CNHA is a U.S. Treasury-certified Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), a HUD-certified Housing Counseling Agency and a national Intermediary providing capacity-building services to support Native Hawaiian organizations and communities to maximize opportunities and lift community-based solutions.

We have 15 years of experience in grant/resource program design and management, and grant/loan-making in Native Hawaiian communities.

We partner with a variety of agencies, foundations, funders and national organizations to deliver relevant organizational, business and capacity-building services.

Hawaiian Trades Academy

The Hawaiian Trades Academy is facilitated by CNHA in partnership with a number of non-profit and for-profit organizations. It is designed to help prepare and situate Native Hawaiians in the trade industry.

Update: We are no longer accepting applications at this time. We have reached full capacity for each class. Please check back later for updates on our other Academies. Mahalo for your support of CNHA’s programming!

FREE ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Classes

In celebration of Prince Kūhiō’s birth month and in conjunction with the Prince Kūhiō Festival and Kanaeokana’s ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi campaign, CNHA will host FREE ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi classes in two locations all month long starting on March 4th.

Update: We are no longer accepting applications. Mahalo for the overwhelming community support!

Native Artist Professional Development Training

In partnership with First People’s Fund and Oweesta Corporation, CNHA delivers training sessions to provide Native artists tools and support to manage entrepreneurial businesses to achieve economic success.   The training curriculum, focuses on artists making a living from art through sales locally, regionally and nationally, enabling sustainability for the artist, family and community.  This training offers a unique tool kit for artists!

At the training, we will work with you to help you grow your arts business. You will have an opportunity to participate in the following activities:

  • Express your personal vision and values that will ultimately become the principal foundation of your business.
  • For performing artists: reach your audience, work with venues, and understand production contracts.
  • Determine your art marketing, business and financial management abilities using a series of self-assessment tools.
  • Budget and establish a successful pricing structure.
  • Market your business using a variety of approaches and tools.
  • Create your mission statement and present your art work.

To inquire about this and other NAPDT sessions, call Kanoe at 808-529-1618 or email

Micro Enterprise Assistance Program (MEAP)

CNHA delivers an innovative continuum of business training, connected to access to capital, connected to affordable retail venues for permanent retail space and pop-up markets.  This program was established with the help of CNHA member organizations with expertise in economic development, HUD Hawaii, and the County of Kauai to pilot a system that enables participants to receive business training, apply for capital and affordable retail space.  MEAP is available on Kauai and on Oahu.  To inquire about MEAP cohort start and end dates, email

Hawaii Native Community Coalition

Alongside partners, Kamehameha Schools, the Office of Hawaian Affairs and the Coulter Foundation, CNHA launched the Native Community Coalition in an effort to get Native Hawaiians civically engaged.  This program provides grant funding each year to members of the Coalition to do civic engagement type activties with community.  For more information call our CNHA office at 808-596-8155

ʻOihana Program (in development)

The ‘Oihana project is a small business development program that provides training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to Native Hawaiian businesses/entrepreneurs.

More information on this program will be announced shortly.

Program contact: Kanoe – 808-596-8155 or