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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

STERLING WONG

Vice President,
Advocacy

JULIO CARRANZA

Director,

Legal Affairs

DANIELLE CHAVEZ

Director,

HR & Operations

EXECUTIVE OFFICE

NICK CARROLL

Senior Advisor

RUFINO MAGLIBA

Asset Manager

ZURI AKI

Program Manager,

Policy

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

RONA KEKAUOHA

Program Manager,

Hawaiian Trades Academy

KAHEALANI PELERAS

Program Manager,

Hawaiian Trades Academy

MAX MUKAI

Program Manager,

KūHana Business

KAWENA LEI APAO

Manager,

Communications Designer &

Special Projects

OPERATIONS

KISHA HALBUNA

Loan Fund

Specialist

MICHAEL CHING

Loan Portfolio & Systems

Manager

NANCY KING

Housing Program

Manager

CHRIS KUAIWA

Loan Fund

Manager

KALOKU KAHALEPO

Operations Assistant

VISA CASTILLO

Program Manager,
Member Services

KALEO GREEN

Data Manager

DARNELL DE PAOLI

Manager,

Compliance & Risk

KAINALU SEVERSON

Director,

Emergency Financial Assistance

RICHARD MEDEIROS

Deputy Director,

Emergency Financial Assistance

DAVIS PRICE

Business Development

Strategist

FINANCE

JACOB CHU-HING

Senior Accountant

Emily Green

Accounting Specialist

DES'REE SUZUKI

Accounting Specialist

KAT LUNDGREN-AIWOHI

Program Accounting Assistant