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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

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KŪHIŌ LEWIS

Chief Executive Officer

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LEILANI GARNER

Chief Operating Officer

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MEHANAOKALA HIND

Senior Director,

Community Programs

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STERLING WONG

Senior Director,
Advocacy & Communications

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IAN PUMARAS

Chief Financial Officer

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ANDREW RECKTENWALD

General Counsel

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NICK CARROLL

Chief of Staff

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NĀ ALIʻI GRANTHAM

Director,

Human Resources

ADVOCACY/LEGAL

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LETANI PELTIER

Advocacy Specialist

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RUFINO MAGLIBA

Community Relations

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ALANA SONG

General Counsel

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

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HINALEIMOANA WONG-KALU

Cultural Ambassador

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KAHEALANI PELERAS

Director,

Program Implementation

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KAMUELA BARR

Director,

Hawaiian Trades Academy

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RONA KEKAUOHA

Program Manager,

Hawaiian Trades Academy

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KAWENA LEI APAO

Manager,

Designer & Special Projects

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MAX MUKAI

Program Manager,

KūHana Business

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KALEOPAʻA VARES

Strategist,

Digital Media

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SKYE KOLEALANI RAZON-OLDS

Strategist,
Social Media

OPERATIONS

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KAINALU SEVERSON

Director,

Emergency Financial Assistance

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RICHARD MEDEIROS

Deputy Director,

Emergency Financial Assistance

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NANCY KING

Manager,

Housing Program

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VISA CASTILLO

Director,
Member Services

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DAVIS PRICE

Business Development

Strategist

FINANCE/LOAN FUND

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JACOB CHU-HING

Assistant Controller

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EMILY GREEN

Accountant

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DES'REE SUZUKI

Accounting Specialist

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SABRINA MAGDATO 

Accountant

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CHRIS KUAIWA

Manager,

Loan Fund

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KISHA HALBUNA

Loan Fund

Specialist

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KALEI MAUNAKEA

Program Analyst