About Us

We uplift lāhui.

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

Our programs help Hawaiians connect to culture and resources and develop the skills needed to thrive.

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

Our team leader responsible for the vision and execution of CNHA's community programs and initiatives

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DANIEL KANIELA SHARP

CFO

Kaniela is our financial leader responsible for the management, development, and growth of all CNHA financial assets.

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KALOKUOKAMAILE KAHALEPO

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Kaloku is our team caregiver who works hand-in-hand with Kūhiō to execute the vision of the organization.

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NANCY KING

LOAN FUND MANAGER

Nancy is our housing and financial literacy expert with a passion for helping beneficiaries thrive.

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RICHARD MEDEIROS

PROGRAM MANAGER

Richard is our advocate for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander representation and in our community. He leads our Census efforts.

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JONETTE

BUZA-KING

IN-TAKE SPECIALIST

Jonette works one-on-one with our beneficiaries to connect them with resources and emergency financial assistance through our Kahiau Program.

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DES'REE SUZUKI

ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT

Des-ree is our financial specialist that aids in the management, development, and growth of all CNHA financial assets.

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KANOE TJORVATJOGLOU-CUP CHOY

COO

Kanoe is our team organizer who oversees operations of the company and the work of CNHA by establishing policies that promote our culture and vision

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DANIELLE CHAVEZ

HUMAN RELATIONS MANAGER

Danielle is our head people person, looking out for the well-being of our team, both individually and as a whole.

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KAWENA LEI CARVALHO-MATTOS

SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER

Kawena is our team wild card, executing communications, special projects, and everything in between.

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LEONANI PUAILIHAU

COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER

Leo is our community people person, that connects CNHA with its members and overseas cultural programs for our community.

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RONA KEKAUOHA

PROGRAM MANAGER

Rona is our education coordinator who helps learning opportunities for Native Hawaiians gain skills needed in a trades career.  

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DAWNY JONES KAMAKA

PROGRAM SPECIALIST

Dawny is our compassionate who listens to beneficiaries and connects them with resources and emergency financial assistance through our Kahiau Program.

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