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Listserv Info

The official listserv for the Education Program is  This listserv is used by Education Program staff to send official announcements.  All current fellows are included in the listserv. We send announcements about EWC sponsored speakers, seminars, travel/field study grants, fellowship competitions, EWC events, and community service opportunities.  Students cannot reply or post to this listserv as it is an announcement posting listserv only.  (Please note that when you complete your participation award at the EWC, your name and email will be removed from this list.)

The EWCPA listserv is  This unofficial and informal listserv is one of the ways that the EWC Participants Association facilitates sharing of information within the participant community (EWC staff do not have access to this listserv).  You can receive announcements, reply, and post announcements on this listserv. To join this listserv, please email the EWCPA board secretary and provide your name and email address.  This is an “Opt-In” listserv, meaning that you need to sign up in order to receive EWCPA listserv announcements.

Business Cards


At a later date, you will receive an announcement regarding how to place an order for an East-West Center business card if you should wish to purchase a box of business cards.

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Computer Room & Free Wi-Fi

There is a computer room for your use in Burns Hall 2086/87. The computer room is open 24 hours for you to check e-mail and access the Internet. There is a printer in the room; however, participants must provide your own paper during office hours.  The printer is not available for use after 4 PM.  In the spirit of sustainability and collegiality, please keep your printing to a minimum and keep the room clean.  Please do not bring non-EWC friends to use the computers.  The computers are strictly for the use of current EWC participants.  Free Wi-Fi is also available in Burns Hall for current EWC students.  Instructions on how to register are available here.

picture of the Computer Room on 2nd floor

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Fob Key

Access to Burns Hall is available 24 hours/day and 7 days a week with a fob key.  If you would like a FOB key, you may request one from the Education Program staff.  To use the key place it over the black plastic square to the left of the stairwell entry door in the front of Burns Hall. This stairwell entry is located to the right of the main entrance doors.  When you hear the buzzer sound you may open the door.  All fellows receiving a fob key must return it to EWC staff at the end of their award.  Failure to return the fob key or its loss and replacement will incur a charge of $10.


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A limited number of study carrels in John A. Burns Hall (JAB) are available for current EWC participants. Study carrels rooms are located in JAB 2034, 2046, and 2052. There are eight study carrels in each room. A desk, chair, and a bookshelf are provided in each study carrel. Click here for Further Information on study carrels and the application form.

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U.S. Postal Service (general website)
For sending letters and packages within the U.S. or internationally. For economical flat-rate options to ship items to your home country, click here to learn about USPS priority mail flat rate international shipping, which may be a more cost-effective way to ship your packages overseas. These boxes are available at the post office for no charge; however, you must purchase your own clear reinforced packing tape for securely sealing the box.

Moʻiliʻili Post Office (website)
Address:  2700 S. King Street, Suite B, Honolulu, HI 96826 (1 mile from the EWC)

Manoa Contract Postal Unit (website)
Address:  2754 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 7-101, Honolulu, HI 96822 (1.7 miles from the EWC)
Tel:  (808) 532-5689
Note:  This is not a full-service post office so only a select number of services are provided. Call in advance for information. 

Waikiki Post Office
Address:  330 Saratoga Road, Honolulu, HI 96815

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center (website)
Address:  2575 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel:  (808) 943-0005
Privately-run express mailing services and supplies for U.S. and international shipments, as well as Copy and Print, Signs and Graphics, and other services. Check the website for additional information.

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If you are housed in EWC Housing, you are eligible for an MSC (Mail Stop Code) number for your mail. You will receive your mailbox assignments/combinations in Burns Hall when you come for your ID photo if you have not already been assigned one.

Mailboxes at Hale Manoa

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East-West Center Research Information Service (RIS) (website)
Location:  East-West Center Burns Hall, 4th floor
Reference Desk Tel.: (808) 944-7345
Hours: Monday-Friday from 8am-12noon
RIS is the library for the East-West Center, which supports the Center’s research, education, and professional development activities. The collection managed by RIS features a current and interdisciplinary coverage of selected social, cultural, political, and economic development issues in Asia and the Pacific region. The library is located on the 4th floor of Burns Hall.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library (website)
Your East-West Center photo ID also serves as your UH library card, allowing participants to check out books, audiovisual materials, and other publications for free. Hamilton and Sinclair libraries are the two main library buildings but some UH Mānoa Colleges also have smaller departmental libraries. More details, including checkout procedures, material availability, and hours are available online via the links above.

Hawaiʻi Public Library System (website)
Hawaiʻi residents and military personnel can obtain a FREE library card, which will allow you to borrow books and other library materials, at any Hawaiʻi public library. Adult applicants must present a current ID and proof of mailing address if it is not listed on the ID. Minors (below eighteen) must have their applications co-signed by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian must present a current ID and proof of mailing address. The library branch locations closest to the East-West Center are:

Mānoa Public Library (website)
2716 Woodlawn Dr.
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 988-0459

McCully-Moʻiliʻili Library (website)
2211 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 973-1099

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Telephone/Fax/Prepaid SIM cards

Bringing a phone from home and want to know if it’ll work with the networks in the US? Use this website to find out.

Phone instructions while at the East-West Center (PDF)
Information about making long-distance calls and faxes while at the East-West Center.

Prepaid sim cards and plans from T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint are also available at Walmart and other locations in Honolulu. Check the websites to learn more about available plans from each carrier.



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English and Hawaiian are the official state languages. At one time, the number of Hawaiian speakers had greatly diminished, but a tremendous renaissance of Hawaiian culture has taken place over the past generation or two. Hawaiʻi Creole English (locally referred to as ‘Pidgin’) is the native language of many born-and-raised residents and is a second language for many other residents. After English, other popular languages are Tagalog, Japanese, Ilokano, and Chinese.

Hawaiian Words You Will Often Hear (doc)
Select words in the Hawaiian language that you may commonly hear while at the East-West Center and Hawaiʻi.

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Financial Services

There are several major banks in Honolulu that offer saving, checking, ATM, and other  financial services. Currently, there are no national U.S. banks in the state of Hawaiʻi; however, if you have an account at a national U.S. bank, you will be able to use local bank ATM. Here is a list of some major banks whose branches and ATMs are close to the UH Manoa campus:

American Savings Bank (Website)
UH Campus branch
(808) 973-6211
Campus Road, Hemenway Hall
Mon-Thurs 8:00am – 4:00pm
Fri 8:00am – 5:00pm

Mānoa branch
(808) 988-7042
East Manoa Road, Manoa Marketplace
Mon-Fri 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sat 9:00am – 1:00pm

McCully-Young branch
(808) 973-2045
McCully Street
Mon-Fri 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sat 9:00am – 1:00pm

Bank of Hawaiʻi  (Website)
University branch
(808) 973-4460  
1010 University Avenue
Mon – Thu   8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Fri 8:30a.m. – 6:00p.m.

Mānoa Branch
(808) 988-6224
Woodlawn Drive, #5-100, Manoa Marketplace
Mon – Thu   8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Fri 8:30a.m. – 6:00p.m.
Sat  9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.

Longs Drugs Moʻiliʻili in-store branch
(808) 973-4460
2470 South King Street
Mon – Fri 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  
Sat & Sun 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  

Central Pacific Bank (Website)
Beretania branch
(808) 594-7400
1338 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96814-1512
Mon – Thu 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Fri 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Don Quijote in-store branch
(808) 973-6175
801 Kaheka Street
Honolulu, HI 96814-3725
Mon – Fri 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
(select) holidays 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Mānoa branch
(808) 544-5460
2851 East Mānoa Road,
Suite 1-100
Honolulu, HI 96822-1858
Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

First Hawaiian Bank (Website)
University branch
(808) 525-7841
2411 South King Street
Mon – Thu   8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Fri 8:30a.m. – 6:00p.m.
Sat  9:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Mānoa Branch
(808) 973-6481
2752 Woodlawn Drive
Mon – Thu  8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Fri  8:30a.m. – 6:00p.m.
Sat  9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.

University of Hawaiʻi Federal Credit Union (Website)
UH Mānoa Campus Branch
(808) 983-5500
2010 East West Road
Mon – Fri   8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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