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Like SHRM National, the mission of SHRM Hawaii is two-fold – to Serve the Professional and Advance the Profession. We provide comprehensive information and tools to human resource professionals to enable them to make informed decisions. We sponsor forums (both in person and through our website) to facilitate the exchange of ideas and increase the knowledge of participants.

SHRM Hawaii is also dedicated to helping human resource professionals become leaders within their organizations and in the general business community. We believe that human resource management is a critical component to the success of every business. Consequently, our organization seeks out opportunities that will enable our members to develop professional relationships with other business leaders. By working with others, we hope to contribute to the success of our respective organizations, and the State.

We are also an Affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 282,000 individual members, the Society's mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most essential and comprehensive resources available. As an influential voice, the Society's mission is also to advance the human resource profession to ensure that HR is recognized as an essential partner in developing and executing organizational strategy. Founded in 1948, SHRM currently has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and members in more than 140 countries. Visit SHRM Online at



SHRM Hawaii was first incorporated on September 13, 1989. Prior to that date, the organization operated as an association affiliated with the American Society of Personnel Administration (the predecessor organization to SHRM).

The organization initially consisted of a single chapter - called the "Hawaii Chapter” - which was actually located on the island of Oahu. As the organization grew, separate chapters were established on the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai. Although each chapter was autonomous, they were linked to the national organization through a "State Council.”

In 2003, the Hawaii State Council, the Big Island Chapter, the Kauai Chapter, the Maui Chapter and the Hawaii Chapter decided to merge their organizations into a single entity.

The goals of the "merger” were to:

  1. Streamline operations and increase efficiency;
  2. Make the organization more responsive to members and their professional needs; and
  3. Establish and maintain programs to enhance recognition of human resource management as a profession.

The merger became effective on January 1, 2004.


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