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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Hawaii state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Hawaii state flag © Public Domain

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The University of Hawaii – Manoa ranks #1 in the number of foreign students enrolled. More»

For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on for some specific ways that the Department worked to benefit this state’s citizens.


  • Business/Jobs/Trade

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives through trade agreements that open new export opportunities for American businesses and create jobs for American workers. International trade supports more than 190,000 Hawaii jobs with customers in 136 countries and territories buying Hawaii-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $828 million in goods exports (2012) and $3.5 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Department’s Honolulu Passport Agencyemploys 30 government and contract staff. (CA) More»

    • Hawaii hosted 2,021 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of Department of State work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in your state. (HR)

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Michelle Los Banos): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • 97 exchange visitors from overseas visited Hawaii and 1,051 Hawaii residents travelled overseas, including 12 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 30 Hawaii citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 13 Hawaii families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Hawaii hosted 10 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Hawaii welcomed 6 refugees. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations and their 350 affiliated offices to place refugees in over 180 communities in all 50 states. These offices work with communities, local volunteers, and elected officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. (PRM) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Hawaii National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2006 with Indonesia and founded in 2000 with the Philippines. (PM/EAP) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs partnered with the American Alliance of Museums on the Museums Connect Cultural Exchange facilitates educational partnerships between the Zoological Society of San Diego and Three Mountain Alliance in Lihu’e, Hawaii, Sican National Museum in Peru, and Forest Guardians. (ECA) More»

    • The Office of Foreign Missions regional office in San Francisco serves Hawaii and assists with the Department of State’s regulation of foreign missions in the U.S. in a manner that is in accordance with both foreign policy and the national interests of the United States. Among other duties and responsibilities, OFM regional offices liaise with local, state, and federal government agencies in matters affecting foreign consular representation, immunities, and privileges. OFM regional offices also reinforce the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ message to law enforcement agencies regarding consular notification in the event of arrest, detention, or death of foreign nationals. (M/OFM)

  • Travel and Security

    • 63,294 passports were issued to Hawaii residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has one consular facility in Hawaii, the Honolulu Passport Agency. The Department also receives applications through 47 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Hawaii. (CA)

    • The Department facilitated 33 overseas adoptions for Hawaii families in 2012. The Office of Children's Issues (CI) plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Hawaii welcomed over 2.8 million international visitors in 2012, comprising 9.5% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Los Angeles Field Office serves Hawaii and has a Resident Office in Honolulu: In the United States, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries below the head-of-state level who visit the United States. The Bureau also develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 100 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. Domestically, the Bureau’s agents focus on investigating passport and visa fraud, conducting personnel security investigations, and issuing security clearances. The Bureau also assists foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel. (DS) More»

*Excluding Canada and Mexico, whose land border entries are not included in the methodology for establishing the number of international visitors by State.


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