Registration Open for the 16th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention

For Immediate Release:

August 12, 2017

Registration Open for the 16th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention


Kapolei, HI—The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) announced today that registration for the 16th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention is open.  In partnership with its member network, CNHA will host the Annual Native Hawaiian Convention from October 9-11th, 2017 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and Resort. Registration for the exciting, three-day event is open until October 4, 2017.  The annual event brings together its members, partners, and other community leaders from across the state and the nation to share policy priorities, to connect with new programming and resources, and to feature guest speakers on topics of community development, capacity building, partnerships, and more. This year’s theme, Aloha Lāhui or “Love for the nation,” is a tribute to the Hawaiian community’s collective contribution and passion toward progress and growth.

A highlight of the annual conference is its focus on community advocacy and policy priority development. To accomplish this, the convention hosts eight caucus sessions over the first two days, focused on gathering community leaders and partners from the following sectors: Housing, Homesteads, Small Business, Arts & Culture, Health, Education, Blue Continent, and Next Generation. Each caucus is hosted by a CNHA member or partner and all are welcome to join the discussion and solution-building process. Ultimately, each group presents their top three priorities, policy or program focused, to the entire audience of the Policy Roundtable on the final day of convention, October 11.

“This is a great opportunity for attendees to get a pulse on what each sector in our community is focused on and how partnerships and resources might be helpful to accomplish the goals for the coming year,” shares Michelle Kauhane, President & CEO of CNHA.

Other notable highlights for this year’s convention include the Pacific Island Philanthropy Forum, hosted over Tuesday and Wednesday, which will feature resources from national foundations, information valuable to organizations in attendance relative to grants and other funding. This portion of convention is focused on capacity building and resource outreach to assist nonprofit leaders and staff in growing a fundable program or partnership in Hawaii and/or the Pacific region. For those who are interested in economic development, Tuesday will feature a Small Business and Entrepreneur Fair, by DBEDT, with over 30 valuable resources for up-and-coming small businesses.

Rooms are available at the Sheraton Waikiki under the 16th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention room block. To reserve your room under the convention room block, please visit, click “Register” and find “Hotel Accommodations”. Register today to secure your spot at the 16th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention! Please visit the Native Hawaiian Convention page 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.

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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