Important: If you have a medical emergency or require immediate assistance due to an accident or injury, please call 911 and, if possible, notify your EWC program coordinator. In addition, if the resources outlined below do not accommodate your needs, please talk with your EWC program Coordinator. The EWC may have resources that can help.

During regular business hours

University Health Services Mānoa (website)
Address:  (on campus) 1710 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848
Tel.:  (808) 956-8965
Hours:  Monday through Friday, 8am – 4pm (subject to change – double-check website prior to visit)
Physicians and nurses provide medical care for illnesses and injuries by appointment and by walk-in. The clinic is located on campus directly across from the East-West Center. Physicians and nurses provide medical care for illnesses and injuries by appointment and by walk-in for UH students, faculty, and staff. Check with your EWC program coordinator ahead of time to verify whether you are permitted to use the clinic’s services. Services include immunizations, travel counseling, allergy shots, and physical exams; a clinical laboratory provides testing and the pharmacy stocks prescription and over-the-counter medications.

After business hours, weekends and holidays

Straub Doctors On Call – Waikiki (website)
Address:  2255 Kalākaua Ave. (inside the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Manor Wing #1)
Tel.:  (808) 971-6000
Hours:  Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, 7am – 11pm
Directions:  From campus, take TheBus route #13 to the corner of Kuhio Ave. and Seaside Ave. Walk one block to Royal Hawaiian Ave. Then walk toward the ocean on Royal Hawaiian Ave. to the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.
The clinic does not provide emergency services. It does, however, provide urgent care/walk-in access.MinuteClinic (website)
Address:  (inside CVS/pharmacy) 2470 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel:  1-866-389-ASAP (2727)
Hours:  M-F 8:30am-7:30pm (lunch 1-2pm) / Sa 9am-5:30pm (lunch 1-1:30pm)/ Su 10am-5:30pm (lunch break 1-1:30pm)
Visit the website for information about medical services provided, insurance and payment plans accepted, and to check current hours of operation.Urgent Care (Straub Hospital)
Address: 888 S King Street (Entrance to urgent care on Ward Avenue facing Thomas Square Park)
Honolulu, HI 96813

Holiday hours may vary, please call ahead for details.

Major hospitals with 24-hour emergency rooms and with physician specialists

  • Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women & Children:  808-983-6000
  • Kuakini Medical Center:  808-536-2236
  • Queen’s Medical Center:  808-538-9011
  • Saint Francis Medical:  808-547-6011
  • Straub Clinic & Hospital:  808-522-4000

Bring your insurance ID card and a picture ID card with you to all medical appointments. Note:  If you need to see a physician specialist (e.g., dermatologist, neurologist) and do not know one in Honolulu, the easiest method may be to request a referral from one of the staff physicians at the University Health clinic or Straub Doctors on Call.

Health Insurance

A few points about health insurance coverage are noted below. If you have questions, you may contact your current health insurance provider in the U.S. or your EWC program coordinator.

  • International visitors who are in the U.S. on a J-1 visa are all required to have a minimum level of health insurance coverage. See the “Insurance” section of the EWC J-1 Visitor webpage for complete information.

Dental Care

You’re encouraged to take care of your dental health before coming to the U.S. since the dental services here tend to be very expensive. Your health insurance, if paid for by the East-West Center, does not include dental care. You may upgrade your health insurance plan to cover dental care at your own expense.

For more information on medical and dental needs and recommended services, please see Medical & Dental Resources (doc).


UHM Warrior Recreation Center (website)
Location:  upper campus at Campus Center Courtyard adjacent to the bookstore. Additional facilities, swimming pool, and sports fields at 1337 Lower Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822.

The Warrior Recreation Center is a fully equipped fitness center (see website for comprehensive list) to provide students an opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle. The facility is free for enrolled UHM students. EWC faculty and students can purchase a monthly membership (see links below).

Important: a valid UH student ID or temporary guest pass is required at University of Hawaii-Manoa (UHM) Athletic Facilities. See below for how to obtain a guest pass and pay the membership fee.UHM Outdoor Classes (website)
For a nominal fee to UHM students, faculty and staff, and guests, classes include beginning surfing, stand-up paddling, body boarding, kayaking, sailing, hiking, SCUBA, and snorkeling. In addition, outdoor and sports equipment is available for rent. EWCPA Sports Equipment
Sports equipment for badminton, table tennis, volleyball, soccer, etc. is available for EWC participants to borrow at Hale Hālāwai. Use your fob key to access the building.