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

EXECUTIVE TEAM

EXECUTIVE OFFICE

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

OPERATIONS

ACCOUNTING

KŪHIŌ LEWIS

President & CEO

LEILANI GARNER

Senior Vice President,

Operations / COO

MEHANAOKALĀ HIND

Senior Vice President,

Community Programs

TYLER YATES

Vice President,

Finance / CFO

DANIELLE DE LIMA

Director,

HR & Operations

JULIO CARRANZA

Director,

Lega Affairs

NICK CARROLL

Senior Advisor

KALEO GREEN

Data Manager

KAWENA LEI APAO

Manager,

Communications Designer & Special Projects

MAX MUKAI

Program Manager,

KūHana Business

ZURI AKI

Manager,

Public Policy

RONA KEKAUOHA

Program Manager,

Hawaiian Trades Academy

KAHEALANI PELERAS

Program Manager,

Hawaiian Trades Academy

NANCY KING

Loan Fund Assistant & HUD Counselor

MICHAEL CHING

Loan Fund Contractor

KALOKU KAHALEPO

Operations Assistant

KISHA HALBUNA

Program Manager,

Member Services

RICHARD MEDEIROS

Program Manager,

Emergency Financial Assistance

DES'REE SUZUKI

Accounting Specialist

KAT LUNDGREN-AIWOHI

Program Accounting Assistant

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