Please note that many if not all of the services below are affected in some way by COVID19 state and county mandates. The websites of each service detailed below should be consulted before utilizing their services, as some may be temporarily suspended or may have altered operations or requirements for patrons. For on-campus transport and commuter services, for example, check their website for COVID 19 updates.
This page includes links to maps and transportation options for the East-West Center, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and surrounding areas.
Important Note: Hawaiʻi 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.
For more information, visit http://handsfreeinfo.com/hawaii-cell-phone-laws-legislation/.
East-West Center Campus Map (website)
The Center’s 21-acre Honolulu campus, adjacent to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, is located midway between Asia and the U.S. mainland and features research, residential, and international conference facilities.
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 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.
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 left hand 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.
The address for Hale Mānoa 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 Mānoa is on the UH Mānoa 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:
Roberts Hawaiʻi 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 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. Uber and Lyft passengers may only catch rides from designated areas of the Honolulu Airport. Pickup areas include Terminal 1 – formerly the Interisland Terminal – across from Lobby 2; Terminal 2 – formerly the Overseas Terminal – across from Lobby 8.; and the second level center median outside Lobby 5. Please consult their respective websites for more information.
Getting to and from Mānoa
The public bus service for the island of Oʻahu, including Honolulu and Waikiki Beach. Student Pass, UPASS, can be obtained at UH-Mānoa 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: 1/1/2018 (Check The Bus website for updated rates)
1-Day Pass $5.50, Monthly pass $70.00 (children under 5 ride free with adult).
Ask your bus operator for the 1-Day Pass before placing your money in the farebox. (Note that no change is given; drivers cannot break large bills).
Valid 12:00 a.m. – 2: 59 a.m. the next day, for up to 27 hours of unlimited rides.
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.
Biki> (Honolulu’s growing bikeshare program) has docks on upper (including Hamilton library and Campus Center) and lower campus and all throughout downtown, Waikiki, Makiki, and Kakaʻako (credit card required). Read more about rates and updates here.
Below is the time-lapse video taken by Joe Larsen during his bike ride on the King Street protected bike lane.
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.
For EWC participants who are not UH-enrolled students, you are required to have a Rainbow ID Shuttle Card to ride the shuttle. Starting Fall 2019, there will be a new card scanning system, and current card holders need to re-register online (via this link) and exchange old cards for new ones between Septmber 9 and 27, 2019. Old cards can be exchanged for new cards at the office (QLC R014–ground level). Please refer to Rainbow Shuttle ID Cards Standard Operating Procedures for how to obtain 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 Mānoa 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.