The Hawaiian Trades Academy is facilitated by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement 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. Program goals:

      • Provide students with training and certifications for an array of vocational jobs;
      • Provide participants, who successfully complete the program, with a smooth transition into high-paying jobs;
      • Assist families with long-term financial planning through a matching savings program.

The Hawaiian Trades Academy is subsidized by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and Aloha United Way. Weekly attendance and participation is required.  All courses are free. However, to ensure attendance, a $50 deposit will be required of each student on the first day of class.  This deposit will be refunded on the last day of class if the attendance requirement is met.

For more information contact Program Manager, Rona Kekauoha at or by phone at 808-529-1632.

Carpentry Program

Did you know that Carpenters in Hawaiʻi make on average $35 per hour, 44% more than the national average?

Through a creative partnership between the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and its partners, we are happy to announce the launch of our Hawaiian Carpentry Program designed to help Hawaiians jump start their career in carpentry.

Participants will learn industry terminology, carpentry math, safety regulations, basic tool knowledge, how to read blue prints, and how to navigate the government permitting process. Participants will even earn an Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 certification and receive job placement assistance from influential leaders within the respective trade.

The cost of this program is subsidized by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and its community partners. In other words, there is no cost to students who successfully complete the program. A $50 deposit will be required from each student on the first day of class, which will be returned if they comply with the attendance and participation requirements.

The minimum age requirement is 18 years old.

We are currently only accepting applications for residents on Maui and Molokai.

Fire Program

If your dream is to become a Firefighter, if you have taken the HFD Written exam and did not meet the requirements to move onto the next phase, this is for you!

The Papakolea Fire Academy is a team lead by Retired Fire Captains Richard Soo, Earle Kealoha, Guy Katayama, Gilbert Pelletier and Curtis Aiwohi that have developed an educational course to aid in every step of the Honolulu Fire Department Recruitment process.

The class focuses on:

Life of a firefighter, written communication, math, test taking strategies, understanding service terminology, preparation for the HFD Written Exam, and assistance through physical agility and interview processes.

This program is facilitated by Kula No Na Po’e Hawaii and supported by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement(CNHA) through a partnership with Aloha United Way.

Time & Locations


Police Program

Serve and protect our community by becoming a police officer!  The Honolulu Police Department is actively looking for new recruits and we want to help you get there.  People who get selected as a City & County of Honolulu Metropolitan Police Recruit have a starting annual salary of $63,000.00, even during training.

CNHA is excited to launch the Hawaiian Police Program, where participants will learn to navigate every step in HPD’s application process.  The program will cover selection standards, observation and memory, reading comprehension, written communication, reasoning and analytical ability, and information on physical preparedness.

There is no cost to attend the program due to grants and partnerships from Aloha United Way, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamehameha Schools, the State of Hawai’i, and the City & County of Honolulu.  However, a $50 deposit is due on the first day of class and will be returned to students who meet the attendance and participation requirements and successfully complete the course.

The minimum age requirement is 20 years old.  Preference will be given to Native Hawaiians if demand exceeds capacity.

Time & Locations

Class time: Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Classes will begin during the week of June 12 and last for 10 weeks. (Last class August 14)

Program participants must commit to attending class each week.

Kapolei – Wednesdays
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hale Ponoʻī
91-5420 Kapolei Parkway

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Commercial Drivers License Program

Enrollment expected to open in 2020

Electrician Program

Enrollment expected to open in 2020