Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

Uplifting our lāhui.

Check out our video library of convention moments, panel discussion, cultural presentations, and CNHA program highlights.

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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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Get the latest CNHA press releases, news stories, and blog posts from our talented staff writers and advocacy team.

Membership

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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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 …

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CNHA Loan Fund

In alignment with it’s mission, CNHA facilitates a $9 million dollar Loan Fund providing access to loan capital, financial education …

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Hawaiian Trades Academy

Providing workforce development for economically and socially disadvantaged communities. The program goal is to …

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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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E Ola

The Kamehameha Schools and the council for native Hawaiian advancement are pleased to present E Ola as kānaka ʻōiwi, …

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2022 Convention

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

Over $1,000,000+

in donations since 2004

Enduring impact

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

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​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.

Community Updates

What We Do

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Rent & Mortgage Relief

We can help you find the resources you need for your ʻohana to thrive -from mortage to utilities and assistance programs.

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Kilohana Collective

Kilohana is a collaborative of complementary change agents committed to fulfilling HTA’s vision and specific directives.

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Community Programs

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

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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.