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CNHA is committed to the development of future Native Hawaiian leaders. We offer several opportunities for ‘opio to grow, learn, and increase their capacity and connection to the lahui. Below are some highlights of our ‘opio programs. Please check back for new opportunities!


D.C. Internship

This fall, CNHA coordinated internship positions at federal entities in Washington, D.C. as a unique opportunity for emerging Native Hawaiian leaders to learn about governance and shape public policy at the Federal level.

The federal internship program offered our interns:

  • practical insight into the work of federal entities that directly impact the Hawaiian community
  • direct mentorship and support from CNHA’s Native Hawaiian Policy Center
  • engagement with national policy advocates
  • advocacy training

Photo highlights from the recent internship session ending in Fall 2019:


Kanaka Makua ʻOpio Leadership Program

Our newest program, Kanaka Makua, seeks to develop and involve young leaders toward the advancement of the Native Hawaiian Community. For more information, visit the Kanaka Makua program page below.