Convention Agenda

 Enjoy four days of cultural workshops, activities, breakout sessions, hot issue discussions, panels, debates, entertainment, and more! 

 Agenda subject to change.

* Add-On items marked with the asterisk require separate purchasing during registration 

July 19: Convention Day 1


ʻAha ʻŌpio: Ulu Koa

Planting the seeds of civic engagement in the future generations of ʻōiwi Leaders. Calling out to our young Aloha ʻĀina, our Native Hawaiian students, to Join us at the CNHA Annual Native Hawaiian Convention as we take you through a full day of understanding the framework of our Native Rights in Hawaiʻi and the systems that they operate in. Water rights, Ceded Lands, Kingdom laws and more will be discussed. This is also an opportunity for teachers to participate and earn a stipend for your participation. The ʻAha ʻŌpio occurs on the first day of convention, July 19 from 9:00am – 4:30pm (8:30am registration) and participants on this first day get full access to the entirety of the convention for free. Seats for students and teachers are limited so sign up now at

Community Workshops: Session 1

Ke Ola Kupuna

Keolamaikalani Dean and Dr. Pokiʻi Balaz

Recentering Ola in Kūpuna care with strategies to keep kūpuna integrated in their ʻohana and vibrant in our communities.

Digital Marketing

Patrick McGovern and Leslie Dance from Wondros

The new day and age of marketing has gone digital. Join the discussion on digital marketing techniques and advancements that are used by businesses here in Hawaii. Learn about new perspectives and demographics that target audiences who utilize digital platforms on a daily basis. What appeals to the new generation of consumers? Have social media platforms become the new way of advertising? Reimagining advertising from the palm of your hand.

Lauhala Weaving

Keoua Nelsen

In my hands I see my grandmother's hands.....”
Keoua Nelsen, a 6th generational lauhala practitioner and weaver, bridges the gap between customary weaving practices of his kūpuna to modern day contemporary practices. Participants will experience one of Hawaiʻiʻs cultural lifestyle practices of ulana lauhala (lauhala weaving) along with lessons and values learned from his many kumu.


Resources for Nonprofits

Melissa Unemori Hampe , Partner Skog Rasmussen LLC and Lisa Maruyama, President and CEO of the Hawaiʻi Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations (HANO)

Early-stage nonprofits can learn about multiple tools to build capacity, fill knowledge gaps, and otherwise become stronger organizations to better meet the needs of the lāhui and broader community. Resources will include various grant opportunity trackers and information sources to help nonprofits plan for the future


Section 106 & HRS 6E Training

Dr. Trisha Kehaulani Watson

This training is an overview of the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 and HRS 6E processes . Learn about how to engage in consultation regarding historic properties and cultural resources in your communities. Training will be 90 minutes long and include a workbook with letter templates and other materials to help you become an effective advocate for cultural resources


High Electric Bills? Solarize Waiʻanae: A Community Approach to Rooftop Solar

Mehanaokala Hind - CNHA , Stephany Vaioleti - Hawaiʻi Energy, Kurt Tsue - Hawaiian Electric Company, Gwen Yamamoto Lau - Hawaiʻi Green Infrastructure Authority, Ben Sullivan - Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency City & County of Honolulu

Renewable energy is a necessity for the sustainability of our island home. Relying on oil, coal, and other resources to be shipped into Hawaiʻi makes Hawaiʻi very vulnerable to world problems as we are seeing at the gas pumps. Come and join us as we discuss community driven renewable energy models, focusing right now on the Waiʻanae coast, but applicable to every community in Hawaiʻi. If you are looking for an alternative to the high cost of electricity, this workshop is for you.

Community Workshops: Session 2

Non-Profit Training

Dr. Trisha Kehaulani Watson

This training is for those looking to start their own nonprofit organization or are in the early stages of running their own nonprofit. Learn about the steps you need to take to start your organization off right and stay in compliance. Training will be 75 minutes long and include a workbook with materials to help you get started.


Kahili Making

ʻAhahui Siwila Hawaiʻi o Kapolei

Providing powerful and spiritual protection and signifying political importance, kāhili were displayed whenever Nā Aliʻi (high-ranking men, women, or children) were present. Small kāhili (kāhili paʻa lima) were carried by chiefs or their attendants as badges of status. Large kāhili (kāhili kū), graced royal throne rooms and mausoleums and were carried at royal processions and funerals. Today, kāhili paʻa lima are presented as awards, graduation/retirement gifts, and acknowledgment of gratitude. Come create your own kāhili paʻa lima in this workshop presented by members of ʻAhahui Siwila Hawaiʻi o Kapolei. Limit 30 participants.

Items you’ll need for this workshop: small scissors, patience and a smile.


ʻOhe Kapala

Nalu Andrade - Nā Maka Kahiko

Come and join Kumu Nalu Andrade for an ʻOhe Kāpala Stamping Workshop
Learn the history of ʻohe kāpala and a brief explanation on the meaning of the
designs and patterns. Using provided ʻohe kāpala and dyes, this hands on
workshop will consist of stamping on a canvas mini bag. Kumu Nalu will provide all
the materials necessary for this workshop.



Puka Asing

Hawaiʻi is known as the melting pot of the Pacific. With the migration of many nationalities during the plantation era, our ancestor's roots have a story to tell. Reaching back further, Polynesian's have journeyed far and wide to make these islands their home. Join us as we explore and navigate bloodlines that connect us to those who came before us.


Grabbing the Reigns of Film Production in Hawai'i

Malia Ka'aihue, Ty Sanga, and Lāiana Kanoa-Wong

This workshop will provide a genealogy of Film Production in Hawai'i and demonstrate diverse pathways for participants to enter the film industry. The speakers will facilitate a deep discussion on Hawaiian world in relation to the economics and politics of the film industry. The workshop will include a dialogue with greater community involvement in Hawai'i's storytelling with Emmy-award winner Producer and Director Ty Sanga


Mana Mahu

Kumu Hina

Join us as we embark on a journey through the lives of leaders and members of the community who identify as Mahu. These empowering individuals share their stories and trials they have endured in the communities they call home. We will have an opportunity to discover to learn and understand the meaning of Mahu and the ties to our native culture and understanding.




July 20: Convention Day 2


General Session

  • Opening Ceremony

  • Welcoming Remarks

    • CNHA Leadership

    • Governor David Ige

  • Keynote Addresses

    • Micah Kāne, Hawaii Community Foundation

    • Jack Wong, Kamehameha Schools

  • Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae: A Community-Led Approach to Housing

  • Empowering ʻŌiwi Leadership Award Presentation

  • CNHA Year in Review




Available for purchase in Pre-Paid Meal Package

Community Workshops: Session 1

What’s Up in D.C.?

Krystal Kaʻai, Erika Moritsugu, and PaaWee Rivera with moderator Paula Akana

Breakout Session sponsored by AT&T: Next generation leadership in Washington, D.C. provide updates on federal priorities for Native Hawaiians.

Stewardship Through the Wisdom of Our Ancestors

Kekuewa Kikiloi, Luna Kekoa, Uilani Naipo with moderator Kevin Chang

Integrating traditional Indigenous knowledge into legal frameworks to manage, protect, and preserve our natural and cultural resources for future generations.


Natives in the Headlines

Trisha Kehau Watson, Kaniela Ing, and Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi with moderator Sen. Jarrett Keohokālole

Join us for a discussion about how the media tells our stories.

Culture, Tourism, and Native Communities

John De Fries, Taimalelagi Minnie Patosina Tuia, Mufi Hannemann, and Doug Chang with moderator Ilihia Gionson

Hear from leaders in the visitor industry talk about changing the narrative of tourism, integrating cultural perspectives into the industry, and developing pathways for young Native Hawaiians to lead in future discussions.

Access to Capital
Len Higashi, Michael Robinson, and Chrystel Cornelius with moderator Jon Ford

Native communities face unique challenges that can stymie their economic recovery from the pandemic. However, increased access to capital can help Native communities grow and thrive by creating opportunities to pursue a variety of goals, from entrepreneurship to housing security.

Elevating our Voices
Kaleo Manuel, Clayton Hee, Rodney Maile, and Councilmember Esther Kiaʻāina with moderator Tyler Iokepa Gomes

Join us for a discussion about how to increase the number of Natives employed at federal, state, and county, levels of government.


Community Workshops: Session 2

Native Engagement

Bronson Azama, Tiare Lawerence, Walter Ritte, and Rep. Daniel Holt with moderator Jacob Aki

Join leaders and organizers from Native communities to discuss best practices for engaging our people to encourage civic engagement.

No Kākou, Na Kākou: Native Hawaiian Movement Towards Data Sovereignty

Keaweʻaimoku Kaholokula, Joshua Quint, Councilmember Esther Kiaʻāina, and Lisa Watkins-Victorino with moderator Sharde Freitas

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for disaggregated data to ensure that policymakers can direct funds and resources to the communities that need it the most. There remains a lot of work to be done to ensure that federal, state, and county entities enact, and follow through with, policies that promote further data disaggregation. In this session, panelists will explore how the strengths and needs of Native Hawaiian communities have been hidden in aggregated data, and their ongoing efforts to find solutions. From data disaggregation to data governance to data sovereignty, the movement continues. No Kākou, na kākou: for us, by us.


Priced out of Paradise

Kali Watson, Pam Witty-Oakland, Ashleigh Loa, and Keoni Kuoha with moderator Rebecca Soon

Join us for a discussion about the ongoing housing crisis and how government can work with non-profit organizations to develop more affordable housing.

Native Hawaiians in Sports

Find out what drives the talented kanaka who represent our Lāhui, keep us in the stands and watching from home.


Food Sovereignty: Building Demand for Locally Grown, Native Foods

Noa Lincoln, Randall Tanaka, Kāʻeo Duarte, and Paula Daniels with moderator Dexter Kishida

Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture system. Join us for a roundtable discussion about how to support food sovereignty efforts, and how to increase demand for locally grown foods.


Economic Development in Tourism

Frank Among, Hiʻilei Kawelo, Kealoha Domingo, Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, and Kūʻike Kamakea-Ohelo with moderator Napua Harbottle

This conversation will focus on economic development opportunities for local people within the visitor industry, and how to promote workforce development and expand local business market participation.

 Community Workshops: Session 3

Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Natives

Lisa Watkins-Victorino, Ashly Mahaʻa, and Dolly Tatofi with moderator Khara Jabola-Carolus

This panel will shed light on the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two spirit folks, and bring this national discussion into the Hawaiʻi context.


Kupukupu: Education Emerging Forth Reimagined

Kū Kahakalau, Donavan Kealoha, Kaikaina Kekua, and Waianuhea Walk with moderator Waiʻaleʻale Sarsona

The COVID-19 pandemic forced us all into new spaces and experiences but in a very familiar place: our home. For most, the home became the classroom, the principal’s office, and the counselor’s office with makua and kupuna filling many roles. Through those challenging times, how has education been enhanced and augmented through digital connectivity? With an ʻohana centered approach, what are the educational possibilities? And how do we balance the challenges of digital education with the cultural values and teachings that we must pass on?


Evening Reception

*Special Event: Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards

The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, occasionally called the Nā Hōkū Awards or Hoku Awards, are the premier music awards in Hawaii. They are considered to be Hawaii's equivalent of the Grammy Awards.

This program will be broadcasted on Hawaiʻi News Now live from the Sheraton Waikīkī.


July 21: Convention Day 3


General Session

  • CNHA Member Highlights

  • Welcoming Remarks from our Elected Leaders

  • Keynote Addresses

    • Scott Seu, President and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries

    • County Mayors' Panel - Beyond Sustainable to Regenerative: Setting High Standards for Tourism in Hawaiʻi

      • Rick Blangiardi​, Honolulu Mayor

      • Michael Victorino, Maui Mayor

      • Derek Kawakami, Kauai Mayor

      • Mitch Roth, Hawaiʻi Island Mayor

  • Mele & Hula Performances




Available for purchase in Pre-Paid Meal Package


Community Workshops: Session 1

Huliau: Redefining Relationships with the Visitor Industry

George Kam, Kūhaʻo Zane, Frank Haas, and Kahulu DeSantos with moderator Adrian Kamaliʻi

As our communities grapple with the strain of climate change, overtourism, economic instability, and a global pandemic, it is clear that the time is ripe for bold, transformational change. Join us for a spirited discussion about reimagining the future of tourism, and how we can cultivate mindful travelers who understand and embrace the kuleana that comes with visiting our homeland.


Mālama Mauna a Wākea

Noe Noe Wong-Wilson, Rep. Scott Saiki, and Rich Matsuda with moderator Mahinapoepoe Paishon-Duarte

Building off the work of the Mauna Kea Working Group, HB2024 seeks to create a new stewardship model to better care for Mauna a Wākea. Join us, along with key players in this effort, as we discuss HB2024, its implications, and next steps.


$600M to Fulfill the Promise

Tyler Iokepa Gomes and Rep. Sylvia Luke with moderator Ray Soon

Join us for a talk story with DHHL, lawmakers, and waitlisters to discuss plans to utilize the historic $600 million in funding to address the needs of native Hawaiians on the waitlist.


The Great Resignation: Where will ʻŌiwi work after COVID?

Kaʻala Souza, Steven Bond-Smith, Hilton Raethel, and Donovan Kealoha with moderator Neil Hannahs

The COVID-19 Pandemic resulted in many financial and personal hardships, but it also created incentives and opportunities for individuals to pivot towards entrepreneurship or other employment that provides improved pay or better work-life balance. What does it mean for both employees and employers? Join us for a robust discussion on workforce development, emerging industries and where will our people work tomorrow.


ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: After Clarabal

Kaʻanoʻi Walk, Kalehua Krug, Kahea Faria and Sharla Manley with moderator Daylin-Rose Heather

Nearly three years after the landmark Clarabal decision, join us for a discussion about the current state of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and access to immersion education.

Community Workshops: Session 2

Economic Outlook: Reflections and Predictions
Eugene Tian, Olin Lagon, Kalama Kim, and Marcus Noland with moderator Howard Dashefsky

As Hawaiʻi enters a "new phase" in its response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, join us for a reflection on our economic recovery efforts in 2022 and a discussion of what the future may hold.


Mauli Ola: A Holistic Understanding of Native Hawaiian Health

Kealoha Fox, Keaweʻaimoku Kaholokula, Kamanaʻo Crabbe with moderator Sheri-Ann Daniels

Join us for a discussion of the many factors that contribute to Maoli health outcomes. 


The Benefits and Risks of Starting and Maintaining an NHO 8(a)

Daphne Tong-Pave, Philip Kahue and Cariann Ah loo with moderator Shannon Edie

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Business Development program provides several opportunities for small businesses owned by Native Hawaiian Organizations. Join us for a discussion about the benefits provided by SBA 8(a) program, and how to participate in it.


Ola i ka Wai: Crisis at Kapūkakī

Wayne Tanaka and Ernie Lau with moderator Nāʻālehu Anthony

The ongoing water crisis at Kapūkakī (Red Hill) has become one of the most devastating and consequential issues affecting Hawaiʻi in years. With so many questions left unanswered about the full scope of the fuel contamination in our aquifer, the potential consequences are far reaching and include substantial impacts on future affordable housing developments, local businesses and Hawaiʻi's economy. Join us for a discussion with the key players to better understand the implications for Honolulu's future.

Setting a Strong Foundation For Your Organization Through Hawaiian Culture

Cheryl Lupenui, Benjamin Ancheta, Jr., A. Aukahi Austin Seabury, and ʻAulani Kekuna with moderator Kuʻulani Keohokālole

A discussion on creating a professional work environment that embraces an understanding of Native Hawaiian culture, traditions, and values.

Homestead Beneficiary Associations Serving the Lahui

Sybil Lopez, Mike Kahikina, Kainoa MacDonald, Iwalani McBrayer, and Rolina Faagai with moderator Robin Danner

Hear from long standing homestead and waitlist leaders, on programs, projects and policy advocacy on Hawaiian Home Lands serving homesteads and the overall Hawaiian community. Housing development, mortgage lending, job opportunities, pandemic services, childcare and other community based programming by homestead organizations for the lahui.


Community Workshops: Session 3

Legislative Hui Round Table

Join us for a roundtable with Native Hawaiian serving organizations to discuss how to better advocate together at the legislature.

Evening Reception

Governor and Lieutenant Governor Debates

While the pandemic presented Hawaiʻi with enormous challenges, it also offered us the opportunity to re-think what our future should look like. Will tomorrow resemble yesterday? Will we face the same struggles after the pandemic as we did prior? The answers to these questions will be made in large part by Hawai’i voters when they select the state’s leadership in the upcoming election.  Join us as we present our 2022 election candidate forum, in partnership with Hawaii News Now. The evening forum will feature separate debates during which the major candidates for governor and lieutenant governor share their vision of Hawaiʻi’s future.


July 22: Convention Day 4

Closed for CNHA Members Only