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Program Mission

The Cosmetology program's mission is to serve the community as an aff ordable, learning-centered program which is committed to the development and delivery of innovative, high-quality education for the hair and beauty industry and empower individuals to maximize their potential and elevate the professionalism of the industry.

Program Description

The Cosmetology department offers four Certificates and an Associate in Applied Science degree program. The curriculum is designed to prepare the student for the State Board of Cosmetology Examination. Upon passing the examination the individual becomes a licensed cosmetologist.

The Cosmetology program is part of an international member school system that teaches the technique known as Pivot Point. Pivot Point developed its own training method, a system of learning that completely revolutionized hair and beauty education. This off ers students the highest degree of manipulative skills and theory that meet the standards and requirements of the State Board of Cosmetology and of other careers in the world of hair and beauty. This knowledge and ability are achieved first through lecture and demonstration followed by actual work in a salon atmosphere. Students receive a minimum of 1800 clock hours of lecture and clinical experience.


A Certification of Completion is also available in Esthetician Training. This course of study specializes in the care and health of skin through prevention and management. Knowledge and ability is achieved first through lecture and demonstration followed by practice on clients in a salon atmosphere. Procedures are those used in spas and skin care salons. These courses prepare the student for the State Board of Cosmetology Licensing Examination in Esthetics. Upon passing the State Board examination, the individual becomes a licensed esthetician.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the COSM program, students will be able to:

  • Model professional life skills to include qualities of character, personality, communication verbal and non-verbal and planning.
  • Follow personal and public health and safety routines at work.
  • Express the business principles to include client market, building a clientele, customer service, SMART goals, and the 80/20 rule and S.W.O.T. analysis required within a professional environment.
  • Demonstrate the theoretical and practical skills required to apply the core sciences of microbiology, anatomy and physiology, principles of electricity and chemistry related to working in the cosmetology field.
  • Demonstrate the theoretical and practical skills required to provide appropriate services to meet the needs for a variety of clients.
  • Demonstrate and interpret the elements of form, texture and color with the principles of repetition, alternation, progression and contrast in design
  • Demonstrate the theoretical knowledge and practice of the Hawaiʻi Revised Statues 438 and 439, Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules; Title 16; Chapter 78, Title 11; Board of Health Chapter 11 as it relates to the cosmetology industry.
  • To achieve the preliminary qualifications or requisites for admission to the licensure examination.

Upon successful completion of the Esthetician program, students will be able to:

  • Project a positive attitude and a sense of personal integrity and self-confidence.
  • Practice effective communication skills, visual poise, and proper grooming.
  • Respect the need to deliver worthy service for value received in an employer-employee relationship.
  • State the benefits of prioritizing time efficiently.
  • Use proven strategies to build a clientele.
  • List safety and sanitation procedures for use of equipment, implements, and treatments.
  • Perform basic manipulative skills in the areas of skin care, hair removal, makeup and body treatments.
  • Perform the basic analytical skills to determine proper skin care, hair removal, makeup and body treatments for the client's overall image.
  • Apply learned theory, technical information and related matter to assure sound judgments, decisions, and procedures.
  • Apply learned theory, manipulative skills and analytical skills to obtain licensure and competency in entry-level positions in cosmetology or a related career field.

Program Prerequisites

  • High school diploma or equivalent
    ENG 19 and/or ENG 21, OR ESL 13 & 14, OR Placement in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23
  • MATH 9, OR Placement in MATH 24/50/53

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)
  • Certificate of Competence (Esthetics) (Unavailable Fall 2014)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

  • A basic Cosmetology Kit, uniform, and textbooks cost approximately $1800.
  • A basic Esthetician Kit, uniform and textbooks cost approximately $550.

Gainful Employment Information

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Faculty & Staff

  • Stella Akamine, Assistant Professor, Email, 845-9472
  • Jessie Aki, Professor, Liaison, Email, 845-9473
  • Philip Hervas, Lecturer, Email, 845-9263
  • Jessica Kaniho, Asst. Professor, Email, 844-2370
  • Lynnette McKay, Assistant Professor, Email, 847-9850
  • Keri Ann Nakasone, Educational & Academic Support Specialist, Email, 845-9132