[Image: View of Diamond Head, the Pacific Ocean, and Kaimukī, with Chaminade University of Honolulu campus in the foreground, from the school's Facebook page.]
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS
CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY OF HONOLULU, 3140 Waiʻalae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96816
TheBus is Honolulu's public transportation option, at $2.50/one-way ride. However, note the limitations to luggage size and backpack types: https://airports.hawaii.gov/hnl/getting-to-from/ground-transportation/the-bus/
See "Additional Transportation Options & Directions," including cab, car rental, and airport shuttle services, in the Chaminade Airport Shuttle webpage (the campus shuttle itself is only only available to students, so disregard the online form, but the additional transportation links are useful): https://advising.chaminade.edu/airportshuttle/
CAMPUS MAP, DIRECTIONS, & PARKING:
Map & directions: https://chaminade.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Chaminade-Campus-Map.pdf Most conference panels will occur within Henry Hall, with conference registration as well as larger get-togethers (reception, film/media showing & discussion, plenary, reading, keynote, banquet) held in the Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center atop Eiben Hall located right north of Henry (note: the Ching Conference Center is different from the Clarence T.C. Ching Hall to the west of Henry).
Parking is free throughout the conference period, both for conference attendees as well as for those staying in the residence hall accommodations, up to 75 cars. Please park in the parking structure (see building #3 on the above map).
GENERAL OPTIONS FOR ACCOMMODATIONS:
SFRA Conference attendees may choose between staying at the Hale Pohaku co-ed residences--
--or tourist-friendly Waikīkī:
To use Chaminade University's hotel discount, the Booking Accommodations page will feature a direct link to reserving a room in the Courtyard Waikīkī Beach (part of the Courtyard by Marriott), a modest business hotel near the heart of Waikīkī at the intersection of Kuhio Avenue & Royal Hawaiian Avenue. Using this discount, SFRA conference attendees can reserve rooms at $159/night + taxes (usually hotel & general excise) & pay $25/night plus gratuity for discounted valet parking (it's usually $45 per night in Waikīkī) for reservations with dates from June 19 through June 25, 2019.
CHAMINADE RESIDENCE HALL OPTIONS & RATES:
Chaminade University has opened up its student residential facility, Hale Pohaku, to conference attendees who can enjoy the building's sweeping east-to-west views from Diamond Head & Waikīkī, to the skyscrapers of downtown Honolulu, to the Waiʻanae mountain range.
Each suite contains 2 bedrooms that each house 2 beds, 2 desks, & 1 closet; the suite's 4 beds share 1 bathroom, another closet, & a modest common area. Hale Pohaku facilities include access to a secure kitchen area, a covered outside deck where residents can socialize, drink, & eat featuring a pleasant view of the campus & city, & drink & snack vending machines.
See the Booking Accommodations page for more information on suite arrangements, rates, & reservations. These rates will cover the period from June 19 through June 30, 2019, though if you are reserving campus housing for days outside of the official conference period (June 21 through June 24), you will have to make special arrangements with the Chaminade Residence Life Office.
WAIʻALAE AVE., KAIMUKĪ, & KAPAHULU NEIGHBORHOOD DINING:Chaminade University of Honolulu lies near the bottom of Waiʻalae Avenue, the central business street of the Kaimukī suburb. Known for its ethnically diverse, small-business dining establishments, Waiʻalae is one of the most popular restaurant areas among Hawaiʻi foodies.
For budget travelers, Kaimuki Shopping Center, a 2-minute drive or 7-minute walk up Waiʻalae from the campus entrance, contains Times Supermarket grocery store, which offers prepared food in its local-style deli & fish counter, & Longs Drugs (CVS Pharmacy), which sells basic cooking implements which can be used in the Hale Pohaku kitchen. Affordable food franchises Subway & L&L Hawaiian Barbecue sit across the street from Chaminade.
Waiʻalae restaurants, drive-ins, & diners include everything from plantation-era eats (St. Louis Delicatessen, an okazuya also across the campus entrance), to Asian/French Hawaiʻi Regional Cuisine fusion (3660 on the Rise, at the top of Waiʻalae), to contemporary versions of Native Hawaiian staples (Mud Hen Water, a few minutes away by car), to popular plate-lunch and poke restaurants (Zippyʻs, the Obama-beloved chain which grinds out dine-in or take-out meals, is a 10-minute walk up Waiʻalae from campus; relatively inexpensive seafood kitchen Fresh Catch is a 2-minute walk down Wai'alae) -- & everything in between.
Within a short drive or walk from Chaminade: Waialaeʻs Vietnamese pho noodle joints & nouveau-Asian food abound; WW-II-era pre-statehood hamburger stands, plus other modest diners, reflect Asian settlersʻ historical movement from plantation labor to urban family-owned businesses (W&M Burger makes for a brief stroll down the street from Chaminade; the working-class-beloved St. Louis Drive In stands next to St. Louis Deli across from the campus entrance); & plant-based or vegetarian-friendly restaurants / cafes (especially but not only nearing the top of Waiʻalae) present healthier options, with close-to-campus choices including Siam Garden Cafe (Thai, a 5-minute walk up Wai'alae) & The Ripple of Smiles (Vietnamese, across City Mill at the intersection of lower Waiʻalae & St. Louis Dr.).
The neighboring Kapahulu area, a 20-45-minute walk or 3-7-minute drive from Chaminade bordering Waikīkī & Diamond Head, also includes authentic Native Hawaiian restaurants such as Hailiʻs and Da Ono Hawaiian Food.
Chaminade is very close to two of the best wine shops on the island, Tamura's near the top of Waiʻalae & Fujioka's in Market City Shopping Center (a 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk from Chaminade) near the start of Kapahulu.
Depending on your tastes, night life includes a variety of bars in the Kaimukī & the Kapahulu-to-Waikīkī areas, such as Formaggio Wine & Bar in Market City or the Surfing Pig or Aloha Lounge on Waiʻalae; or LGBTQ-friendly Chiko's Tavern a 15-minute drive away in the University/Moʻiliʻili area & Wang Chung's in Waikīkī.
Kaimukī restaurant & food maps & guides by Kaimuki.Hawaii.Com:
Best Waiʻalae Avenue restaurants in Yelp Hawaiʻi:
Best Kapahulu restaurants in Yelp Hawaiʻi:
Vegetarian-friendly or vegan restaurants on Happy Cow's Honolulu list:
[More comprehensive lists of recommended restaurants & activities will be provided at the end of in the draft (and later, final) conference program. Of course, conference attendees should research dining establishments and practice due diligence before eating there, just as they would on the "mainland."]