National Policy Advocates Prepare to Engage with the Trump Administration

For Immediate Release: January 19, 2017

National Policy Advocates Prepare to Engage with the Trump Administration

Kapolei, HI – The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement’s (CNHA) senior policy team has returned after a week lDC Group Picong visit, from Jan 9-13, to our Nation’s capital.

CNHA reports meetings in DC focused on promoting micro-enterprise to create local jobs and economic development opportunities in Hawaii.  Other issues discussed included the need for infrastructure development on Hawaiian Homelands, support for New Market Tax Credits, expanding small business contracting opportunities, renewable energy development and worker housing.

“It was an important trip for CNHA to share our priorities with a focus on those that have the greatest potential to be supported by the incoming administration,” shared Michelle Kauhane, CNHA President & CEO. “Our goal was to assert the interests of the communities we serve as we prepare to engage with the Trump Administration for the next four years,” Kauhane added.

Meetings were held with the Hawaii delegation, the United States Department of the Interior, Minority Business Development Agency and national advocacy coalitions including the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, National Congress of American Indians, and the Leadership Conference.

“Reaffirming our commitment to the values we share with other national advocacy organizations was another key goal of this trip.  Our collective efforts will be critical in the years aheDC PIc with Hironoad to effectively influence policy outcomes,” explained Robin Danner, CNHA Policy Chair.

In response to questions of concern in dealing with the Trump Administration, CNHA is clear that active participation in our government is a necessity and a right the organization will continue to exercise as part of our great democracy.

While uncertainty is expected with any change, CNHA is taking the necessary steps to assert its interest in and right to insure Native Hawaiian voices are at the table.

CNHA is a national association of more than 100 Native Hawaiian organizations delivering capacity building, access to capital, public policy advocacy and convening of Native Hawaiian community leaders.  For more information see or email

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Contact:  Michelle Kauhane, CNHA President