Native Hawaiian Fellow Joins Policy Center

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For Immediate Release:  November 28, 2016

Contact:  Michelle Kauhane, CNHA President/596-8155


Native Hawaiian Fellow Joins Policy Center

Honolulu, Hawaii – The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) is excited to announce the appointment of Danielle Kuaiwa Chavez to a 2-year policy fellowship at the CNHA Policy Center Next Generation Leadership program.

Ms. Chavez was born and raised in Waianae, and has spent the last 12 years in Anchorage, Alaska pursuing her human resource management career, raising her 3 teenage sons, and is a full time student at Alaska Pacific University in its business administration program.

“We are so grateful to have Danielle join our policy team at CNHA, particularly given her familiarity with other Native peoples in Alaska, her business interests and passion for serving our Native Hawaiian community,” said Michelle Kauhane, CNHA President and CEO.  “There will be many opportunities for Danielle to advance issues in economic development and small business growth through the policy advocacy at CNHA.”

Chavez is transitioning from Alaska back home to Hawaii in the Kapolei homestead of Kaupea.  While in Alaska, Danielle built a successful career in Human Resource Management where she has been employed for 8 years in corporate recruitment, contract staffing, employment policy compliance and enforcement.  She is currently employed by TH1, a contract hire staffing company headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska.

“Hawaii has only been a flight away these last 12 years,” said Danielle.  “Our ohana comes home routinely, but we also stay active on Hawaiian issues through our membership in the Na Keiki O Hawaii Hawaiian Civic Club in Anchorage, and of course, this fellowship with CNHA is an amazing opportunity.”

As a high-energy next generation leader, Danielle will be assigned to mentors at CNHA to advocate in the national arena in Washington DC in the areas of business and affordable housing, as well as land trust policy.

“We expect great things from Danielle and all of the next generation leaders at CNHA,” remarked Kauhane.  “These young leaders are our future, and we value their contributions to the work we are doing today, and preparing for in the years to come.  We welcome Danielle to the public policy work in service to our Native Hawaiian community!”

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