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Enrollment Dates

Enrollment Dates

Fulltime Enrollment Dates for 2024-2025

  • April 15, 2024
  • June 3, 2024
  • July 29, 2024
  • September 16, 2024
  • November 4, 2024


Makana Academy Esthetic Classes

Core Esthetics Program - APPLY NOW

Makana Esthetics Wellness Academy’s Core 600-hour Esthetics Program provides students with strong theoretical and Practical knowledge of Esthetics. Makana students learn and preform Advanced Medical Esthetics. Additionally, and at no extra cost to the students receive instruction in Specialty Facials, Body Treatments, Light Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage of the Face and Body, Full Body Waxing, Brazilian Waxing, Facial Waxing, Brow Design Shaping/Waxing, plus Lash and Brow Tinting and a Masters Makeup Course.

Makana’s curriculum is designed to enrich, extend, and support each student's understanding of the Esthetics field. We only use the highest quality, most prestigious skincare lines in our learning environment and Student Operated Spa as a reminder and a challenge to students to always provide the very best.

Benefits to being a Makana Student and Alumni.

  • Student discount on all Skincare products in house.
  • Open door policy and support in preparing graduates for State Board Exam after graduation.
  • Attend additional educational classes or special events at no charge.
  • Makana student discount toward new, advanced classes offered at Makana.
  • Makana Student discount on all services offered in Makana’s Student operated spa.
  • Complementary support training when needed.
  • Complementary coaching and support post-graduation for employment.

Progressive Programs - APPLY NOW

Available to Licensed Professionals in the Beauty Field

Makana Esthetics Wellness Academy has made a commitment to education to our beauty professionals in Hawai’i. The main purpose of our progressive courses is to bring quality educators to our Islands. In this way, we hope to reduce the expense and hardship a beauty professional has to go through to educate themselves right here in Hawai’i. With this in mind, our progressive courses will give esthetic professionals the choice to advance their career without leaving their families or jobs. To ensure a high quality education, we carefully select those who teach at our academy. We provide our industry with a quality educational experience.

Personalized Make-up Course  - APPLY NOW

Course description: This course was developed for individuals who are interested in refining their own make-up application.
Learning objective:
  • You will be educated on your own skin needs and what skincare product would be appropriate for your skin type.
  • How to emphasize your best features.
  • Learn to choose the right colors to complement your skin tone.
  • Learn to create different looks: such as a “Natural Day” make-up, appropriate make-up for the “office” and evening “Black-tie Affair” look.
  • Learn to create a brow shape that enhances your facial features.
This course is open to the general public, special group rates apply for 5 or more people.

Masters Makeup Course  - APPLY NOW

Course description: This course is an introduction to Make-up Artistry and was developed for aspiring Make-up Artists who are interested in starting a career in the Beauty Field. The knowledge gained from this course will give them the ability to seek employment in the Esthetic Industry.
Day 1 – Intro to Make-up Artistry: Students will be taught the skills needed to build a solid foundation with their clients. They will be able to teach their clients to care for their skin and create a healthy radiant complexion. Topics include:
  • Skin Analysis
  • Choosing the correct skin care
  • Choosing the appropriate texture and shade for every skin type and condition
  • Students will learn the proper pressure and distance they should maintain while performing a makeover.
  • Students will learn how to create Natural Day Makeup and Glamorous Evening looks.
Day 2 – Bridal Make-up: Students will learn the key techniques to creating a flawless “Bridal” look.
Topics include:
  • Bridal conversation consultation.
  • Bridal makeup design.
  • Camera ready tips on how to achieve perfect pictures.
*Student Kits are available for an additional cost. Student Kits are NOT required for enrollment.

Modern Microdermabrasion  - APPLY NOW

Course Description:
  • Skin Analysis & Proper Preparation
  • Proper Settings to Achieve Desired Results
  • Signature Post Treatments that Utilize Anti-Oxidants and Light Therapy
Provided Materials:
  • Practical Materials
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Students will be required to bring a notebook & pencil

Chemical Peel Class  - APPLY NOW

Course Description:
  • Identifying skin types and conditions.
  • Proper client consultation.
  • Understanding chemical peels and its function.
  • Understanding the contraindicators of chemical peels.
  • Safely perform a chemical peel service on a client.
Provided Materials:
  • Practical Materials
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Students will be required to bring a notebook & pencil

Hands on Massage Techniques for Estheticians  - APPLY NOW

Course Description: Massage Techniques for Esthetician
  • Client Care
  • Benefits of massage
  • Understanding the contraindications of Massage.
  • Explain the different types of massage
  • Hands on practical massage of the face, head and neck
Provided Materials:
  • Practical Materials
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Students will be required to bring a notebook and pencil

Brazilian Waxing  - APPLY NOW

Course Description: This course will cover the following topics:
  • Skin Analysis & Proper Preperation
  • Effective Waxing Techniques to Achieve Desired Results
  • Techniques to Reduce Client Discomfort
Provided Materials:
  • Waxing supplies
  • Waxing beds
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Students will be required to provide 2 models to work on

Body Waxing  - APPLY NOW

Course Description:
  • Skin Analysis & Proper Preperation
  • Effective Waxing Techniques to Achieve Desired Results
  • Techniques to Reduce Client Discomfort
Provided Materials:
  • Waxing Supplies
  • Waxing Beds
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Student Kit
Student Kit Contents:
  • Latex Free Gloves
  • Hair Bands – 2 packs
  • Mini Wood Spatula – 1 pack
  • Silver Foil Wrap – 6 each
  • Spa Bikini – 2 packs
  • Cream Wrap
  • Mehaz Needle Nose Tweezer
  • Mehaz Slanted Tweezer
  • GGI Sure Clean
  • Wood Paddle – 1 pack
  • Epilating Strips – 4 packs
  • Wax Warmer
  • Standard Wax Collar – 1 pack
  • Can Wax Creamy Pink 2
  • Can Wax Gold 2
  • Roll On Starter Kit
Makana Academy Esthetic Classes
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

New Students:

  • All applicants must be at least 16 years of age or older and have proof of age with a current valid state issued identification card or certified copy of their birth certificate
  • Applicants must have a Social Security card for the school to copy
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or its equivalency. Makana Academy will accept as a recognized equivalent of secondary education a GED, passing results of the Hawaii High School Proficiency Exam, a DD214 that indicates high school equivalency, or a degree issued to the student that indicates the high school graduation.
  • A complete application.

When all information is received from the prospective student an interview process will be scheduled.

Re-entry Students

Students who have withdrawn from a program may request re-entry into the program and will be required to meet with the Director of Education of the Academy. The student must provide a written statement detailing the reasons for withdrawal. A re-entry request will be considered when evidence is shown that the reasons which caused the withdrawal have been rectified.

International Students

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.  Makana Academy does not offer English as a Second Language instruction. All instruction occurs in English and proficiency in English is required.  Proficiency is documented by:

  • The admissions and orientation interview
  • Receipt of prior education documentation
  • Reviewing the course syllabus with prospective student

Admission Procedures

Prospective students shall submit an Enrollment Application to Makana Academy. Applications can be complete online (suggested) or via US mail, faxed, emailed, or hand delivered to the following address:


Makana Esthetics Wellness Academy
560 N. Nimitz Hwy, STE 119B ~ Honolulu, HI 96817


Office: (808)591-6090 Fax: (808)591-6092

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Upon receipt of the enrollment application, the admissions department will contact the prospective student to arrange for a tour of the facility and meet with the student to review the students career goals, the programs offered and graduation requirements.

Students that decide to enroll will be scheduled for an orientation where they will receive a complimentary facial, their curriculum and supplies, and will review the school policies (Course Catalog). During the orientation, students must provide all required documentation to finalize their application.

Failure to provide the required documentation or failure to show up for a scheduled tour, meeting or orientation during the admission process may be grounds for declining admission to the Academy.

The full tuition or the 1st installment payment (if applicable) must be received prior to or during the orientation.

Admission Procedures
School Hours

School Hours

Full Time Core Esthetics Program - 19 weeks total (600 hours)
Intro to Esthetics                            Weeks 1-6Practical Esthetics                            Weeks 7-13Clinical Esthetics                           Weeks 14-19
Mon9am - 4pmMonoffMonoff
Tue9am - 4pmTue9am - 4pmTue9am - 4pm
Wed9am - 4pmWed9am - 4pmWed9am - 4pm
Thu9am - 4pmThu9am - 4pmThu9am - 4pm
Fri9am - 4pmFri9am - 4pmFri9am - 4pm
SatoffSat9am - 4pmSat9am - 4pm
*Select Saturday hours to be determined at start of program.

Tuition & Payment

Tuition is all inclusive and includes a student kit with implements, uniforms, required curriculum for State licensing, as well as Makana’s proprietary protocols.


Payment Methods & Terms

Makana Academy accepts cash, certified/cashier’s check, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card).  Tuition payments made by credit card are subject to a 3.0% surcharge, which is not greater than our cost of acceptance.

Payment Plans

Student financing is an option available to all applicants with prior approval.  A Finance Fee of $50.00 will be charged for each tuition installment as outlined in the chart below. Once approved, your financing terms will remain in effect until you graduate and continue until your balance is paid in full.  Monthly agreement payments are due on the 1st day of each month.

Refund Policy

Refund policy is stated in our Student guidelines.

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Short Term Student Housing Links

Student Housing Links


Training Agreements

Training Agreements

We currently collaborate with the following agencies:

  • MYCAA - Financial Assistance for Spouses of Active Duty Military
  • ALU LIKE - Hana Lima Scholarship
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs – Native Hawaiian Loan Program
  • Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)

At Makana Esthetics Wellness Academy, we are committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. Makana Academy’s enrollment, instruction, certification and graduation policies do not discriminate.  Makana Academy will not tolerate discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, financial status, marital status, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. Makana Academy will take strict and immediate disciplinary action, including student dismissal, against any student acting prejudicial towards another student or school staff member.


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Join The Growing Spa Services Industry. Start Your Dream Career As An Esthetician.

institutionally-full-colorAn Esthetician is a licensed skin care professional who provides preventive care for the skin and offers treatments to keep the skin healthy and attractive. Estheticians are also trained to detect skin problems that may require medical attention.

  • Career Opportunities for License Estheticians
    • Professional Esthetician in a Resort Spa
    • Professional Esthetician in a Medical Spa or Day Spa
    • Professional Esthetician Specializing in Waxing or Sugaring Services
    • Professional Esthetician Specializing in Lash Artistry
    • Professional Esthetician Specializing in Makeup Artistry
    • Professional Esthetician as a Product Representative, Beauty Advisor for Skincare and Cosmetics Lines and Spa/Salon Business Owner

Educate. Nurture. Guide.


June 3, 2024

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