Mission & History


The mission of SHRM Hawaii is to advance the Human Resource profession’s capacity to drive workplace excellence within business, education, government, and communities in the State of Hawaii.

We serve our professionals through building knowledge, expanding experiences, facilitating the development of innovative ideas, and exchanging best practices for success.


We are business leaders, with a global mindset and people focus, driving Human Resources as a recognized and respected profession in the State of Hawaii, developing organizations where people succeed.

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 www.shrm.org.


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.