Calling all ‘ōpio! Are you a student interested in being more involved in the Native Hawaiian community? Do you want to make an impact and effect positive change for Native Hawaiians? Is your dream job to be a leader and major influencer within the lāhui?

The Kanaka Makua program empowers aspiring young leaders and community members to engage in the areas of Aloha ‘Āina (Government), Mālama ‘Āina (Sustainability), and ‘Oihana (Business).

The goals of this program are to:

  • Educate ‘ōpio on the current efforts being made in Aloha ‘Āina, Mālama ‘Āina and ‘Oihana
  • Allow ‘ōpio a voice and floor to discuss our current issues and efforts, as well as ideas for improvement, future efforts, and new ways to engage wider community participation
  • Prepare ‘ōpio for future leadership through ‘ōiwi mentorship and personal feedback
  • Promote pilina among aspiring ‘ōpio leaders, helping them to network among both each other and existing community leaders

Aspiring alaka‘i (leaders) ages 13-30 are encouraged to attend our launch event:

‘Ōpio Leading Lāhui

September 25th, 2019, 3:30pm – 6pm

Hawaii Convention Center

Workshop participants are also welcome to participate in the 18th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention, taking place at the Hawaii Convention Center from September 21 -25. We encourage you to hear from and engage with business and community leaders, attend workshops about mobilizing your community and participate in policy discussions related to ‘āina, culture, business, education, housing, health and more! Scholarships are available for program participants interested in attending. Apply for a scholarship today!

To register for the ‘Ōpio Leading Lāhui event, please fill out the form below. Registration is limited and while we will accept as many ‘ōpio as possible, acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Program Values

ʻImi Naʻauao – Promoting scholars and learning

Kūkā – Empowering the Youth Voice

Hoʻo Paʻa – Engaging youth participation and planning

Holomua – Inspiring progress and leadership

We have had an overwhelming response and our ʻŌpio Leading Lāhui launch event is now at capacity.

Please complete the form below to be contacted about participating in future program events. 

Complete the following form to be contacted about future program opportunities.