The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu, established in 1949, was among the first five overseas missions that were installed right after the birth of the Korean Government. The jurisdiction of the Consulate General includes the State of Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands. Hawaii has a special connection to Korea in the contexts of history, security, and human exchange.
Hawaii is the place where the history of the Korean immigration to the United States began in 1903 when the first group of immigrants set foot in Honolulu. It is also known as the “cradle” of Korea’s independence movement, as the Korean people in Hawaii did everything they could to support the establishment of the Republic of Korea despite their own hardships. Today, some 50,000 Korean Americans are carrying on their legacy, and many Korean leaders are serving the community in various areas.