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.

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.

Bring your insurance ID card and a picture ID card with you to all in-person 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. Click to expand the items listed below:

Clinics and Hospitals

University Health Services Manoa (0.2 mi)
1710 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii  96822
Hours of Operation:   Monday – Friday:  8:00AM – 4:00PM
Telephone:  1-808-956-8965 | Fax:  1-808-956-3583
After Hours Medical Care:  1-808-956-8965

The University Health Services Manoa is a General Medical & Specialty Clinic.  It also provides Immunizations, Laboratory, Pharmacy, and Travel Medicine.
Specialty Clinic:  1-808-956-6221
Pharmacy:  1-808-956-3576

Kaiser Permanente – Honolulu Medical Office (2.5 mi)
1010 Pensacola Street
Honolulu, Hawaii  96814
Hours of Operation:  Monday – Friday:  8:00AM – 5:00PM
Telephone:  1-808-432-2000

For injuries or illnesses requiring prompt treatment (but not a medical emergency), call for same-day appointment in Family Medicine, Pediatrics, or Internal Medicine.  You can also schedule online at  Emergency, Urgent care, and After-hours Care is available at the Moanalua Medical Center (8.4 mi).

Note:  Kaiser Permanente has convenient ways to get care in Hawaii.  You can receive a medical appointment through Telehealth or In-person.  To access all your online care options, log in or create a account.

Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children (1.9 mi)
(An affiliate of Hawaii Pacific Health)
1319 Punahou Street
Honolulu, Hawaii  96826
Hours of Operation & Emergency Room:  Open 24 hours
Telephone:  1-808-983-6000


Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children ensures the care of Hawaii’s women and children.  Specialty services include: 24-hour emergency pediatric care, maternal-fetal medicine and women’s health services.

Note:  Telehealth and in-person appointments can be made online through

For more information on updates, visit

Longs Drugs (CVS Pharmacy) – Minute Clinic (1.3 mi)
2470 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Hours of Operation: 
Mon – Wed:  8:30AM – 1:00PM & 2:00PM – 7:30PM
Fri:  8:30AM – 1:00PM & 2:00PM – 7:30PM
Sat:  9:00AM – 1:00PM & 1:30PM – 5:30PM
Sun:  9:00AM – 1:00PM & 1:30PM – 4:30PM

Telephone:  1-808-947-2651

Note:  Minute Clinic is a walk-in clinic located inside Longs Drugs (CVS Pharmacy) which offers services similar to urgent care.  In-person appointments may be made by visiting their website.

Planned Parenthood – Honolulu Health Center (2.7 mi)
839 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Hours of Operation:  Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat:  8:00AM – 4:00PM
Thur:  10:00AM – 6:00PM
Telephone:  1-808-769-0045 | Fax: 1-206-788-8339


Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education.

Straub Medical Center (3.1 mi)
(An affiliate of Hawaii Pacific Health)
888 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii  96814
Hours of Operation & Emergency Room:  Open 24 hours
Telephone:  1-808-522-4000


Virtual Urgent Care phone number: (808) 824-5237.

Straub Medical Center is home to the Pacific only multi-disciplinary burn treatment center.  Straub brings in new technologies and innovative medical practices to Hawaii, such as minimally invasive cardiac surgery, total joint replacement, and vascular surgery.

Note:  Telehealth and in-person appointments can be made online through

For more information on Covid 19 updates, visit

The Queen’s Medical Center (3.3 mi)
1301 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813
Hours of Operation and Emergency Room: Open 24 hours
Telephone:  1-808-691-1000


Located in downtown Honolulu, Queen’s serves as the major referral center for cancer, heart disease, neuroscience, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine and behavioral health, and has the only organ transplantation program in the State of Hawaii.  Queen’s is also the state’s designated trauma center – – the first and only Level I trauma center in Hawaii.

Note:  Request an appointment via Telehealth or In-person: 808-691-8200.

Urgent Care

If you think you have been exposed to COVID‑19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Queen’s Island Urgent Care – Kapahulu (2.9 mi)
449 Kapahulu Avenue, Suite 104
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Hours of Operation:  Monday – Friday:  8:00AM – 8:00PM
Sunday – Saturday:  8:00AM – 8:00PM
Telephone:  808-735-0007


Island Urgent Care Kapahulu provides care for minor emergencies including allergic reactions, asthma, cough/cold, dehydration, flu, fractures, migraines, pre-employment physicals, school/sports, sprains/strains, stitches.

Note:  No appointment needed.  All walk-ins are welcome.

Straub Medical Center – Doctors on Call – Sheraton Waikiki (2.8 mi)
2255 Kalakaua Avenue
Manor Wing #1
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Hours of Operation:  Sunday – Saturday (including holidays):  10:00AM – 8:00PM
Telephone:  1-808-971-6000 | Fax:  1-808-971-6041


Open daily, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.  Straub Medical Center- Doctors on Call at Sheraton Waikiki offer a broad range of non-emergency medical care, including diagnosis and treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, laboratory services and X-ray.

Note:  No emergency services.  If you believe you have an emergency, call 911 or go immediately to the closest hospital emergency room.

Straub Medical Center-Ward Village Clinic & Urgent Care (3.4 mi)
1001 Queen Street, Suite 102
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Primary Care Hours:  Monday – Friday:  8:00AM – 6:00PM
Urgent Care Hours:  Monday – Sunday:  10:00AM – 8:00PM
Telephone:  1-808-462-5200 | Fax:  1-808-462-5299


Straub Medical Center – Ward Village Clinic & Urgent Care brings convenient, high-quality, personalized health care to the people living and working in this community.

Note:  No emergency services.  If you believe you have an emergency, call 911 or go immediately to the closest hospital emergency room.

Straub Virtual Urgent Care
Hours of Operation:  Monday – Sunday:  8:00AM – 8:00PM

Through Straub Virtual Urgent Care, you have access to physician consultation, diagnosis, treatment and prescription refills for a broad range of non-emergency conditions.


Over the counter medications are made available at all locations.  Prescription medication must be referred to by a medical professional.

CVS Pharmacy – Longs Drugs Manoa (1.6 mi)
2750 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Hours of Operation for Pharmacy:  Monday – Sunday:  7:00AM – 9:00PM
Telephone:  1-808-2151

Sign-up or log-in online on your CVS account to receive prescription delivery and pre-sorted Rx packs:

Kaiser Permanente – Honolulu Medical Office (2.5 mi)
1010 Pensacola Street, 1st Floor
Honolulu, Hawaii  96814
Hours of Operation for Pharmacy:  Monday – Friday:  8:00AM – 8:00PM / Saturday:  8:00AM – 5:00PM
Information & 24-hour Prescription Refill:  1-808-432-2000 or 1-808-643-7979

Members can refill online or by using mail order services at  Prescriptions can be delivered at home or pick-up at a pharmacy near you through your account account.

Pharmacare Hawaii – Kapiolani Medical Center (1.8 mi)
1319 Punahou Street
Honolulu, Hawaii  96826
(Located on the first floor near the elevators to the Physicians Office Tower)
Hours of Operation:  Monday – Friday:  8:30AM – 5:00PM / Saturday:  8:30AM – 2:00PM
Telephone:  1-808-840-5670 | Fax: 1-808-973-1400


Note:  Contact Pharmacare Hawaii at 808-840-5620 for more information on home delivery prescription.

Mental Health Services

Counseling & Student Development Center (0.4 mi)
2600 Campus Rd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Queen Liliuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 312
Honolulu, HI 96822

Hours of Operation:  Monday – Friday: 8:00AM – 4:30PM
Telephone:  1-808-956-7927

Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) serves the mental health needs of students at UH Manoa.  Services include clinical counseling and assessment services, crisis intervention, and psychiatry, outreach, consultation and peer fellows.

Note:  In order to prevent spread of infection, the CSDC encourages students who are sick or not feeling well to avoid coming into the CSDC for services.  Rather, students are encouraged to contact the CSDC by phone and our staff will help the student arrange for appropriate services if they are unable to come in.

Other Resources

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call or chat:  1-800-273-8255

Hawaiʻi Text Hotline
Text ALOHA to 741741

Crisis Line of Hawaiʻi
Call:  808-832-3100

Other Mental Health Resources
Website for college mental health:

Dental Considerations and Services

You are strongly encouraged to take care of your dental health before coming to the U.S. since the dental services here tend to be very expensive and your health insurance, if paid for by the East-West enter, does not include dental care (if interested in dental insurance, you may consider UH’s student plan through HMSA, to which Dental coverage can be added). Below are some other dental clinic options for low-income individuals:

Aloha Medical Mission (3.9 mi)
200 N. Vineyard Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Hours of Operation:  Mon – Fri:  8:00AM – 4:00PM

Telephone:  1-808-947-3400 | Fax: 1-808-847-3400

Services Provided:  Exams, cleanings, fillings and extractions.

Note:  This is a free dental service available to low-income individuals.  A picture ID must be brought showing evidence of your last 3 months of income such as monthly stipend or pay stubs.

Kalihi-Palama Health Center – Dental Clinic (4.9 mi)
915 North King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Hours of Operation:  Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri:  8:00AM – 5:00PM
Wed:  8:00PM – 7:00PM
Telephone:  1-808-845-0686


Services Provided:  Comprehensive oral exams, cleanings, dentures, infection control, consultation, basic restorative care (fillings, crowns), and urgent care.  In addition, certain oral surgery and root canal therapy, and referral assistance for specialty care (e.g., wisdom teeth removal, implants, root canal therapy, braces, periodontal/gum surgery).

Note:  This is a dental service available to low-income individuals.  Emergency “walk-ins” are accepted for people in pain.  However, you need to arrive by 7:45AM or you will likely be unable to see a dentist that day.  A picture ID must be brought showing evidence of your last 3 months of income such as monthly stipend/pay stubs, current tax return, or bank account statements showing monthly income deposits.  From this information the clinic will determine the cost of services provided to you.

Waikiki Health Medical & Dental – Makahiki (1.7 mi)
935 Makahiki Way
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
Hours of Operation:  Mon-Fri:  8:00AM – 6:30PM

Telephone:  1-808-922-4787


Services Provided:  Exams, x-rays, cleanings, dietary counseling, oral cancer screening, fillings, root canal therapy, oral surgery, crowns and bridges, dentures and partials, pediatric dental care, periodontal therapy and emergency care.

Note:  Patients should call ahead to schedule an appointment.  Same day appointments may be available.  Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurance plans are accepted.  A sliding fee scale is available for patients without insurance.  Please speak with a patient service representative for further 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


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.