Each year individuals, families and institutions in the local community are given an opportunity to interact with East-West Center students, scholars, or professionals in government, civil society, business, and the media informally, including hosting an occasional dinner at home, inviting them to be a part of a holiday celebration, a cultural activity or a sports event. Center participants often ask to meet local people so they can experience another culture and way of life. Families say that the experience is always beneficial to them. Institutions report that their activities are enriched by this interaction. Requests to the ʻOhana Program may be made throughout the year by contacting the FEWC office by telephone or email.