We invite you to join us virtually on October 7, 2020 for the 19th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention.  This convening will bring together cultural practitioners, educators, health care and housing providers, business leaders, kūpuna and future leaders from our next generation. 


The Annual Native Hawaiian Convention is the largest convening of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Hawaiʻi.

In light of the worldwide pandemic - and the need to protect our loved ones - especially our kūpuna, this yearʻs convention has been downsized to one day and will be 100% virtual.

There is no cost to attend this yearʻs convention.  However registration is required.



October 7, 2020


9:00 am      Opening Protocol

                       Welina (Welcome)

                      Message from Hawaiʻi Delegation

10:00 am  Panel Discussion - Drawing on the ʻike of our kūpuna to deal with the impacts of COVID-19 (Panelists: Hokulani Holt, Kalei Nuʻuhiwa, and Pueo Pata, Facilitator: Mehanaokala Hind)

10:45 am CNHA Year in Review                   

11:00 am Keynote Speaker - Incoming HTA President and CEO, John De Fries

11:15 am Panel Discussion - Elections 2020 (Panelists: Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Councilwoman-elect Andria Tupola, and Head of State Bumpy Kanahele, Facilitator: Kaipo Leopoldino)

12:00 pm    BREAK

12:20 pm    Hawaii County Mayoral Candidates Virtual Meetup (Panelists: Ikaika Marzo and Mitch Roth, Facilitator: Paula Akina)

12:40 pm      Honolulu Prosecutor Candidates Virtual Meetup (Panelists: Megan Kau and Steve Alm; Facilitator: Paula Akana)

1:00 pm      Keynote Speaker: CEO of Kamehameha Schools, Jack Wong

Panel Discussion - Beyond Recovery: Reimagining Hawaiʻiʻs Economy (Panelists: Kamehameha School Trustees, Facilitator: Jack Wong)  

2:15 pm      Close Plenary - Transition to Breakouts


COMMUNITY RESOURCES - (for individuals and businesses/non-profits) - Community Non-Profits, Federal, State and County Officials will share about the resources available to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19.

ʻĀINA ALOHA ECONOMIC FUTURES DISCUSSION - Hawaii tells two powerful stories about the pandemic. One of resilience, innovation, and community. Community organizations and local businesses have stepped up to support everyday people. Aina Aloha Economic Futures re-envisions Hawaiʻi.

COMMUNITY PANEL: DISAPPEARING TRUST - The State of Hawaii, through legislation, is moving to eliminate the "Public Land Trust". These lands belong to Kanaka Maoli. Tune in to learn whatʻs going on - and what can we do about it.


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October 8, 2020  


10:00 am     POLICY BREAKOUT


EDUCATION - The Education Caucus will convene to identify priorities that address the needs of students and families from Early Learning through College and Career Education. Discussion topics include Native Hawaiian Education, ʻĀina-based Education, Alternative Assessments, Hawaiian-Medium Education, Public Charter Education and Higher Education.


HEALTH - Join Native Hawaiian health experts in a discussion about our communities health needs and developing strategies and solutions for the future. Participate in driving policy priorities that promote a healthy Hawaiian community.


BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - The Business & Economic Development Caucus will focus on entrepreneurship, small business development, and increasing economic stability in our community. Join us for a solutions-based discussion around small business and economic development needs in our communities.


ʻĀINA - CNHA and partners will convene a number of participants from different practices on ʻāina to discuss mālama ʻāina and how Hawaiian cultural and traditional strategies can be used to mitigate the effects of climate change.


HOUSING - The Housing Roundtable will bring together community members with public and private sector leaders to explore the important role of meaningful community engagement in developing multi sector relationships that result in shared accountability, community buy-in, healthier neighborhoods, and a more streamlined affordable housing development process.


HOMESTEAD - Convening homesteaders from across the state to discuss policy priorities to advance the well-being of Hawaiian Homes Commission Act beneficiaries.


PACIFIC ISLANDS - The Caucus will focus on Economic Development in Oceania, including the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; the Freely Associated States of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands; and the independent Pacific Island nations.


Kamehameha Schools

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Hawaii Community Foundation

Murphy Family Fund

California Community Foundation

Coulter Foundation

Hawaii Tourism

Office of Hawaiian Affairs