About Us

We uplift lāhui.

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement is a member-based non-profit organization that has served the Native Hawaiian community since 2001.

Our Mission

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. CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian organizations and a strong voice on public policy. CNHA operates a loan fund, delivers capacity building services, fosters leadership development and has convened the Annual Native Hawaiian Convention for 18 consecutive years.

Headquartered in Kapolei, CNHA is a Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified by the US 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 Hawaii.

Our Team

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KŪHIŌ

LEWIS

President & CEO

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DANIELLE

CHAVEZ

HUMAN RELATIONS MANAGER

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NANCY

KING

LOAN FUND MANAGER

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LEONANI

PUAILIHAU

COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER

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Max Mukai

PROGRAM MANAGER

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DAWNY

JONES

PROGRAM MANAGER ASSISTANT

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KATHERINE

LUNDGREN-AIWOHI

ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT

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ZURI CW

KAʻAPANA AKI

PUBLIC POLICY MANAGER

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KALOKUOKAMAILE KAHALEPO

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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RICHARD

MEDEIROS

PROGRAM MANAGER

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RONA

KEKAUOHA

PROGRAM MANAGER

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KAWENA LEI CARVALHO-MATTOS

SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER

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JULIO

CARRANZA

LEGAL AFFAIRS MANAGER

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DES'REE

SUZUKI

ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT

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MICHAEL

CHING

LOAN FUND SPECIALIST

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