The International Program for College Students


The following information is being furnished to you with the hope that it will help you better prepare for the workshop prior to your departure.

1. Maps to Pagoda Hotel & UH CAMPUS

2. Tips for CAPE Participants:


Some things to Pack
Tipping in Hawaii
Arrival in Hawaii
Daily Schedule
Sharing a Dorm/Hotel Room/Roommates
Computer Use

3. Hale Manoa / Lehua Tower Dormitory Information


Hale Manoa Reception Desk
Some Regulations
Check-out Procedure
Room Cleaning/Linen Exchange
Building Amenitites
Visitor and Guest Parking
Frequently Used Numbers
Office Hours
General Guidelines

4. Helpful Websites



Map to Pagoda Hotel / UH Campus (PDF)
Map to UH Dormitory / UH Campus (PDF)

(Please click the icon to download if you do not have Acrobat Reader).


2. Tips for CAPE Participants

a. Predeparture

CAPE will communicate extensively with you via e-mail in the months before you leave for Hawaii. It is extremely important for your email address to be VALID and have at least 1 MB of space free for incoming messages. Please check your email frequently, as your learning adventure will begin before you leave for Hawaii.

If you plan to extend your trip to the mainland, make sure to purchase tickets and confirm reservations before you depart from your country.

It would be very helpful to consult with a CAPE alumnus in your region.

Learning about Hawaii prior to your arrival may make your stay here more enjoyable.

Other helpful pre-departure tips for pleasant travel:
1) travel light by making a list of absolute essentials and
2) don't forget to bring your 'Sense of Humor'.

It is important that participants continue to practice English conversation and listen to English broadcasting/tapes. Students are encouraged to practice talking about themselves, their families, schools and majors in order to have conversations/socialize with American friends. Practicing English will be the single most important component of a fruitful CAPE experience. Don't let the language barrier prevent you from trying to communicate. Participating actively is the best way to learn things. However, you do not need to feel too pressured about acquiring fluency in English, since the purpose of the CAPE workshop is to learn and experience new things. Just be sure to have a positive attitude and prepare.

Singing together during occasional group-exchange meetings contributes to promoting friendship. You may want to have several songs ready to perform. Cheerful songs and other popular songs are most appropriate


b. Some things to Pack

It is recommended that participants bring the following: light sweater/jacket, sandals, casual shoes, swim suit, folding umbrella, spare suitcase, camera, emergency medicine for colds or indigestion. You may of course choose to purchase such items here in Hawaii. Note, however, that it can be inconvenient to purchase emergency medicine in Hawaii, especially when they are medications that require a doctor's prescription.

You are encouraged to bring little souvenirs for friends you will make.

c. Weather

Hawaii is the land of endless summers. Although the average temperature is 71°-80°F (21°-27°C), you will be able to enjoy cool breezes thanks to Hawaii's trade winds. From December through March, mornings and evenings feel like autumn weather even though daytime temperatures are like summer.


d. Tipping in Hawaii

It is customary to tip airport porters, restaurant waiters, and hotel bellboys, etc. for their services. 10-20% is an appropriate amount. For instance, if the taxi fare is $20, an appropriate tip would be $3.00. A 15% tip is adequate in most restaurants, except in cafeterias and fast food restaurants where you should not tip. Although there is no set rate for porters, bellboys and housekeepers, it is customary to tip one dollar for one or two suitcases and add 25 to 50 cents per additional suitcase. Also leave a couple of dollars on your pillow daily for the housekeepers who clean your room. (One dollar would be sufficient if you are a student.)


e. Arrival in Hawaii

Your first day in Hawaii may be a bit challenging. Keep in mind most international flights arrive between 6 am and 10 am but dorm/hotel check-in is not until 3 pm. (Check-out time is 12:00 noon).

It may take several hours to go through immigration and customs. After processing through customs, use the marked Exit straight ahead of you. (The left-hand Exit is for group tourists. If you accidentally take this Exit, just look for a taxi.) Upon coming out, approach the taxi dispatchers and wait for them to get you a taxi. Taxi fare from the airport to White Sands Hotel or the East-West dormitory is around $26-29.

Go to the Front Desk of your dormitory/hotel and complete the check-in procedure. YOU SHOULD NOT PAY ANY FEES TO THE FRONT DESK OF THE DORMITORY.

If early check-in is not possible, you will have to wait several hours before you can get settled in your living quarters. We suggest you have your luggage stored in the Front Desk 'Storage Space' or leave it with your friends who were able to check-in early. You can relax on the chairs in the lounges or stroll around the hotel area. The UH Campus Center may be one of the places you will be interested in visiting the first day.


f. Daily Schedule

CAPE's daily schedule begins at 8:30 am and ends at 12:20 pm. The CAPE program is held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH).

Participants will have free time after class sessions--unless a field trip or visitation is scheduled. Participants are urged to be active and try to gain various experiences. First hand knowledge of different cultures and life styles can only be acquired through exploration. Helpful information on the use of free time will be provided in the CAPE orientation session.

While attending the program, participants will have access to UH libraries and can photocopy materials if necessary. Access to e-mail will also be available.


g. Sharing a Dorm/Hotel Room/Roommates

It is not always possible to satisfy all roommate requests due to circumstances beyond our control:

   * Double occupancy will be arranged as the number of participants permit. When a double occupancy cannot be made, alternate occupancy arrangements can be made, such as the East-West Center Hale Manoa/Kuahine dormitory on a single or double occupancy basis.
   * If your assigned roommate(s) do not show up or give advance notice you may be responsible for the cost of the entire room.

Cases like these, however, can be resolved through understanding and cooperation.

The following participants will not need to concern themselves with the problems listed above: single-room applicants, those who arrive together with roommates, group participants with prearranged roommate lists.


h. Meals

Participants can eat either at the University of Hawaii cafeterias, or nearby restaurants. Breakfast at the UH cafeteria averages $3-5, lunch $5-7. Participants have more options for dinner. Some participants like to eat dinner in their rooms. Those who plan to prepare their own dinners may want to either bring some food items from their countries or buy them here in Hawaii. Various ethnic food items such as rice, ramen, and kimchi are available.


i. Miscellaneous

Please be notified that, as a matter of policy, CAPE does not give discounts on tuition under any circumstances, even when the participant chooses to attend only a fraction of its program or programs.

CAPE accepts VISA, MASTERCARD and JCB credit cards for payments.


j. Computer Use

Laptop Usage:

East West Center Lincoln Hall: Free wireless is available.

UH Campus: For those who wish to use the computer labs on campus and/or wireless internet access, you must send a request to CAPE (there is a $10 fee). CAPE will process your request and give you a valid username and password to access to the computer labs and wireless network.

There are computers for public use at the libraries on the UH Manoa campus.


We hope that the information provided here may be of some help with your preparation before departure. We cordially welcome your participation. Aloha!


3. Hale Manoa Dormitory

a. Hale Manoa Reception Desk

The Hale Manoa desk is open 24 hours a day and provides the following services:

     * handling check-ins and check-outs;
     * making change for up to five dollars, if available;
     * light bulb exchange;
     * taking messages for residents (placed in unit boxes near elevators);
     * checking out duplicate keys for lock-outs;
     * lounge reservations and check-out;
     * recording of needed reparis;
     * reservation and check out of items such as typewriters,
        kitchen equipment, handcart (time limits with a nominal monetary deposit).


b. Some Regulations:

1) State law forbids gambling, firearms, and solicitation on state property.

2) Alcohol is prohibited on the ground floor and in public areas of the building.

3) Cooking is permitted ONLY in kitchens located in the 04 and 11 units of lounge floors. Each kitchen contains a common refrigerator. Refrigerators located outside of kitchens are the property of private individuals. Stored food should be labled with your name, date, & room number and kept in airtight containers or plastic bags. Discarded food should be wrapped properly and kitchens should be kept clean by users.

4) Do not throw anything out of room windows or open areas (including watering of plants on sills). Please keep all objects clear of the unscreened portion of the window. Any such falling material may be dangerous to persons around the building.

5) Do not soak, wash, or hang clothes in the bathrooms. Coin-operated washing machines and dryers, large wash basins and irons are located in the 03 unit of lounge floors.

6) Visiting hours are not formally restricted. Men and women may visit each other at any time if accompanied by a resident hostess/host. Guests of the opposite sex are not to use the unit bathrooms, and should remain no longer than necessary in the unit corridors. Potentially embarassing situations must be avoided and due consideration must be given to all other residents.

7) There are no restricted quiet hours but you are requested to keep noise to a minimum in the evenings, particularly after 11:00 pm.

8) Lock your room and secure your valuables at all times. The East-West Center is not responsible for personal loss of or damage to residents' possessions. Also, the reception desk will not accept responsibility for holding valuables for residents. If you lock yourself out, present identification to the desk clerk in order to borrow a duplicate key. Please return the key to the desk clerk as soon as possible (within 15 minutes).


c. Check-Out Procedure

Check-out time is 10:00 am. Residents are considered "checked out" only when their keys are returned to the front desk. Avoid additional room charges by returning your key(s) upon departure from the dormitory.

d. Room Cleaning/Linen Exchange

Residents are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. A broom and dust pan are available in each unit and a mop is available in the laundry room. Linen may be exchanged at the reception desk.


e. Building Amenities

The ground floor includes a lounge/reading room, gameroom, and vending machines. Each lounge floor has kitchens, coin-operated washers and dryers and a TV lounge. Additional amenities include: study room (601), ice machine (6th floor laundry room), music/piano room (1204).

f. Emergencies

FIRE: use the stairwells at the end of each wing (by the green EXIT sign). Remain calm.
HEALTH: contact the reception desk for assistance, staff on duty will be notified. Emergency treatement is available at the Student Health Service (956-8956).
REPAIRS/DAMAGES: notify the desk clerk (x7813) or a Housing Staff Assistant.
THEFTS/SUSPICIOUS PERSON: notify the reception desk or staff on duty


g. Visitor and Guest Parking

If available, parking is located behind Kennedy Theater. Refer to current parking information posted on bulletin board across from elevator.

h. Telephones

Dial directly any number with the East-West Center, including offices and residence halls (4-digit extensions). To make an OUTSIDE call, dial 9 then the desired number. Long distance calls can be made from the room telephones by accessing toll free "1-800" numbers. Refer to current telephone information posted on the bulletin board across from the elevator. Those requiring operator assistance (0) need to use the pay phones.


i. Frequently Used Numbers

University of Hawaii Switchboard: 956-8111
Time: 983-3211
Hale Manoa Desk (24 hours): x7960
Reservations: x7805
East-West Center Information: x7111
Hale Kuahine Desk (7:30 am - 9:30 pm): x7813
Lincoln Hall Desk: (7:30 am - 9:30 pm): x7816
Repairs/Maintenance: x7809
Desk Services: x7802

j. Office Hours

7:45am - 4:30 pm (Monday through Friday)


k. General Guidelines

We believe you will find living here a unique and enriching experience! Please read the Housing section of the Orientation Handbook provided in your room. This will familiarize you with the residence hall's services and rules. Respect and sensitivity for your fellow residents are the most important aspects of learning to live together in our international community. As we have a year round resident population, we would like to provide a few guidelines which will help make the first few days smoother for yourself and others.

1) For security concerns, lock your door at all times.

2) Do not leave any personal items of value in public areas. Items have a way of walking off!

3) Do not hang anything on the doorknob. This may prevent the doorknob from turning properly and thus deny room entry.

4) The noise factor. The walls are thin and sound travels very easily. Be aware that the majority of our residents are year round students/researchers and their need for quiet should be respected. Keep noise levels to a minimum, especially after 10 pm.

5) Wear appropriate clothing. Be sensitive that your neighbors may be very uncomfortable/embarrassed with persons wearing little or no clothing.

6) Smoking is probihited in all public areas (bathrooms, hallways, kitchens, etc.) of the building. If you smoke in your room, please keep your room door closed.


l. Bathrooms


Flush toilets after use and leave the seats clean and dry when you are finished.
Do not flush sanitary napkins down the toilets. There are bags and waste containers provided especially for this purpose.


Do not soak or wash dishes in the sink.
Do not wash your feet in the sink.
Do not leave clothes soaking in the sink.
Water on the floor can be slippery and dangerous. If you splash water, please mop it up so no one gets hurt. A clogged sink from food items or a sink broken from the weight of one's feet can cause havoc in the bathrooms

Coeducational (coed) Living Units

The bathrooms in the coed living units require special attention and courtesy.
Residents in the coed units should wear appropriate clothing and respect an individual's concern for privacy. If someone of the opposite sex is showering, please wait until he/she is finished before entering the shower area.


m. Kitchens

CAPE students as short term residents at Hale Manoa dormitory are not allowed to use the kitchens except for refrigerators and microwave ovens on limited time. Your cooperation is appreciated!

(1) You can use the refrigerators which are in the kitchen for public use. Items should be labeled with your name, date & room #. Refrigerators are routinely cleaned and items not properly identified will be discarded. Refrigerators outside the kitchen are privately owned and not for communal use.

(2) Microwave oven: You may use the microwave oven during off-meal time only. You must avoid the busy meal time when long-term residents are using. Respect and sensitivity for long-term residents are very important. You should be considerate of others. Your cooperation is appreciated.

(3) East-West Center dormitories including Hale Manoa where you will be staying are designed for East-West Center graduate students, NOT for college students like you. Allowing our CAPE undergraduate students (short-term residents) to stay at Hale Manoa is very special. Thus we should be thankful for this exceptional treatment and privilege, and be especially cautious and considerate of other long-term graduate residents. Due to a lack of consideration and respect by undergraduate students for other long-term residents, our CAPE undergraduate students were PROHIBITED from staying at the dormitory for TWO YEARS. To avoid a repeat of the unfortunate happenings, we strongly urge you to be cautious and especially considerate of other long-term residents who are using the kitchens:

Even for microwave oven use, avoid the meal time when most of the long-term graduate students are using.
Do not try to borrow any dishes and utensils from them.
You should not disturb anyone in the kitchens.

Do not pour grease and food waste down the drains. Empty sink drain baskets. These items should be put in the large garbage containers.
Refrigerators in the kitchen are for public use. Items should be labled with your name, date & room #.
Refrigerators are routinely cleaned and items not properly identified will be discarded. (Refrigerators outside the kitchen are privately owned and not for communal use.)
For sanitary concerns, please do not spit in sinks.
Mop when there is spillage
Check that all burners and ovens are turned off after use.
Unless otherwise labled, cooking appliances, dishes and utensils are privately owned by other residents and should not be used without permission


* Be considerate of others.

Do not monopolize the cooking/dining areas if others are waiting.
Space is limited, do not leave your applicances/dishes/utensils in the kitchens.

* Clean up after yourself!

This includes the sink, cooking, and counter areas, as well as the dining areas.

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4. Helpful Websites

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