Community Building Institute

Dear New Members of East-West Center ‘Ohana (family in Hawaiian),

Aloha and Welcome!

On behalf of the East-West Center Education Program, staff, and all of the current student participants, we welcome you to your new home in Hawai'i and to the East-West Center community. Soon, you will be meeting new and continuing student participants and staff members of the EWC. You will be joining a community of approximately 230 participants from more than 40 countries.

It is a tradition for all new participants to attend the Community Building Institute (CBI), where EWC staff, current participants, and special guests welcome you to the community and share with you the opportunities for engagement during your time at the Center. This year's CBI will take place Januaray 4 & 5, 2018.

A detailed Community Building Institute schedule is forthcoming. In the meantime, please visit the Participant Information website ( which contains links, documents, and practical tips intended for new and prospective participants to the East-West Center. We offer this site as a way to provide a concise and informative overview of the East-West Center and its community. Also, please enjoy browsing photos from the fall 2016 CBI (links below). We would like to once again welcome to the East-West Center and look forward to meeting each one of you soon!


Ann Hartman, Dean

2016 EWC Aloha Ceremony for new students (link to the official EWC photo album)

Kahana Valley Field Trip (link to photos taken by EWC former student fellow, Jeffrey Warner) 

New EWC students at the Fall 2017 Community Building Institute