The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu plays a key role for the Korean peninsula that many are not aware of. The Honolulu office was one of five original overseas missions soon after the Korean government was established in 1948. Hawaii, back then, played a key role as the incubator for the Korean independence movement. Today, as much of the economic and political focus is on Asia, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu under the leadership of Consul General Walter Paik, keeps stewardship of the ROK-US alliance as the U.S. Pacific Command is also located here. PACOM (United States Pacific Command) encompasses Asia, Southeast Asia, India, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica. This equates to 36 nations and more than half of the world’s population. The recent increase of military activity in North Korea from long range missile tests and desired nuclear development; Hawaii plays an important and much needed outpost for South Korea.