EWC Coronavirus Response


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The East-West Center is following local public health orders currently in effect.

Public access to all EWC offices and buildings is suspended until further notice. All EWC in-person events have been cancelled or postponed for the time being, and all non-essential staff are being required to work from home. These measures apply to both the Center’s Honolulu campus and its Washington, DC, office.

EWC housing is open only to current residents and incoming students. Residents should see the East-West Center COVID-19 FAQ for further important information.

For essential Center business, please contact relevant staff.

For further information, contact: EWCinfo@EastWestCenter.org, or +1 808-944-7111.

Are you able to help support EWC students who are facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Read a letter from President Vuylsteke announcing the launch of a special fund to assist our students with emergencies, especially now, during this crisis. You can make a donation today to support the new EWC Student Emergency Fund.

Latest Updates 

  • East-West Center COVID-19 FAQ: This page includes information pertinent to East-West Center housing residents. It will be updated as more information becomes available.
  • East-West Center Gallery closed until further notice. Updates on rescheduled activities will be provided as soon as possible.
  • 60th anniversary alumni conference postponed until summer 2021. After much consideration, EWC management has reluctantly made the decision to postpone the 60th anniversary international alumni conference originally scheduled for June 30-July 2 in Honolulu. Those who have already paid a registration fee will be refunded in full. Given the uncertainty and rapidly changing environment, the conference has been tentatively rescheduled for the summer of 2021. Read more.
  • East-West Fest delayed until April 2021. The Center's annual student-led East-West Fest celebration of cultural diversity has been called off for this year and rescheduled for April 11, 2021.
  • Hawaii Alumni Chapter Fundraising Dinner Postponed. A new date, tentatively in the fall, will be announced as soon as possible for the annual dinner, originally scheduled for April 19 in Honolulu. Proceeds from the event support travel scholarships for EWC students to attend professional conferences. For more information, please contact: ewca.hichap@yahoo.com.

Links and Resources

For important updates and information, please visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

University of Hawaii at Manoa

State of Hawaii Department of Health