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  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 
  • Ten Hawaii residents hosted or supported 77 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 72 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • Fifty-one emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Hawaii on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov 
  • 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. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) A researcher from the University of Hawaii received a grant from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for a joint research project with an Israeli scientist. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the BSF research funding advances our bilateral relationship and shared scientific priorities. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.bsf.org.il/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Hawaii/Guam National Guard’s State Partnership Program with The Philippines, founded in 2000. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 

Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2018: 92,554. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) More: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/statistics.html 
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 36. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) In Fiscal Year 2017, the Bureau of Consular Affairs issued visas to 14 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. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) More: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/Intercountry-Adoption/adopt_ref/adoption-statistics.html 
  • Two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the “Big Island” and the island/atoll cluster Papahanaumokuakea. (Source: Bureau of International Organization Affairs) More: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/ 
  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Diplomatic Security – Resident Office: Honolulu Investigative Field Office) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-management/bureau-of-diplomatic-security/ 

Jobs and Economy

  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • 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. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: https://nz.usembassy.gov/celebrating-hawaii/ 
  • Hawaii hosted 1,709 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) 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. In 2018, goods exported totaled $646.9 million. Those exports supported approximately 3,232 Hawaiian jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Hawaii supports an additional 37,200 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/hi.pdf 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs advocates in meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) for conservation of pollinators, which contribute $24 billion to the national economy and $54 million to the economy of the state of Hawaii for macadamia nuts and another $44 million for coffee – and tens of millions more for other agricultural products like papayas, bananas, and avocados. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=hawaii&year=2017 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Hawaii. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) More: http://careers.state.gov/engage/events 
  • The Thomas R. Pickering and Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Programs encourage applications from minority groups historically underrepresented in the U.S. Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Each fellowship provides financial assistance towards the completion of a two year master’s degree in a field related to the Foreign Service, academic funding, mentorship and two internships – one in the U.S. and the other abroad at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Fellows commit to a minimum of five years in the Foreign Service. Currently, there are 7 active participants from the state of Hawaii. More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 


  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Cecilia Choi): 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. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) More: http://careers.state.gov/connect/dir 
  • Five Scholars, Students and Teachers from Hawaii were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 11 international students received a Fulbright to study in Hawaii. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) Eleven students from Hawaii received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, awarded to students of limited financial means. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program 
  • 3,975 international higher education students studied abroad in Hawaii. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 1,148 exchange visitors from overseas visited Hawaii and 136 Hawaii residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • The University of Hawaii at Manoa is a member of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs supported Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction. ICUDDR facilitates networking among universities to promote high quality education and training in the field of addiction prevention, treatment and public health interventions. It also pursues related applied addictions research, outreach and advocacy. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.fulbright.ca/programs/canadian-scholars/visiting-chairs-program/social-sciences-manoa.html 

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