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.


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.

Moilili 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.

Telephone/Fax/Prepaid SIM cards

Tel Fax 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.

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

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