CNHA Policy Center & Intermediary

Policy Priorities & Advocacy. The CNHA Policy Center convenes its member organizations and other non-governmental organizations around public policy priorities and solutions to meet the challenges of Native Hawaiians. Based on year-round Native Hawaiian forums, roundtables and policy convening, an annual Policy Priorities List is adopted at the Annual Native Hawaiian Convention (ANHC) hosted by CNHA in the fall of each year.

Policy Priorities are organized by 9 Policy Caucus Subject Areas:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Blue Continent Pacific Region
  • Economic Development & Small Business
  • Education
  • Sovereignty & Civic Engagement
  • Healthcare
  • Homestead Trust Lands
  • Housing & Homelessness
  • Next Generation

If you are a CNHA member organization and would like to lead a specific Policy Caucus, email to be included in planning and strategies on any of the 9 caucus topics.

Click link to download, Policy Priorities 2017-2018.

Policy Calls. The CNHA Policy Center hosts statewide and national Policy Calls to further connect community leaders to guide our work, to engage members in strategic planning to accomplish goals identified in each listing of annual Policy Priorities. Members are welcome to request a policy call be hosted by CNHA Policy Center on topics of specific interest to them – email

Policy Leadership Development & Hawaiian Week in DC. The CNHA Policy Center coordinates a year-round Policy Leadership Program to support emerging leader in public policy skills, capacity, methodologies and advocacy. The program features regular public policy training and forums in Hawaii, with an annual trek to Washington D.C. for a week of hand-on exposure to federal agencies and policy makers. Contact at any time during the year to inquire about policy event scheduling.

Vote To Rise Civic Engagement. The CNHA Policy Center in partnership with the Coulter Foundation, implements its Vote To Rise civic engagement campaign to conduct year-round voter registration by supporting Native Hawaiian organizations to include voter registration materials in day-to-day program delivery, to conduct election cycle specific phone banking and neighborhood canvassing. Mini VTR grants are available, inquire to

Click link to download, Vote To Rise Mini Grant Kit.

CNHA Policy Center Leadership. The CNHA Leadership team is led by Jordyn Danner, CNHA Policy Manager and consists of a Policy Center Chairman and Caucus Leaders from the CNHA membership of organizations. Get engaged, join the rewarding and effective work of Native Hawaiians working together!