Our Mission:

We uplift lāhui.

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) is a member-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to enhance the cultural, economic, political, and community development of Native Hawaiians.

Headquartered in Kapolei, CNHA is a Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified by the U.S. Treasury department and a HUD-Certified Housing Counseling agency. We provide access to capital, financial education and individualized financial counseling services with a focus on low and moderate-income families. CNHA serves as a National Intermediary, providing grants and loans targeting underserved communities in Hawaiʻi.


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Become a CNHA member and get the opportunity to join other kānaka in lifting, empowering and inspiring our lāhui.

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Our Community Programs

Our programs work with members of our community to develop the skills and resources needed to thrive.

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2023 Annual Convention

Watch the panel discussions and keynote presentations from this year’s convention

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Host Housing Support Program

Financial assistance to households housing those displaced by the wildfires

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Kākoʻo Maui Fund

A donation campaign to aid communities impacted by the Maui wildfires

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Kākoʻo Maui Resource Center

Providing resources that can be deployed quickly and efficiently to our Hawaiian communities impacted by the Maui wildfires

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Maui Distribution Center

From Kakaʻako to Kahului, learn how you can contribute to getting out essential goods to impacted Maui residents

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Hawaiian Trades Academy

Providing workforce development for economically and socially disadvantaged communities

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KūHana Business Program

Empowering ʻŌiwi Businesses to set a kāhua on which to grow in operation and business strategy.

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CNHA Loan Fund

In alignment with it’s mission, CNHA facilitates a $16 million dollar Loan Fund providing access to loan capital, financial education …

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Rent & Mortgage Relief Fund

Life has its challenges. We can help you find the resources you need for your ʻohana to thrive -from mortage to utilities and …


Listen and Stay Connected Online

​E kipa mai, come immerse yourself in a story, video, or online conversation

Over the past 20 years the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement has grown with our Native Hawaiian and Hawaiʻi-based community. In this space, we celebrate different community events, CNHA programs, cultural discussions, and news topics that are important to our lāhui.

A Culture of Giving

Hawaiian Way Fund

The mission of the Hawaiian Way Fund (HWF) is to enhance the well-being of Hawaiʻi through community-based initiatives founded on Hawaiian culture, knowledge and traditions.

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Donate online, by check or start a Workplace Giving Campaign

Serve our community

Currently partnering with Native Hawaiian serving nonprofits & community organizations

Over $7,000,000+

in donations since 2004

Enduring impact

The impacts of the Hawaiian Way Fund are felt across the state

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