 sunny days per year. Honolulu and the surrounding areas are home to nearly 1 million residents, with 18.8% aged 65 and older.

This aging population is at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Quality dementia care, offered in memory care communities, can be a helpful option. option. Because of the additional assistance required for seniors with dementia, memory care communities often cost approximately 25% more than assisted living. In Honolulu, memory care averages $6,719 per month, which is on par with the state average but nearly $1,200 more expensive than the national norm.

Memory care provides a safe, supportive environment where residents can receive assistance with daily living tasks. In many cases, it also includes therapies and programs designed to soothe residents.

Keep reading to discover the top 10 memory care communities in Honolulu and surrounding areas and why they’ve earned their places on the list.

Kalākaua Gardens

We featured Kalākaua Gardens on our top 10 list because it's Oahu's only self-contained, all-inclusive senior living community. The memory care neighborhood provides a quiet, family-style environment where residents with dementia can receive personalized care. Around-the-clock caregivers are available to provide assistance with daily living tasks and medication support. Residents can choose between private and shared living suites, which can accommodate personal furniture and decor. During the day, memory care residents can participate in Aloha Stations, which encourage life skills, or regular activities designed to encourage physical wellness, socialization, sensory stimulation and reminiscence. Chef-prepared meals are served in a community dining room, and residents are free to choose from readily available snacks and beverages when the mood strikes.

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The Plaza at Waikiki

Aptly named Hali'a, meaning to recall or remember fondly, The Plaza at Waikiki's memory care program strives to honor each resident's personal life story. Utilizing the Best Friends method of care, this community fosters close relationships between caregivers and residents, centering care on individual strengths and abilities while fostering support as needed. The Best Friends program was created by David Troxel, an internationally known expert in memory care and The Plaza's memory care consultant. All Hali'a caregivers are Best Friends-certified dementia care partners who have the experience and training to provide high-quality care and encourage independence. Caregivers can assist with communication, help ease agitation or other negative emotions and provide assistance with daily tasks.

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The Plaza at Punchbowl

The Plaza at Punchbowl utilizes Troxel's Best Friends memory care program. Residents are supported throughout the day while encouraged to communicate and connect with peers. Best Friends caregivers lead numerous activities centered on wellness, such as gentle exercise sessions and arts and crafts. Resident suites have multiple nurse call systems and accessible bathrooms, including walk-in showers with grab bars and an adjustable bath bench. Highly trained caregivers, who are Best Friends-certified in dementia care, encourage residents to reminisce and offer clues and cues as needed to ease agitation and confusion. They get to know residents' unique daily rituals to facilitate them. For peace of mind, nursing teams are available 24/7.

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  • Scheduled transportation for appointments, errands and church
  • Personalized care plans

Hale Kū'ike Bayside

Hale Kū'ike Bayside earned a spot on our top 10 list because it features live-in therapy animals to help soothe residents. This community uses the Positive Approach to Care (PAC) training curriculum and provides ongoing dementia education and skill-building for all staff, regardless of position. Hale Kū'ike keeps staff on-site around the clock, including nursing assistants overnight and registered nurses during the day and on-call 24/7. Special attention has been paid to design elements, including optimized lighting and ergonomically correct tables and chairs meant for seniors. Secure community areas are open and engaging, promoting both independence and movement. Residents' days are planned to balance rest, wellness, leisure and productivity, with activities such as cooking, tai chi and aromatherapy.

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  • Secure outdoor healing garden
  • High-quality meals prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients

'Ilima at Leihano

Seniors at 'Ilima at Leihano can receive award-winning memory care delivered with a person-centered approach. Caregivers are trained to recognize the individualized needs of those with dementia and are ready around the clock to assist with daily living tasks. Secure indoor and outdoor areas offer the opportunity to participate in activities such as gardening or taking a walk in the warm Hawaiian sun. Numerous daily activities and community outings are available to memory care residents, and the signature Art of Living Well program encourages wellness. Comfortable, welcoming common areas create a homelike environment with features specifically designed for safety. Memory care residents live in studio apartments with private bathrooms, walk-in showers and central air conditioning with individual climate control.

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The Plaza at Mililani

Situated with a beautiful backdrop of the Waianae Mountains, The Plaza at Mililani is near urban amenities while being far enough away for a peaceful atmosphere. The Hali'a memory care community includes secure outdoor courtyards and a thoughtfully designed shared area. Caregivers receive Best Friends certification through David Troxel's training program, which teaches them how best to communicate effectively and compassionately. The goal of the Best Friends program is to encourage independence while helping residents cope with the symptoms of dementia and celebrating their vibrant lives with them. Caregivers gently guide residents through their days, including providing personal care and helping them find their way if they get lost or start to wander.

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  • On-site fitness and physical therapy center
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen services

The Plaza at Pearl City

With a beautiful view of historic Pearl Harbor, The Plaza at Pearl City provides a comfortable environment for seniors with dementia to receive memory care. The community advertises trading in chores for resort-like amenities, including three daily restaurant-style meals, housekeeping and scheduled transportation for medical care. Each apartment offers multiple nurse call systems and access to a nursing team around the clock. The Hali'a memory care community employs caregivers certified in the Best Friends training program. Staff offers friendly faces and assistance with dementia symptoms. They also facilitate social interactions, assist with communication by offering cues and celebrate residents' unique experiences and lives.

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  • Activities tailored to residents' abilities
  • Accessible showers with adjustable bath benches

The Plaza at Moanalua

With ocean and city views, The Plaza at Moanalua provides seniors with a comfortable place to call home located near the Kaiser Permanente Hospital. Offering comfort and privacy in a supportive environment, the Hali'a memory care neighborhood serves residents with dementia with an around-the-clock team of caregivers specifically trained in handling memory loss disorders. The community hosts health and wellness programs, such as gentle exercise classes, and ensures each resident receives the care they need both on- and off-site, with personalized care plans and medical management. Residents can participate in activities such as seated tai chi, beading and outdoor walks while the staff takes care of housekeeping and daily meals.

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  • Evidence-based Best Friends training program pairs caregivers and residents
  • Assistance with communication

Kina Ole Estate

Kina Ole Estate earned a spot on our top 10 list because it has just eight rooms for residents, keeping the staff-to-resident ratio low. It offers a continuum of care, including personalized support services, expanded care and memory care, with each resident receiving highly customized care plans. Staff members are available around the clock to assist with daily tasks such as toileting, dressing and bathing. The environment is stimulating and active, encouraging residents to get involved and try new experiences. Residents can receive medication monitoring and in-home massages or participate in music and art therapy. The community is secure, with 24/7 staffing and emergency buttons in each private suite.

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  • Private suites with ample storage
  • Registered nurse available around the clock

The Plaza at Kaneohe

At The Plaza at Kaneohe, caregivers understand how to best serve memory care residents thanks to their training in the Best Friends program. With care techniques designed to minimize levels of agitation and confusion, caregivers can gently redirect residents and assist them with their daily routines to maintain consistency while still fostering independence. Staff members can offer support with personal care, provide supervision and redirect wandering residents. Beyond this, caregivers highlight past accomplishments to encourage reminiscing and memory engagement while also creating daily schedules tailored to residents' needs.

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