CNHA Capacity Building & Intermediary




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 up community based solutions.  CNHA has 15 years of experience in grant/resource management, grant/resource program design, 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.

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!  To inquire about NAPDT sessions, email

REGISTER TODAY! Native Hawaiian Artist Professional Development Training | January 27-28, 2018 | Maui Arts & Culture Center

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

2016-2017 MEAP Data Sheet with Kauai Cohort

Agricultural Business Training.  In partnership with First Nations Development Institute, CNHA delivers year-round training sessions and webinars to assist small farms and ranches to grow revenues and achieve economic sustainability, as well as to access CNHA Loan Fund Farming & Ranching capital.  To inquire about Ag Training sessions, email

Grant Training & Organizational Capacity Forums.  CNHA delivers year-round grant training and organizational capacity sessions across the state of Hawaii and webinars to support small nonprofit organizations to compete for grant resources at private, local, state and federal agencies.  To inquire about the 2018 schedule for Capacity Building sessions or webinars, email

Pacific Island Philanthropy Connection (PIPC).  CNHA administers PIPC to connect relevant funders interested in the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities to advance community development solutions. PIPC helps to inform program officers, social impact investors and philanthropic leaders, on the opportunities to invest in community development focus areas to create partnerships and implement successful solutions.  PIPC hosts funder only meetings, and coordinates a Philanthropy Forum at the Annual Native Hawaiian Convention for members of the public to learn about funder initiatives.

CNHA Capacity Building Leadership.  The CNHA Leadership team is led by Cassandra Ohelo, CNHA Capacity Manager and consists of intermediary funding partners and CNHA board members that oversee the capacity products and trainings offered.

Building Native Hawaiian Capacity – To Turn Challenges into Opportunities!