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

The address for Hale Manoa is 1711 East-West Road.

The address for Lincoln Hall is 1821 East-West Road.

Remember: Even if you will be staying in Hale Kuahine, you need to check-in at Hale Mānoa. And for clarity, indicate to the driver that Hale Manoa is on the UH Manoa campus.

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).

Taxi Service (website)
AMPCO Express is the managing contractor of the Airport’s Open Taxi System at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The state established this Airport Open Taxi Management system so taxi drivers from all taxi companies would be able to pick-up passengers at the airport. Taxi Service is available on the center median fronting the terminal baggage claim areas. See the taxi dispatchers (yellow shirts with black lettering, and the wording “TAXI DISPATCHER” for service. The fare from the airport to the East-West Center during non-rush hour periods is approximately $40.00-$50.00, plus a baggage charge of 50 cents per bag. Fare is by meter only.

For more information call:
AMPCO Express
(808) 861-8294

Roberts Hawaii Express Shuttle (website)
The Roberts Hawaii Express Shuttle provides affordable on demand island wide transfer services from the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) to your home, hotel, or office.

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.

Uber (website) and Lyft (website)
Uber and Lyft do exist in Hawaiʻi. As part of an extended 6-month pilot program, Uber and Lyft passengers may only catch rides from these services at designated areas of the Honolulu Airport. Please consult their respective websites for more information.

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.

Important Update (Sep. 2018):  For EWC participants who are not UH-enrolled students, you are required to have a Rainbow ID Shuttle Card to ride the shuttle. Rainbow Shuttle ID Cards Standard Operating Procedures on obtaining the card; if applying online, be sure to select “East-West Center” as your affiliation and if applying in person, bring your EWC ID card with you to present.

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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