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Honolulu, HI

1188 Fort Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel.: (808) 543-8075
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Hawai'i Pacific University
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Honolulu, Hawaii, is the perfect location to study English. Honolulu is a beautiful, tropical paradise where the waters are blue, the air is clean and the temperature feels like summer year-round. ELS/Honolulu is located on the exciting downtown campus of Hawa'i Pacific University. Students have access to state-of-the-art university facilities such as the library, computer labs, student lounges, study centers, social and sports clubs, sport facilities and university events. Only five minutes from the waterfront area, ELS/Honolulu is a perfect paradise to study English and experience local and U.S. culture such as kayaking, hiking an extinct volcano, or even sailing in Waikiki! As ELS/Honolulu is located in the heart of Honolulu, there is always something for students to do and experience. With a total of eight populated islands in the state, students can also travel to another island very easily on the weekends, with the longest flight being 45 minutes to the Big Island.

  • Located in a tropical paradise
  • Dynamic downtown Honolulu campus
  • Free access to campus library, computer centers and sports events
  • Join ELS on social media! #ELSCenters #ELSHonolulu

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 45/30
Bank 5
Downtown Area 5
Post Office 5
Restaurant(s) 5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 5
Supermarket 5
Public Transportation 5








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Programs available at this location

2016 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD
2016 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD
American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2016 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD
English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction

2016 Cost Per Session
$5725 USD
Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction

Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction

YMCA Single Room View YMCA Shared Bathrooms YMCA Common Area YMCA Fitness Center Kalo Terrace Double Room Kalo Terrace Shared Kitchen Kalo Terrace Dining Area Kalo Terrace Living Room Kalo Terrace Gazebo Kalo Terrace Swimming Pool Stay in one of the loft's brand-new double rooms! Enjoy full-use of your loft kitchenette! Study, chat, relax & make friends in your unit’s living-room Take a break and relax at one of the loft's lounge areas! Students can enjoy the brand-new barbecue area!

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Ranging from 35 to 45 minutes away from the Center by public bus, homestays are a great way for students to learn English even faster by living with a family. Families are located in the island¿s residential areas and some are a short distance to the beach. All homestays are accessible by public bus and provide easy access to the ELS Center as well as key sites around the island. Most families have hosted with ELS for many years and treat their students like family. While most families are easily accessible by bus to the beaches, other families have beautiful views of the mountain or city or are even walking distance to the shopping malls.

Price per Session $1050
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $90
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week.

Kalo Terrace(Student Residence (Off Campus))

Each apartment has 4 bedrooms; 2 full bathrooms; a full kitchen with two large refrigerators, a microwave, 4 burner stove top and oven; a living/dining area with a television. One set of bedding and towels are included upon arrival. All apartments are equipped with free Wi-Fi, free cable TV and basic room furnishings. Students also have full access to an onsite pool and BBQ area, outdoor patio gazebos and a laundry room with coin operated washers and dryers.
The Kalo Terrace also has many restaurants, cafes and supermarkets that are only a five-minute walk away. The beach is about a 15-minute bike ride away and is very close to Waikiki! Since the Kalo Terrace only houses students, there will always be something to do at the residence or in the surrounding neighborhood.

Price per Session $1350 - 1730
Occupancy Double, Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $90
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included. Restaurants, fast food eateries, markets, sundry stories, banks and a post office are all within walking distance.

Nu'uanu YMCA(Student Residence (Off Campus))

All rooms are singles with shared bathroom down the hall. Linens and towels included and students have full access to the YMCA facilities such as gym, weight room, fitness classes and pool.
The YMCA is a five-minute walk to the ELS Center, Hawai¿i Pacific University, and Downtown, Chinatown, the Arts District and another five minutes to the famous Aloha Tower Marketplace. There are many bus lines near the residence with direct buses to Ala Moana and Waikiki. Students have access to coin operated laundry machines.
All rooms also include air conditioning, hardwood floors, and a refrigerator. Students who stay at the Nu'uanu YMCA also have full access to the athletic facilities such as the weight room, fitness classes and outdoor pool. A perfect way to unwind after a day in classes!
In the heart of downtown Honolulu, the YMCA Nu'uanu is perfectly situated to experience all of the nightlife the various neighborhoods have to offer!

Price per Session $875
Occupancy Single - Males only
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $90
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included. There is an on-site cafe and many restaurants in the area. Supermarket is only 5 minutes away by foot.

Welcome to Hawai'i Pacific University Hawai'i Pacific University Campus Hawai'i Pacific University Sport Fields Hawai'i Pacific University Cafeteria Computer Lab ELS Computer Room Honolulu Beach Honolulu Aerial View Honolulu Harbor and Downtown A hike up Diamond Head is one of many activities at ELS! Hang out & enjoy the scenery at Hawaii Loa Campus! Stop by the Model Progress building and visit the ELS office Interact with HPU students right outside of ELS! Practice your English with ELS classmates and HPU students! Soak up the sun and explore Waikiki beach on the weekends!
  • Computer center
  • Library
  • Center NOT handicapped accessible
  • Classrooms NOT handicapped accessible

What is Conditional Admission?

Institutions in the ELS University Conditional Admission Network offer conditional admission to students who are academically admissible based on the student’s academic record and other university and/or departmental and program requirements, but who have not yet demonstrated English proficiency. Your admission is “conditional” based upon satisfying English proficiency through completion of a specified level of the ELS English for Academic Purposes program and any other specific requirements prior to full admission. Once these requirements are fulfilled, you are able to fully matriculate. These requirements will be outlined on your Conditional Letter of Admission, and your selected ELS center will assist you in completing all of the necessary requirements for matriculation.

Additional matriculation requirements may include other required scores, for example, GMAT® or GRE® for graduate programs.

Our ELS University Partners will offer a Conditional Letter of Admission (CLA) detailing the additional requirements needed for matriculation. You and your family can be assured that you have a university placement and ELS registration prior to departing for the USA.

What is the Conditional Admission Process?

  1. Find a university via our University Finder
  2. Apply for university admission and enroll for English studies at ELS Language Centers with help from a local ELS authorized Counseling Agent.
  3. If you are an acceptable candidate for university admission, you receive a letter of "Conditional university admission subject to English proficiency and submission of any other required documentation for matriculation."
  4. Study at any of the 60 ELS Centers in the USA to fulfill the university entrance requirement for English proficiency.
  5. Begin your university program!

Meet the Staff

Roger Fong

Roger Fong

Center Director

Roger was born and raised in Panama City, Panama. He has lived in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Boston, Amsterdam, Paris, Luzern and now proudly calls Hawaii home. A graduate from the California State University system as well as having attended the Sorbonne and the University of Paris, Roger has been in the ESL world since 1993. He enjoys spending his weekends trying to find the most authentic "Latino" cuisine on the island and spending time in the ocean snorkeling with "honu" (sea turtles).

Maria Levy

Maria Levy

Academic Director

Maria is a graduate of the University of Hawaii. Originally from Germany, Maria has been living in Hawaii for over ten years. She enjoys teaching English as well as learning about languages from around the world.

Leila Vongey-Lopez

Leila Vongey-Lopez

International Student Advisor

Leila was born and raised in Tahiti, French Polynesia. She likes to call Hawaii her second home as she has been living there for 9 years. She has a Master in TESOL from Hawaii Pacific University. She enjoys traveling, learning various cultures and languages, trying new cuisines, hiking, and cinema.

Cibele Randall

Cibele Randall


Cibele is the Registrar for ELS Honolulu. She is originally from Brasilia, Brazil and the second of three daughters. She moved to the US in 2006 and was recently married and has a newborn daughter. Her degree is in Business Administration and she enjoys cooking and baking. She also likes to watch cooking shows as this gives her fresh new ideas of things to make for her friends and family.

Chelsea Toyama

Chelsea Toyama

Homestay Coordinator

Chelsea is from Honolulu, Hawaii and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Communication at Hawaii Pacific University. She has also attended Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. She enjoys learning about new cultures, trying new foods and drinking coffee at little coffee shops.


January 28, 2016


Hello everyone!
My American story started in San Francisco ELS language center. I studied there about 3 months and decided to transfer to ELS in Honolulu. I chose Hawaii because it was my childhood dream. If you are in Hawaii, you can do many activities such as swimming, hiking, surfing, and skydiving. You can have a lot of fun, but you should not forget to study English because ELS has strict rules. What about my English? Honestly, when I came to the U.S, I did not know anything about the English grammar. However, after 9 months in the U.S, I improved a lot of, especially while I was in Hawaii.
Lastly, I thank all ELS teachers who supported me to improving my English and I thank all my friends for spending time with me. I will never forget these memories.



January 21, 2016


Aloha everyone!

My name is Yahia Alzahrani and I come from Saudi Arabia. My goal is to achieve a Master's degree in Computer Engineering. I have been studying in the U.S for 18 months and I have a lot experience at ELS Centers. They are like one big family and the
students are like their children, especially at ELS Honolulu, Hawaii. Teachers care not only about your learning, but also about your feelings and how they can help you achieve your goal.
In addition, ELS takes students out on weekends for entertainment and do several interesting activities with each other, such as watching movies, shopping, surfing and visiting some the most famous places in Hawaii. Actually, my choosing for ELS was the best decision I have ever made. I am now ready to attend graduate school, discuss any project with professors and write research papers as well.
I know “thank you” just doesn't seem like nearly enough! My deepest heartfelt thanks for your assistance in helping me achieve my goal.


June 8, 2015


I recently graduated from Hawaii Pacific University, and received a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. I learned many things, and had a great time at the university.

Seven months before I began the program, I completed ELS levels 106 through 112. I found the ELS instructors to be very kind and patient. Their step-by-step approach was very comfortable for me. These things really helped me as my
English was very limited. I had been living in the U.S only 2 years prior to entering ELS. The contents of the ELS classes were useful for me and helped me to survive at the university. Some examples of the things ELS taught me were, writing papers and essays, reading, doing presentations in class, and I also
learned strategies to manage these assignments efficiently. Lastly, it also helped me to develop listening skills to better understand and to be able to take better notes during a lecture. These things were all critical in helping me learn and to get good test scores.

I like to help people who are suffering from an illness, and my future goal is to gain experience as a nurse in the U.S.


June 8, 2015



My name is Or-On Thamintorn, or you can call me ‘Ham.’ I came from Thailand to study English at ELS Honolulu, Hawaii in 2013. My personal goal was to enroll in the U.S. university which is Hawaii Pacific University (HPU). Before I came to study here, I did not know how to write or organize my papers because of the different strategies. But, the best ELS academic course provided relevant academic class that the wonderful instructors came up with the outstanding knowledge to help learners with four skills. I totally fell in love with the writing class, especially the research paper class that provided me the opportunity to write a research paper in a month. I knew it was really tough, but I could use this knowledge in my real life. Now, I have been enrolled at HPU classes since the fall semester. Because of the writing classes from ELS, I could improve my writing and spend a few hours on my research paper instead of a month!!! You will not be disappointed if you choose ELS to prepare your English. ELS is the best!!

Thank you ELS.



March 11, 2015


Aloha everyone!
My name is Masami. I had studied at ELS Honolulu for one year a half. I had great time at ELS because teachers and students were very friendly and kind.
At first, I could not speak English very well and was not good at writing essays. Teachers taught me many skills to improve my English.

Another reason why I like this school is that students come from different counties. For instance, there are Taiwanese, Japanese,
Korean, Chinese, Brazilian, and Saudi Arabian students. I was glad to make many friends at this school. I also enjoyed the food; there is a variety of food close to ELS, such as Korean food, Mexican food, Japanese, and Vietnamese food. These foods are cheap and very delicious.

I am now a student majoring in Liberal Arts at Kapiolani Community College (KCC). I have been at KCC for two years. I am studying mathematics, history, hula, and biology this semester. My first class at KCC was difficult; I could not keep up with the class. After studying hard, I gradually adjusted to the pace of the class and my community college life became more enjoyable.

My future goal is to work at an airport in Japan because I love to watch airplanes. After graduating from KCC, I want to transfer to University of Hawaii and major in Travel Industry Management (TIM). Many tourists from around the world visit Hawaii so it’s a great place to study TIM.
I hope I can graduate from University of Hawaii. My ultimate goal is to work at an airport.



January 8, 2015


I have studied at ELS Honolulu for four months. At the beginning of my studying at ELS, my English skills were not sufficient to study at any university and I was nervous to be in a new environment. However, I have improved quickly. Teachers were very friendly and helpful. They helped me to determine my deficiencies in English to develop myself. I also have made a lot of friends from different countries. ELS Honolulu has also many facilities to improve your English; such as weekend activities with other ELS students, meetings with HPU students, and extra lessons according to your request. Most importantly, I have really enjoyed my time visiting different beaches on O'ahu!



November 11, 2013


I have studied at ELS Honolulu for six months. The reason I came to here was to study English and gain a lot of experience. Before I came here, I didn’t speak English well. I was afraid to speak with foreigners in English because I lacked self-confidence. Now, I get more confidence and it is fun to learn English thanks to ELS. There are many good teachers here. Not only did they kindly teach me what I didn’t know, but they also helped me with good counseling and encouragement. ELS Honolulu has a very good systemic education curriculum. Also, I could take extra classes like writing and grammar tutorials. I loved this strict and systemic class because it helped me to improve my English skill. Moreover, there are many fun and exciting activities such as kayaking, hiking, ice skating, lei making, sunset sailing, and so on. I could enjoy Hawaiian life thanks to these activities. I never ever regret choosing ELS Honolulu. I learned many things, I made many good friends, and to top that off, it was good experience to me. Thank you for everything ELS Honolulu!

-Jeong-In,South Korea


July 29, 2013


I’ve studied at ELS Honolulu for two months during my summer vacation. I came to Hawaii to see the beautiful culture and landscape, and most importantly to improve my English speaking and writing skills. The school location is very convenient. The staff and students help me reach my goals while I was here.

-Nicoletta,Puerto Rico


July 29, 2013


Aloha! This was my second time in ELS Honolulu. I love it so much here that I decided to come back. I studied at ELS Honolulu for almost 11 months. Before I came here, I couldn’t speak English fluently, just a few simple words in a sentence. At ELS, I had many opportunities to practice my speaking with teachers and students. There are many students from different countries. You were forced to speak English instead of your mother language. I really enjoyed this. In class, teachers will correct your grammar when you are speaking. So don’t be shy to make mistakes. Moreover, ELS Honolulu not only helped me in practicing my speaking, but also in improving my writing. I was planning to go to university in America. Writing is important for me obviously. I wrote a 10-page research paper, and that was a nightmare for me. However, I conquered it, and it gave me confidence in writing. After talking about studying, you may wonder if I had any fun here. Of course I did. I didn’t come to Hawaii only for studying. I also enjoyed the weather, beaches, and the famous touristy areas, especially the friendly people here. Don’t be afraid to talk with them once you come to Hawaii. Thanks to all the ELS teachers and staff for helping me during my stay here. Mahalo 



July 29, 2013


When I decided to come to Hawaii, I wasn’t sure about my future plans. However, I now can say that I’m very happy to live this experience in Hawaii. During my first month in school, I didn’t understand anything and couldn’t express myself in English well. At that time, I was wondering how I could ask for help when I couldn’t even make a full sentence in English. However, I had class with Adam whom I think was a great teacher; his class was funny and he was very good at explaining what I didn’t understand. Thanks to that class, I started to gradually speak in English and gain more confidence. I love ELS because all the teachers are great and they teach us a lot of useful things. I have been here for almost six months and I will stay at least another 6 months. Hawaii is amazing and really special to me. Thank you to all the ELS staff for making my stay in Hawaii very enjoyable.

-Eryvelton ,Brazil


June 18, 2013


ELS is a good place to learn English in Hawaii. You can improve your English at ELS and make many friends. Also, if you want to go university after you finish your English here, ELS is the best choice. ELS offers you to study at Hawaii Pacific University if you finish level 112. This was the main reason for me to come here. I recommend every to come to ELS Honolulu. You will enjoy it here because there are many things to do in Honolulu.

-Alessa Mahmoud,Saudi Arabia


June 18, 2013


ELS is super cool. I had originally planned to study English at ELS Honolulu for three months. However, because I liked the school and the students so much, I stayed four months instead. The school system is great and I improved my English a lot. The two-hour SSP course was the most profitable for me. I learned a lot of useful vocabulary. The grammar was repeated a lot, but in my case it was perfect. Furthermore, the activities were also great; from Hula-lessons, hiking, and dinner, I always had an awesome time. To be honest, I wouldn't change anything if I ever decide to come back to Hawaii.

-Campell Madlaina,Switzerland


June 18, 2013


I have been studying at ELS Honolulu for six months. In the period of these six months, I have met many friends who are from different countries and are very nice and friendly. ELS Honolulu is good for studying English because we have a good environment and teachers here. I will leave Hawaii in a couple of months because I will go to study for a master degree on the mainland. I had a lot of fun here!

-Hsu Li-Ying,Taiwan

Bao Yun

June 14, 2013


I studied at ELS Honolulu for five months. The reason I studies at ELS is to prepare for studying at Hawaii Pacific University. At first, I was really worried about my English, but my teachers and friends helped me a lot. I found I made a great progress when I graduated from ELS Honolulu. The staff in ELS teaches academic English, and this is helpful for a student who wants to go to a university in the U.S. They teach students and make them improve from listening, speaking, reading, and writing. I gain more confidence to talk to other people. Thank you to all the ELS staff. I really enjoyed my five months there. Mahalo!

-*Tang Bao Yun,China


June 14, 2013


Hawaii is amazing and so is ELS Honolulu. I enjoyed every single day here and I’m so glad that I chose ELS as a language school. The main reason why I’m so happy with ELS is that you meet students from many different cultures. Other language schools in Hawaii have a high percentage of Swiss students and if I had gone there, I think that I wouldn’t have spoken English that often. One other fact that makes ELS so good are the great motivated teachers and the nice and helpful ELS team. I could really improve my English during the three months I have been here and I’m sure that if I ever study English abroad again, I would choose ELS for sure. I’m very sad that I have to leave soon and I will definitely miss everything!

-Unholz Kim,Switzerland


June 14, 2013


I have been studying at ELS Honolulu for six months. My English has improved a lot. I have met many teachers and friends. I really like the teachers because they are very friendly and kind. ELS has a great English learning system. I enjoy studying with my teachers. I also have fun participating in the activities with the student advisor. I recommend ELS to anyone who wants to improve their English and go to university.

-Sibyani Ahmed,Saudi Arabia


January 15, 2013


Hi, I come from Taiwan. This is my first time to study abroad, before I go to HPU, I am glad to study in ELS from level “108”. It helps me establish the confidence about my English capability steadily. After living in Hawaii for 2 months, I feel less nervous to talk with Americans. I also think that it will be a better and helpful decision to study at an English language school for a person who studies abroad for the very first time. They will pay more attention on you and your problems in learning English and going to classes make foreign students preview some information about formal classes in universities. In addition, in Honolulu ELS, they will arrange lots of activities about Hawaiian culture and take students visiting many famous spots. We are studying and playing at the same time and I truly love it!

-Lai Qiu-Zhu,Taiwan


December 26, 2012


My name is Karl Holm and I am from Sweden. I am in level 112 and this is my fourth session at the ELS center in Hawaii. I really enjoy ELS. The teachers are so enthusiastic so it is easy for me to learn English. My plan is to attend HPU; ELS prepared me well so now I have more confidence to use my English skills. Here you will make many friends from all around the world. I like the location; Hawaii is the world’s paradise with friendly people and great weather. There are a lot of fun activities here with the beach right around the corner.

-Karl Holm,Sweden

Whale Watching

February 8, 2016

Students got to join a whale watching cruise over the weekend. It was a perfect day to spot humpback whales as it was a sunny day with light wind in Hawaii Nei! The whales call Hawaii home from November to May every year :)

Run for Fun!

January 20, 2016

A few ELS students participated in the Color Vibe 5K Run held this past long-weekend on Oahu! It was very colorful and fun :)

Got FroYo?

January 7, 2016

Students enjoyed some frozen yogurt on a beautiful sunny day in Hawaii :)

Happy Hallooween!

November 6, 2015

Students and staff had fun dressing up for Halloween!

Ukulele Lessons

November 2, 2015

Students were lucky to take ukulele lessons from one the most popular teacher in Hawaii, Bruce Shimabukuro! Before the lessons, students enjoyed homemade gelato on a hot and sunny Saturday!

Lei Making

August 27, 2015

Students always enjoy cultural activities at the center :) Today they learned to make a lei which is a necklace of flowers.

Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona Memorial

August 3, 2015

Students visited the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. It was a very informative visit!


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