Getting Around

This page includes links to maps and transportation options for the East-West Center, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and surrounding areas.

Important Note:  Hawaii State Law mandates strict fines for drivers who use cellphones while driving ($250; $300 if in a school or construction zone) as well as for pedestrians who are caught “jaywalking” (walking across the street unlawfully in violation of traffic rules; $130). Since October 2017, “Distracted walking” has become illegal in Honolulu, which bars pedestrians from viewing handheld (or portable) mobile devices while crossing a street. Fines: $15 to $99 depending on number of previous infractions.
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East-West Center Campus Map (website)
The Center’s 21-acre Honolulu campus, adjacent to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is located midway between Asia and the U.S. mainland and features research, residential, and international conference facilities.

University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus Map (website)
An interactive, searchable map to find university buildings and retrieve detailed walking directions. A printable version of the UH campus map (PDF) is also available.

Travel maps of Oahu (website)
Free printable (jpg.) travel maps of Oahu including Waikiki, Honolulu, North Shore, and Central, Leeward, and Windward O‘ahu regions

Google Maps (website)
A free service provided by Google, you can use the website to find walking, driving, and bus directions. Click “Get Directions” on the lefthand side of the page and enter your starting and destination addresses to get detailed directions and maps. See these tutorial videos for more how-to.

Airport Transportation

General information about airport transportation (website)
There are many transportation services available for you to choose from (including SpeediShuttle, pre-arranged ground transportation, taxi, city bus) that will take you from the Honolulu International Airport (HNL), aka Daniel K. Inouye International Airport to the East-West Center.  The EWC is approximately 9 miles away (20-30 minutes by car).

SpeediShuttle (website)
SpeediShuttle provides affordable on-demand door to door service from the airport to your home, office or hotel and departs within 20 minutes of check-in at the designated pickup zone.

Reliable Shuttle (website)
Another shuttle company providing affordable on-demand door to door service from the airport.

Roberts Hawaii (website)
Roberts Hawaii also provides affordable shuttle service from the HNL airport to many hotels in the Waikiki area.

Getting to and from Manoa

TheBus (website)
The public bus service for the island of Oahu, including Honolulu and Waikiki Beach. Student Pass, UPASS, can be obtained at UH-Manoa Campus Center for free (a valid UH ID is required).  You will be provided a UPASS sticker on your UHID. Students from  Law, Medical, and Outreach College will need to purchase an OPT-In UPASS for $125/semester.

Effective: 10/1/2017
1-Day Pass $5.00
Ask your bus operator for the 1-Day Pass before placing your money in the farebox.
Valid 12:00 a.m. – 2: 59 a.m. the next day, for up to 27 hours of unlimited rides.

STARTING 10/1/2017, riders who need to transfer may purchase a 1-Day Pass on the bus good for rides all day.

Download DaBus app (Andriod/iOS) for your smartphone for real-time arrival and stop search.

Bicycling is a convenient, healthy, and “green” alternative to driving to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Bike parking on campus is free and, with more than 50 bike rack locations, allows much closer access to your destination than parking lots.

Below is the time-lapse video taken by Joe Larsen during his bike ride on the King Street protected bike lane.

Car (website)
For long-term participants not enrolled at the University of Hawaiʻi, a visitor parking pass is available for $75/month. Contact your EWC program coordinator to submit a parking pass request through the EWC Housing office. Short-term car rentals — available for pick-up on campus — is also available through the Enterprise Carshare program.

Free Campus Shuttle (website)
The popular Rainbow Shuttle is a free service provided to UHM students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Shuttles are air-conditioned and seat 28 passengers. The shuttle system consists of multiple routes, which travel through the campus and the neighboring vicinity. The Rainbow Shuttle operates Monday through Friday during the day and some evening hours.

Free Shopping Shuttle by EWCPA
EWCPA also runs a shuttle program which provides free rides between Hale Manoa and Walmart, Don Quijote and Chinatown every weekend. The signup sheet is available on the EWCPA listserv. Subscribe to the listserv for the updates and schedules.

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