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Living in Honolulu


Swim, Surf, Hike, Sail: A recent exchange student from France produced this video about many outdoor activities he experienced while studying at Chaminade.

Things to do in Honolulu: Check the map

Take a look at the Google map below on our sister site, chaminadelife.com, for points of interest and destinations close by in Honolulu.
(Scroll down to the second map on the map page to find the Honolulu map.)

honolulu map

Free Bus Pass

The Honolulu city bus system "The Bus" is consistently ranked as one of the best in the country for safety and reliability. As a Chaminade student, be sure to pick up your free bus pass at the beginning of the semester from the business office and you'll be able to get around the island fairly easily at no cost to you. A main bus stop is located at the front of the Chaminade campus along Waialae Avenue. Both the #1 and #9 stop at the entrance to campus, providing service from Kahala to Kalihi and major transfer points.

Activities & destinations



Nearby Businesses

Map of Honolulu Neighborhoods

These area businesses can supply the everyday needs of students:

Business Neighborhood
Foodland Kapahulu (0.4 miles)
Long’s Drugstore Kaimuki (0.1 miles)
Safeway Kapahulu (0.6 miles)
Times Supermarket Kaimuki (0.1 miles)
Walgreens Ala Moana (2.2 miles)
Business Neighborhood
Ala Moana Shopping Center
(Macy's, Sears)
Ala Moana (2.3 miles)
Bed Bath & Beyond Aiea (11.9 miles)
Costco Kalihi & Hawaii Kai (4.9 miles, 6.7 miles)
Kahala Mall Kahala (1.7 miles)
Ross Ala Moana (2.4 miles)
Sam’s Club Ala Moana (2.4 miles)
Target Salt Lake (10.8 miles)
TJ Maxx Ala Moana (2.9 miles)
Wal-Mart Ala Moana (2.4 miles)
Company Nearest Branch
American Savings Bank 4th Avenue, Kaimuki (0.1 miles)
Bank of Hawaii 12th Avenue, Kaimuki (0.7 miles)
Central Pacific Bank 10th Avenue, Kaimuki (0.6 miles)
First Hawaiian Bank 12th Avenue, Kaimuki (0.7 miles)
Fresh Catch Just off campus
L&L Drive In Just off campus
McDonald's On Waialae Ave, 0.1 miles
St. Louis Drive In Just off campus
Storto's Deli and Sandwich Shoppe On Waialae Ave, 0.1 miles
Subway Just off campus
W&M Bar-B-Q Burger Just off campus
There are many more restaurants within walking distance or a short bus ride on Waialae Avenue or Kapahulu Avenue

Getting to know Honolulu

Liveability: 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.