Registration Now Open for 14th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention


July 20, 2015

Registration Now Open for 14th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention

Kapolei, HI—In its fourteenth consecutive year, the Annual Native Hawaiian Convention, hosted by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), will be held on September 22 through September 24th, 2015 at the Hawai’i Convention Center. Registration for this year’s convention is now available through the convention website at CNHA, a local member-based Native Hawaiian nonprofit, hosts the event annually to bring together community members and nonprofit sector leaders to work on policy development, collaborative solution building, resource outreach and capacity building. This year’s theme, Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity acknowledges the many changes facing the Hawaiian community and the potential of opportunity held by this generation and the next.

“We are looking forward to welcoming CNHA members, partners and the broader community to engage in healthy dialogue around the top issues facing our community.  Native Hawaiians are at a critical juncture in our history with issues that include the Mauna Kea Protectors working to preserve our native rights while the recently formed Na’i Aupuni works to get us to an ‘Aha or constitutional convention.  As this year’s convention theme highlights, we are riding the waves of change, exploring the endless opportunities that surround us. We encourage folks to engage, actively participate and join us for this year’s convention.  The convention promises to include content, information and resources to support any nonprofit or community based organization” shared Michelle Kauhane, CNHA President

The convention will feature sector specific caucus meetings on Tuesday, September 22 hosted by various CNHA member organizations seeking to work on policy priorities for 2016 with their industry peers. The featured caucuses include, Affordable Housing, Hawaiian Homesteads, Small Business and Economic Development, Arts and Cultural Practitioners, Native Hawaiian Health, Native Hawaiian Education, Next Generation Leadership, and Blue Continent.

Wednesday will feature a Philanthropy Forum focused on bringing capacity and sharing projects funded by local and national foundations to highlight best practices for nonprofits. We will have presentations from funders and their grantees in the plenary sessions as well as workshops in the afternoon for nonprofit resource development.

The policy priorities developed at the Tuesday caucuses will be shared at Thursday’s Policy Roundtable. This featured event brings all caucus leaders together to present their top three priorities for addition to the CNHA Policy Priority list for 2016. Throughout the three days, more than 10 awards will be given by various sponsoring organizations, the marketplace will be open for attendees to browse vendors and exhibitors, and lunches will feature special keynote speakers.

Register today to secure your spot at the 14th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention! Please visit our Native Hawaiian Convention page on our website and keep an eye out for special updates on our Facebook and Twitter (@hawaiiancouncil). Questions can also be directed to CNHA staff members via email to or by calling (808) 596-8155.


(Above) Education Caucus leaders share their priorities with the plenary attendees at the 2014 Policy Roundtable.

CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the cultural, economic, political, and community development of Native Hawaiians.  For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at, or at


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