The Pacific & Asian Affairs Council

  • Building bridges

  • Inspiring young leaders

  • Developing global citizens


PAAC is preparing the next generation of leaders for an increasingly interconnected world, and promoting citizen diplomacy one handshake at a time. We are building bridges, inspiring young leaders, and developing global citizens.

The Pacific & Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) is an independent, international education 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to promote understanding and empower engagement on global and international issues with special attention to Hawaii’s role in the Asia-Pacific region.

Since 1954, PAAC has provided global education to 99,182 high school students, 107,300 college students, and 85,400 community members statewide; and has hosted approximately 1,516 international visitors through the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).