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.
Our Community Programs
Our programs work with members of our community to develop the skills and resources needed to thrive.
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 …
CNHA Loan Fund
In alignment with it’s mission, CNHA facilitates a $9 million dollar Loan Fund providing access to loan capital, financial education …
Hawaiian Trades Academy
Providing workforce development for economically and socially disadvantaged communities. The program goal is to …
KūHana Business Program
Empowering ʻŌiwi Businesses to set a kāhua on which to grow in operation and business strategy.
The Kamehameha Schools and the council for native Hawaiian advancement are pleased to present E Ola as kānaka ʻōiwi, …
As we reflect on Hawai‘i’s history, we see moments that are ripe for hulihia, windows where deep transformation …
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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Serve our community
Currently partnering with over 30 Native Hawaiian serving nonprofits & community organizations
in donations since 2004
The impacts of the Hawaiian Way Fund are felt across the state
E kipa mai, come immerse yourself in a story, video, or trip down memory lane.
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.
Featured on CNHA
Statement on HTA’s selection of CNHA for US Brand Management and Global Support Services
The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) is humbled that the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) entrusted us as the entity to deliver the change that Hawai‘i has long demanded of our visitor industry.
Policy Center: Department of Hawaiian Home Lands—Let’s Fulfill the Promise
This year, the Legislature is considering legislation (HB2511, HD1/SB3359, SD2) that would appropriate $600 million in much-needed and long-overdue funding to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to enable native Hawaiians to acquire residences.
What We Do
Rent & Mortgage Relief
We can help you find the resources you need for your ʻohana to thrive -from mortage to utilities and assistance programs.
Kilohana is a collaborative of complementary change agents committed to fulfilling HTA’s vision and specific directives.
Our community programs work with members of our community to develop the skills and resources needed to thrive.
Join Our Community
Become a CNHA member to get the opportunity to join other kānaka in lifting, empowering and inspiring our lāhui.
Join our mission and help us provide powerful support for our community to develop and thrive.