We uplift lāhui.
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 the people behind CNHA’s work on community development
The Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining CNHA, Onishi was the COO of Hawaiian Building Maintenance (HBM), one of Hawai‘i’s industry leaders in property management and building maintenance services. As COO, she oversaw all daily business and administrative operations for over 200 locations and more than 700 employees encompassing a mix of retail, commercial and residential accounts on O‘ahu, Maui and Kaua‘i. In addition, she led sales strategies and marketing campaigns to grow HBM’s market presence, and improved its recruiting, training and professional development efforts. Onishi has also served as business development director with Sandwich Isles Communications, Inc. where she was instrumental in managing contracts that provided comprehensive wireless services to residents of Hawaiian homelands.
Onishi is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and has actively volunteered with the Pilot Club of Honolulu since 2011. She resides in Salt Lake.
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Advisor to CEO
Mehanaokala is recognized as a trusted community leader and catalyst for Native Hawaiian engagement. Able to communicate key concepts and engage collaborative discussion with peers, stakeholders and executive leadership that results in strategically placed outcomes. Poised and upcoming executive leader with 20 years of experience in community organizing, strategic planning, and collaborating with community, non-profit, private and government agencies. Mehanaokala serves as the SR Director of Community Programs. Her team delivers programs in the Hawaiian Trades Academy, KūHana Business Program, …
ʻŌiwi Leaders E OLA program, Solarize Waiʻanae, and Cultural courses and orientations. They are also responsible for the co-creating and disseminating of print, radio, T.V. and online content for CNHA.
Senior Director of Advocacy and Communications
Chief of Staff
The Executive Board & Directors
Kaupeʻa Community Association (President)
Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (Vice President)
Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (Treasurer)
Ulu Aʻe Learning Center (Secretary)
Kula No Nā Poʻe Hawaiʻi
Hawaiian Community Lending
Andrew Ah Po
Kānaka Maoli O Kaleponi, Inc
Rob Van Tassell
Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi
The People Behind CNHA
Our Advocacy Team
Our Community Programs Team
Our Operations Team
Our Finance Team
Working together to serve our community.
As a driver of change and solutions, CNHA knows that the collective impact is greater when communities come together and find ways to complement the work that we do. CNHA and The Hawaiian Trades Academy appreciates all of its sponsors, partners, and industry professionals who helped support the delivery of our training programs.
MAHALO NUI LOA!
What We Do
Rent & Mortgage Relief
We can help you find the resources you need for your ʻohana to thrive -from mortage to utilities and assistance programs.
Kilohana is a collaborative of complementary change agents committed to fulfilling HTA’s vision and specific directives.
Our community programs work with members of our community to develop the skills and resources needed to thrive.
Join Our Community
Become a CNHA member to get the opportunity to join other kānaka in lifting, empowering and inspiring our lāhui.
Join our mission and help us provide powerful support for our community to develop and thrive.