Building Bridges, One Handshake at a Time

April 26, 2017

Five researchers from the Republic of Korea visited Honolulu through the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) to improve their understanding of U.S. institutions and their policies toward humanitarian assistance and human security while advancing U.S.-R.O.K. partnerships.  As one participant noted, the "in-depth knowledge" gained from their meetings in Hawaii will benefit their classes and ongoing projects. 


Mahalo to the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, the East-West Center, Hawaii Pacific University, Pacific Forum CSIS, and U.S. Pacific Command for sharing their knowledge with these Korean leaders.  Also mahalo to Leonard and Imra Sowers of Hawaii Kai for hosting the group for dinner and welcoming them to the United States and Hawaii.

PAAC welcomed 87 international visitors from 45 countries to Hawaii in 2016 through the IVLP.  Mahalo to all community members who shared their time, knowledge, and aloha with the visitors.   

If you are interested in engaging with future IVLP participants, please contact IVLP Coordinator, Erin Hoshibata at or (808) 944-7783.