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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. Announcements from the Education Program will primarily come from Please check your junk mail or make sure that permissions are set to receive messages from this account. All current students are included in the listserv. Students cannot reply or send messages to this listserv as it is an announcement posting listserv only. The Education Program sends important notices about program policies, emergent issues, and time sensitive actions regarding your award as well as announcements about EWC speakers, seminars, travel/field study grants, fellowship competitions, volunteer service opportunities, and EWC events and activities. Please use an email address that you check regularly so you do not miss any critical announcements. If you would like to change the email address being used for this list, please notify Mona Nakihei ( or your Program Coordinator. (Please note that when you complete your participation/award at the EWC, your name and email is removed from this list.)

The EWCPA listserv is This listserv is one of the ways that the EWC Participants Association facilitates sharing of information within the EWCPA community. Students can receive announcements, reply, and post announcements on this listserv. If you want to be added, please email 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. You may also opt out at any time by following the instructions at the bottom of emails sent via the listserv.

The EWCPA has also started a new slack community at As an EWC participant, you will be automatically added to the EWCPA Slack Channel. Please check your email to accept the invitation. You must accept the invitation to activate your participation in the Slack Channel.

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Computer/Printer Stations

Computers and printer stations are located in each residence hall (Hale Mānoa and Hale Kuahine) for student use 24/7. Participants must provide their own paper for printing.  In the spirit of sustainability and collegiality, please keep your printing to a minimum and keep the space clean. Please do not bring non-EWC friends to use the computers/printers. The computers are strictly for the use of current EWC participants. There is also a computer room for your use in Burns Hall 2086/87 during normal EWC office hours from 7:45-4:30. Currently printing is not available there.

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Hale Hālāwai

Hale Hālāwai is a space designated primarily as a student gathering spaces. Students may access it at any time during the hours of 8:00am-1:00am by checking out a key from the Hale Mānoa front desk. It can be reserved on a limited basis for events and activities that are inclusive of the entire student community. Please see Hale Hālāwai Approved Uses and Hale Hālāwai Rules and Usage for more details.

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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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