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Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu is the capital city of Hawaii and the largest city on all the islands. Located on the southeast coast of Oahu, the chief Hawaiin island, Honolulu is home to one of the busiest international airports in the United States as it sees millions of visitors from all over the world each year. The main industries in Honolulu are tourism, federal defense, and agriculture. Known for its beautiful beaches and laid back island lifestyle, Honolulu also plays a large role in the United States’ Indo-Pacific relations due to its location in the Pacific Ocean.

Honolulu has been an integral part of US-Korea relations going all the way back to the early 1900s when Korean immigrants began settling in Hawaii. Today, over 20,000 Koreans live in Hawaii, with a growing Koreatown in Southeast Honolulu. The city has taken initiative in the past 40 years to increase education about Korean history and culture which is especially seen at the University of Hawaii’s East-West Center which focuses on cultural exchange.