Frequently asked questions

Do you provide housing for students?

HHAC does not provide housing for students, however there are several apartments and condominiums for rent in the area. We recommend searching for current rentals available in and near Kailua. Students willing to drive or use public transportation are encouraged to visit for accommodations in Waikiki and Manoa Valley.

I’m from the mainland: what kind of town is Kailua?

Kailua Beach has repeatedly been ranked as one of the best beaches in the world.  Residents and tourists alike enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, and fishing.  The white sand beach lined with ironwood trees is ideal for sunbathing and family get-togethers. From Kailua, it is only a 20 minute drive over the Ko’olau mountain range to Honolulu.

For more information, read about Kailua here:,_Honolulu_County,_Hawaii

Can I have a job while attending HHAC?

Yes! Part-time classes meet two evenings each week from 6-9pm and Saturdays 9-5pm. The intensive classes meet Monday-Friday 8:30-12:30pm leaving plenty of time for outside employment.

How big are the classes at HHAC?

Practical hands-on classes are limited to 22 students, and lecture classes are limited to 36.  The instructor to student ratio is approximately 1:11, which allows for hands-on classes to have up to 22 students per primary class instructor.  Our teaching assistants are graduates of the program.

What is the difference between a Department of Education Certified school and an Apprenticeship program?

Hawaii Healing Arts College is a 600 hour accredited diploma program in massage therapy. The curriculum at Hawaii Healing Arts College is fully approved by the Department of Education and meets the standards for licensing by the Hawaii State Board of Massage Therapy. Our all-inclusive program offers students basic and advanced training in both science and practical hands-on massage methods. In addition to the 410 classroom hours taught by our experienced DOE Certified Instructors, our students complete a 190-hour clinic internship at Massage Professionals. Massage Professionals is our state of the art massage clinic housed in the same building as Hawaii Healing Arts College. Massage Professionals is a serene spa-like setting where students work along side licensed massage therapists gaining professional experience as they perform 150 1-hour full body massages in private massage suites. Our interns evolve their massages as they learn various modalities in the classroom and integrate these advanced techniques into their full body massages. The experience our students gain during their diverse classroom and practical hands-on internship fully prepares our graduates for a successful career as licensed massage therapists.

Apprentice programs consist of 150 hours of classroom training and 420 hours of practical massage therapy training. Apprentices must first complete 50 hours of anatomy and physiology, as well as 100 hours of massage theory and practice courses at a Hawaii State Board of Massage approved establishment. Once the coursework is complete, the candidate must seek out and make their own arrangements with a massage therapist who is willing and qualified to sponsor massage apprentices. The candidate must then apply for a permit with the Hawaii State Board of Massage Therapy and have their sponsoring massage therapist approved prior to the apprentice training. The practical training is supervised by the sponsoring massage therapist who is not required to be a DOE Certified instructor and no additional classroom hours of training is necessary.

Apprenticeship programs are unique to Hawaii and often not accepted by other states.

If I graduate from your program, will I be able to work in other countries/states?

Our program prepares students to pass licensure testing in the State of Hawaii and the National Certification Board Exam. Currently, there are 36 states in the USA that have some form of regulation for massage therapy. It is important to check with your local regulations agency to find out requirements for massage therapists in your area.

Does HHAC accept International Students?

Students come to HHAC from all over the world: Japan, Canada, Brazil, Australia, United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, and more.

Hawaii Healing Arts College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.  International students must have completed an I-20 form to enter the country and/or attend classes.  Prospective international students may enroll by appointment in person or by telephone with an administrative representative.   Contact us for more information about guidelines and conditions.