The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) is a member-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to enhance the cultural, economic, political, and community development of Native Hawaiians. CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian organizations and a strong voice on public policy. CNHA operates a loan fund, delivers capacity building services, fosters leadership development and has convened the Annual Native Hawaiian Convention for 18 consecutive years.
Headquartered in Kapolei, CNHA is a Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified by the US Treasury department and a HUD-Certified Housing Counseling agency. We provide access to capital, financial education and individualized financial counseling services with a focus on low and moderate-income families. CNHA serves as a National Intermediary, providing grants and loans targeting underserved communities in Hawaii.
Chief Executive Officer
Joe Kuhio Lewis
Chief Financial Officer
Daniel Lee “Kaniela” Sharp
Chief Operations Officer
Kanoe Tjorvatjoglou-Cup Choy
Special Projects Manager
Kawena Lei Carvalho-Mattos
Community Relations Manager
Loan Fund Specialist
Loan Fund Specialist
ʻAʻOHE HANA NUI KE ALU ʻIA
NO TASK IS TOO BIG WHEN DONE TOGETHER
CNHA is member-based nonprofit with a statewide and national network of community-based organizations. We provide a strong voice on public policy, operate a community loan fund, deliver capacity building services and leadership development and promote community based economic development. CNHA focuses on connecting our network to affect positive change in the Hawaiian community and across the state. Our members represent many sectors in community, including, but not limited to, education, small business, homestead associations, civic clubs, health, housing, art, youth programming, and social services.
Benefits of being a member:
Scholarship or discounted rates to attend the Annual Native Hawaiian Convention.
Access to Hawaiian Way Fund donor services.
Opportunity to share your work, events, stories through CNHA’s distribution of Native News Clips.
Notifications and participation in federal, state or local policy projects important to your organization.
Discounted fees to any CNHA training or capacity building events.
Website presence through the CNHA Members Page.
Usage of CNHA office space
ʻAʻOHE ʻULU E LOAʻA I KA PŌKOLE O KA LOU
NO BREADFRUIT CAN BE REACHED WHEN THE PICKING STICK IS TOO SHORT
There is no success without preparation
NATIVE HAWAIIAN CONVENTION
CNHA has coordinated the Annual Native Hawaiian Convention every consecutive year since its founding in 2001.
The Annual Native Hawaiian Convention is a unique venue that encourages and promotes collaboration among community leaders, cultural practitioners, policy advocates, business owners and agency officials, to further the well-being of Hawai‘i’s Native community.
E LAWE I KE AʻO A MĀLAMA A E ʻOI MAU KA NAʻAUAO
TAKE WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED AND APPLY IT AND YOUR WISDOM WILL INCREASE
It is a reminder to us that when we learn and gain ‘ike, we have a kuleana, a responsibility to apply, to use it, to share it with others
Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
91-1270 Kinoiki St., Building 1
Kapolei, HI 96707
Telephone: (808) 596-8155
Toll-Free: (800) 709-CNHA (2642)
Fax: (808) 596-8156