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 and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) is an independent, international education 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to promote a greater awareness and understanding of foreign affairs issues with special attention to Hawaii’s role in the Asia-Pacific region.
Since 1954, PAAC has provided global education to more than 77,000 high school students, 100,000 college students, and 80,000 community members statewide; and have hosted approximately 700 international visitors through the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
PAAC serves as the World Affairs Council of Hawai’i. The World Affairs Council of America (WACA) is a national network of educational organizations that is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and engaging Americans in international affairs and the critical global issues of our times. PAAC is also a part of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), a nonprofit membership association with a mission to promote excellence in citizen diplomacy. They serve participants in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchanges, building person-to-person relationships “one handshake at a time.”