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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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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.


  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • The Department of State, in partnership with other federal agencies, advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new markets for American businesses and workers. Georgia exported $37.5 billion in merchandise to all over the world. 14,869 Georgia companies exported, 89% of those companies being small-medium enterprises. Those exports supported 201,591 Georgia jobs. (EB) More»

    • U.S. Embassy – New Zealand works with Hawaiian Airlines to promote Hawaii as a tourist destination (EB/EAP) More»

    • Hawaii hosted 1,643 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

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

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 15 Scholars and Students from Hawaii (ECA) More»

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

    • 1,174 exchange visitors from overseas visited Hawaii and 44 Hawaii residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Honolulu, Hawaii based East-West Center received a $339,707 grant to support its Journalist Exchange to foster long-term professional relations between Indian and Pakistani journalists and improve bilateral and regional news coverage through objective, fact-based, first-hand reporting. (SCA) More»

  • Partnerships

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

    • Refugee Arrivals: 6. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which have 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 with Indonesia founded in 2006 (PM/EAP) More»

    • Museums Connect Cultural Exchange facilitates educational partnerships between the Zoological Society of San Diego and Three Mountain Alliance in Lihu’e, HI, Sican National Museum in Peru, and Forest Guardians. (ECA) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 63,294 (CA) More»

    • The Honolulu Passport Agency comprises 18 government employees and 12 contract employees. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 47 (CA) More»

    • 33 Hawaiian families participated in overseas adoptions. 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»

    • Diplomatic Security Los Angeles Field Office serves Hawaii: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS – Resident Office: Honolulu Investigative Field OfficeMore»


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