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Living in Honolulu

Honolulu is a great place to live if you are looking for a close-knit community with all the conveniences of a large city. Honolulu has arts and entertainment, malls, and shopping opportunities similar to many large U.S. cities. For food, expect to find local food and international cuisines as well as familiar fast food chains and traditional American options.

Organized activities: If you live on-campus, many activities and outings are organized through Residential Life throughout the year. Residential Life activities provide great social opportunities for residents and introduce newcomers to the island culture. Student Support Services, Campus Ministry and many of the student organizations also host a variety of on and off campus activities.


Honolulu Neighborhoods



"Historically, Chinatowns were places of cultural insularity--starting points where people unfamiliar with their host city's language and customs could find solidarity with others like themselves. Honolulu's Chinatown is one of the oldest in the United States, with the first arrival of Chinese to the islands in 1778. [...]

Starting in the early '90s, an influx of new, local businesses began to revitalize the area. Although Honolulu's modern Chinatown maintains a sense of its gritty past, the neighborhood today is increasingly diverse. Within a pedestrian-friendly area of about 15 city blocks, discover contemporary bars, boutiques, restaurants, and galleries--all locally owned by a set of visionary entrepreneurs who continue to see the value of Hawai'i's arts district." - Nella Media Group


"Our Kaka'ako encompasses nine city blocks in the heart of Kaka'ako centered around the arts, culture and creative hub on Auahi, Keawe and Coral streets. It's an emerging epicenter for Hawai'i's urban-island culture that is an incubator for a variety of artists, chefs, influencers and entrepreneurs. Rooted in Hawaiian cultural values, Our Kaka'ako is built on empowering creativity, cultivating innovation and building a truly unique, local community." - Our Kaka'ako


"Kaimuki is  filled with niche shops, specialty boutiques and unique eateries dotted along its main thoroughfare of Waialae Avenue. So grab a parking spot at either of the area's two main self-pay lots (Kaimuki Plaza or Kaimuki Municipal), or see if you can nab that rare spot on the street, and join us in discovering this exciting Oahu enclave." - Andy Beth Miller of


"Today, Waikiki is in full bloom. There are world-class hotels with familiar names like Hilton, Sheraton and Hyatt, and there are smaller operations that still provide plenty of aloha. Waikiki also boasts Waikiki Beach and the iconic slopes of Diamond Head Crater. There's 500-acre Kapiolani Park, the Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu Zoo and the International Marketplace (a shopper's bonanza located in the heart of Waikiki). Waikiki is also home to some of Hawaii's finest restaurants and hottest nightspots." -


Getting around Honolulu is easy even without a car. Many great local eateries and restaurants are within walking distance of the Chaminade campus. Otherwise, the following options will help you get around the island:
Routes that travel all around the island. Several major stops are located just in front of the Chaminade campus on Waialae Avenue.
Taxis and Ride-Sharing Apps
Taxis and ride-sharing apps are easy to utilize in Honolulu and offer another option for getting around town.
Honolulu has designated bike lanes around town and through the neighborhood of Kaimuki (located near Chaminade campus).