Hoʻomānea ʻŌiwi Tuition Assistance


We are excited to announce that we are now offering Hoʻomānea ʻŌiwi.

Hoʻomānea ʻŌiwi is an Employment & Training Program offered through Alu Like for Native Hawaiians, American Indians & Alaska Natives to provide educational & tuition assistance up to $1,000.


  1. Native Hawaiian, American Indian or Alaska Native (verification of ethnicity required)
  2. Age 18 or older
  3. One of the following:
  • Unemployed
  • Underemployed
    • Working part-time but seeking full-time employment
    • Working in employment not up to level of education/skills.
  • Low Income
  • Selective Service verification (all males age 18-25)
  • 1st Priority-Veterans & Eligible Spouses of Veterans

Please contact Alu Like today to apply!

Alu Like
Hale O Nā Limahana
2969 Mapunapuna Place, Suite 200
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: 535-6700

La Mer Featured in Nails Magazine


We are excited to announce that our school was featured in February issue of Nails Magazine. :)

Nails Magazine interviewed us about our manicure/pedicure massage we teach at our school. It was such an honor and we were glad we could share our views with a national magazine. We hope it can help professionals to become more successful.

We incorporate reflexology, lymphatic drainage & shiatsu into our manicure/pedicure massage. Those techniques work well together and leave a positive impression on customers. It also differentiates our graduated from other nail technicians. ;)

If you are a licensed professional who is interested in learning, we offer 3hr manicure/pedicure massage class on available Saturdays.  Please email info@lamernail.com or call 808.587.6155 to sign up for class. We look forward to hearing from you!


English not your first language?

Being in Hawaii, our class is always a melting pot of culture.

We have had many students who are not native speakers of English.
Our staff & instructors speak English, Japanese & some Chinese, and we try our best to help our students understand using dictionaries & other means, too.

Even though there may be obstacles in learning process, all of our students who graduated passed the state exam on the first try. Many students were not sure if they could because they did not speak English well, but through repetition, we helped them remember the important points.

If you are committed to learning, we will do our best to help! :) 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. You can call us at 808.587.6155 or email us at info@lamernail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!


Wax & Paraffin Treatment


Our very first day class of 2016 started last week.
They are already learning wax & paraffin treatment! :)

Did you know that nail technicians are only allowed to touch from the elbow down & knee down?

You have to be a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist to be able to perform face or other body part waxing service at a salon.

Since paraffin treatment is not common nowadays, some students see and experience it for the first time in class. Paraffin treatment originated from a medical treatment to alleviate arthritis pain and other symptoms.

It moisturizes and increases blood circulation. Feels pretty good, too! ;) 


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. :)

Our very first night class of 2016 started on January 4.
It's always fun and exciting when a new class starts.

We realize that students are very nervous during the first week of class, not knowing what to expect.
We try our best to ease their nerves, but they are usually still a little tense.

A couple weeks into the class, we start to see smiles and laughter fills up the classroom which makes us extremely happy! :) Then we begin to see their personalities which allows us to get to know each other a little better.

Our first day class of 2016 is starting on January 21.
We can't wait to meet our first day students of 2016!



Licensing Exam - 100% Pass Rate!


It has been 1.5 years since our school opened and we have an exciting news we'd like to share!

Graduates from our Nail Technician Training Course, who have taken the State Licensing Exam have all passed on the first attempt and become Hawaii State Licensed Nail Technicians!

We strive to provide our students with quality education & training and this 100% pass rate is an indication that we are moving in the right direction!

Mahalo to all the students who worked hard and kept this amazing success rate up.
We will keep working hard to provide our students the best education possible! :)


3-day program


We recently had a group of students from a school in Japan visit us. They participated in a 3-day course where they took a written exam..

practical exams...

and had their first experience working on actual customers.

For some of them, this was their first time in Hawaii.  Thankfully the weather was nice for the days they were here!

Our students and graduates came and helped us out as there was a lot to be done in a short amount of time. They also had a chance to interact with people from a different country that were studying in the same field.

Mahalo nui loa to the customers, students and graduates who volunteered their time on a weekday morning.  We truly appreciate everyone's support. We couldn't have done it without you guys!!


Asia Nail Festival in Osaka


La Mer staff went to Osaka, Japan to attend Asia Nail Festival on July 11!
We were so excited to see all the latest products and top nail technicians in Japan.

There were some of our favorite nail technicians on main stage doing seminars and showing their latest technique.

And there were so many people, but we managed to visit every booth!
We cannot wait to share all the new techniques and trend with our students!! :)


Hand Paint Art

Every student has something they excel in.

We try to find what they are and help them refine their skill. This helps them stand out from a very crowded industry with a style of their own.

One of our students excelled in detailed hand paint like lace and flower.

We challenged her to use her skill to draw her favorite characters.

And more detailed one...

It's fun and at the same time it broadened her ideas of what she could do with her skills! :)  And it is very rewarding for us as well!


Kid's Nail


Hope everyone had a nice & relaxing Mother's Day.

One of the inquiries we receive often is "Do you do kid's nail at Student Salon?"
Yes, we do! We actually love having little princes & princesses at our salon. :)

It's a very good practice for our students, too.
And it's priceless to see little faces light up!

So, let us know if you'd like to bring your little ones to your next appointment. The price starts at $7 for hand & $12 for feet.

You can make an appointment from our Student Salon page or by calling 808.587.6155.
We look forward to hearing from you!





All of our January day class graduated this week.
We are extremely happy and excited for their new chapter to begin in their lives!

And a little sad that we won't get to see them everyday... : ( BUT!

It's the day that makes us most proud that all of their hard work paid off.

After you receive your certificate from us, Mr. Mark (our Administrative Director) walks you through the steps to apply for the state exam & temporary permit.

He will help you fill out the forms and answer any questions you may have.

Some students are unsure what they want to do after graduation or want to take a little break before starting their new career as a nail technician.

If that's the case, you can contact or visit us when you know and we are happy to help you with job placement.

If you have any questions about admission to our school, please contact us from Contact page or call us at 808.587.6155. Mr. Mark will be more than happy to assist you. :)


Friends & Family Day


Friends & Family Day is the day we invite our students' friends & family to come in for free services. Students get to practice on someone besides their classmates and experience what it's like to work in a salon environment before taking customers in our Student Salon.

Our students' confidence level rises and they are able to show off their newly acquired skills to those closest to them! : )

Student Salon is now open Mon - Fri 10am - 9pm. Please make your appointment from Student Salon page or by calling 808.587.6155.

We look forward to hearing from you!


1st Anniversary!


This coming March will make 1 year since our school opened!
We couldn't have done it without our family, friends, students and loyal salon customers' help and support.

To show our appreciation, for the month of March, we'll be giving away 25% off coupons for student salon customers to use on their next visit.

Also, 10% off on all retail items. Please take advantage of this offer!

Mahalo nui loa!! : )


Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a great holiday!

The very first 2015 day & night class is starting on January 15 & we are excited!
Enrollment deadline is January 9, so if you are interested, please email or fax your application & tuition forms to 808.587.6163 to secure your spot!

We also have all the Vetro gel brushes back in stock & some new exciting products.

Our students & graduates receive 15% off on all of our retail products & student salon service! Just come on by anytime to check them out. :)