Visitor Information
New students gather in the Japanese garden behind Jefferson Hall
Incoming graduate students gather in the Japanese garden behind Jefferson Hall. The international dorm Hale Manoa rises at the left.

The East-West Center is located in Honolulu, Hawai'i, three miles from Waikiki and adjacent to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The Center’s lush 21-acre campus includes conference facilities three residence halls and office building housing research, program, and administrative activities. The Center campus is the location for collaborative educational, capacity-building, and research programs that bring together graduate students and professional participants from throughout Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. A video about the East-West Center, architect I.M. Pei's vision of its buildings, and the legacy of the Center can be found here. A video highlighting the East-West Center experience, about the meaning to students of their experience at the Center, is located here.


East-West Center Campus Special Features

JEFFERSON HALL, home to the Hawai'i Imin International Conference Center: Designed by the acclaimed Modernist architect I.M. Pei, Jefferson Hall was built in 1963. In 1984, through community efforts, its interior was renovated to create an international conference facility. Today it hosts many events, including an annual international conference of graduate students hosted by the Center's own student community.

EAST-WEST CENTER GALLERY – The Gallery on the first floor of John A. Burns Hall features exhibitions of art and other cultural manifestations of the region.

JAPANESE GARDEN – Located behind the Conference Center, this serene garden was the gift of a group of Japanese businessmen and the result of a 1963 East-West Center project on landscape architecture that involved specialists from Asia, the Pacific and the United States.

JAPANESE TEAHOUSE – Traditional tea ceremonies are held at the teahouse, overlooking the Japanese Garden.

THAI PAVILION – The pavilion, or sala, was a gift from King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand who dedicated the original structure in 1967. The sala, deteriorated from age and climate conditions, was reconstructed in 2006 under the auspices of His Majesty and rededicated in 2008 by his and Queen Sirikit's daughter, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Take a walking tour! Walking Tour maps are free and available next to the large, mounted campus maps displayed in the lobbies of Burns Hall and Lincoln Hall.


Maps: Getting around and to the East-West Center

Click here to view a detailed map of the East-West Center campus. Or, click to learn more about the East-West Center Building (BURNS Hall), Hawaii Imin International Conference Center ( at JEFFERSON Hall), and Hale Manoa dorm.

Click on this link to view a map of the East-West Center campus as it relates to the campus of the adjacent University of Hawai'i.

For a Google map of the Center within Honolulu, including driving instructions to the East-West Center (Burns Hall), use this map. Burns Hall is located on the corner of Dole Street and East-West Road.

For driving instructions to EWC's Imin Center (Jefferson Hall), use this map.

For East-West Center in Washington, D.C., please see this page.


Please see our Housing Frequently Asked Questions for additional tips about getting to East-West Center.

East-West Center
1601 East West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848


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