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

Fast Fact

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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

  • In FY17, Hawaii-based companies received approval to export $1,800,001 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • U.S. Consulate General has provided on-going support for the ‘Hawaii Village’ at the world’s largest Pacific Island cultural festival - ‘Pasifika’ - a two-day, 200,000 attendee event in Auckland. Since its 2014 launch with the help of Mission New Zealand Innovation Funding, the now self-funding ‘Hawaii Village’ has become, and remains, one of the most popular components of the Pasifika festival attracting distinguished cultural and political leaders, and drawing large crowds seeking to explore Hawaiian culture and tourism. New Zealand travelers visiting Hawaii have grown 16% YTD, and were forecast to exceed 60,000 visits in 2017 for the fourth year in a row - more than doubling NZ 2012 visitor figures of 26,000. The associated increasing volume of flights between NZ and Honolulu are reported to have generated more than $247 million in total visitor spending over the past four years (EAP) More»
  • Hawaii hosted 1,647 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. Goods exports of $938 million (2017) support approximately 3,232 Hawaiian jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Hawaii supports an additional 37,500 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Hawaii. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Heather Joy Thompson): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»
  • 1 Scholar, Student or Teacher from Hawaii was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 12 international students received a Fulbright to study in Hawaii in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 3,855 international higher education students studied abroad in Hawaii in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 1,171 exchange visitors from overseas visited Hawaii, and 44 Hawaii residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Fulbright Canada sponsored five Canadian students and early career professionals to participate in the summer 2017 course “Special Topics in Ethnic Studies: Indigenous Leadership” at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, bringing a different perspective on this issue to the University. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has seven 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 Fiscal Year 2017: 3. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates 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. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (PRM) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the Hawaii Attorney General since 2014. In 2017, the Hawaii Attorney General led a workshop in Vietnam on the role and functions of an Attorney General in the U.S. criminal justice system and best methods for running an Attorney General’s office. (INL) More»
  • 50 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Hawaii on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Hawaii residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 277 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Hawaii/Guam National Guard’s State Partnership Program with The Philippines, founded in 2000. (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. (EAP/OES) More»
  • On August 26, in advance of the Our Ocean Conference held at the Department of State, President Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, located in the state’s waters. The monument is the largest contiguous fully protected conservation area under the U.S. flag, and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. It encompasses 139,797 square miles of the Pacific Ocean (362,073 square kilometers) - an area larger than all the country's national parks combined. (OES)
  • The Office of Marine Conservation works closely with the Hawaii-based tuna longline fishing fleet in support of their interests in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), where OES/OMC is represented at a senior level on the U.S. delegation. In coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, OES/OMC works to protect the interests of the Hawaii-based fleet in the WCPFC, and decisions taken in that body have a direct impact on the profitability of that industry sector in Hawaii. (OES)
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 93,870. (CA) More»
  • The Honolulu Passport Agency comprises 18 government employees and 12 contract employees. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 46. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2015, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 18 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Hawaii. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. More». (CA)
  • Two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the “Big Island” and the island/atoll cluster Papahanaumokuakea. (IO)
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State and maintains one of 21 domestic resident offices in Honolulu, Hawaii. Regional responsibility includes protecting the integrity of U.S. travel documents by investigating passport and visa fraud, serving on federal and state law enforcement task forces, combatting terrorism and human trafficking, as well as protecting the Secretary of State and other domestic and foreign dignitaries. The Honolulu Resident Office reports to the Los Angeles Field Office. (DSS) More»