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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 to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.


  • 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. Of the 862 Hawaii exporters in 2013, 87% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, the state of Hawaii exports totaled $1.4 billion. Those exports supported 6,198 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

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

    • Hawaii hosted 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 (Melissa Martinez): 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»

    • 1,174 exchange visitors from overseas visited Hawaii and 44 Hawaii residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded 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»

    • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Sea Turtles 911 and Hainan Normal University increased community involvement in the protection of marine turtles by expanding ecotourism potential. Learn more about EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES)

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of the Foreign Policy Advisor program has eight Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) positions assigned to U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) based in the Honolulu area. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 3. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. (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 in Fiscal Year 2015: 72,974. (CA) More»

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

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

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Hawaii families in Fiscal Year 2014: 34. The Office of Children's Issues 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»

    • Two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the “Big Island” and the island/atoll cluster Papahanaumokuakea. (IO)

    • 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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