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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.

Meet Our Team

EXECUTIVE TEAM

KŪHIŌ LEWIS

President & CEO

LEILANI GARNER

Senior Vice President,

Operations / COO

MEHANAOKALA HIND

Senior Vice President,

Community Programs

TYLER YATES

Vice President,

Finance / CFO

JULIO CARRANZA

Director,

Legal Affairs

DANIELLE DE LIMA

Director,

HR & Operations

EXECUTIVE OFFICE

NICK CARROLL

Senior Advisor

RUFINO MAGLIBA

Asset Manager

KALEONAHENAHE GREEN

Data Manager

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

RONA KEKAUOHA

Program Manager,

Hawaiian Trades Academy

KAHEALANI PELERAS

Program Manager,

Hawaiian Trades Academy

MAX MUKAI

Program Manager,

KūHana & Kealahou

KAWENA LEI APAO

Communications Designer &

Special Projects

ZURI AKI

Manager,

Public Policy

CHRIS KUAIWA

Loan Fund

Manager

MICHAEL CHING

Portfolio & Systems

Manager

NANCY KING

Housing Program

Manager

KISHA HALBUNA

Loan Fund

Specialist

OPERATIONS

KALOKU KAHALEPO

Operations Assistant

KAINALU SEVERSON

Director,

Emergency Financial Assistance

VISA CASTILLO

Deputy Director & Trainer,

Emergency Financial Assistance

RICHARD MEDEIROS

Program Manager,

Emergency Financial Assistance

FINANCE

DES'REE SUZUKI

Accounting Specialist

KAT LUNDGREN-AIWOHI

Program Accounting Assistant