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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

President & CEO

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LEILANI GARNER

Senior Vice President,

Operations / COO

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MEHANAOKALA HIND

Senior Vice President,

Community Programs

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TYLER YATES

Vice President,

Finance / CFO

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STERLING WONG

Vice President,
Advocacy

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DANIELLE DE LIMA

Director,

HR & Operations

EXECUTIVE OFFICE

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NICK CARROLL

Senior Advisor

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RUFINO MAGLIBA

Asset Manager

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ZURI AKI

Program Manager,

Policy

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

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RONA KEKAUOHA

Program Manager,

Hawaiian Trades Academy

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KAHEALANI PELERAS

Program Manager,

Hawaiian Trades Academy

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MAX MUKAI

Program Manager,

KūHana Business

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KAWENA LEI APAO

Manager,

Communications Designer &

Special Projects

OPERATIONS

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KISHA HALBUNA

Loan Fund

Specialist

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MICHAEL CHING

Loan Portfolio & Systems

Manager

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NANCY KING

Housing Program

Manager

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CHRIS KUAIWA

Loan Fund

Manager

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KALOKU KAHALEPO

Operations Assistant

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VISA CASTILLO

Program Manager,
Member Services

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KALEO GREEN

Data Manager

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DARNELL DE PAOLI

Manager,

Compliance & Risk

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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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DAVIS PRICE

Business Development

Strategist

FINANCE

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JACOB CHU-HING

Senior Accountant

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EMILY GREEN

Accounting Specialist

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DES'REE SUZUKI

Accounting Specialist

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KAT LUNDGREN-AIWOHI

Program Accounting Assistant