Empowering ʻŌiwi Businesses



As a resilient people, we lean on the ʻike and wisdom of our kūpuna as we navigate our way forward. I ka wā ma mua, ka wā ma hope – the future is the past.


The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement is launching the next KūHana Cohort – Food Systems Edition. This cohort is focused on serving any business that supports the food system economy here in Hawaiʻi. As the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many lessons, food security and resilience is imperative now more than ever.

The KūHana program will provide business training & best practices, technical assistance services, and business tools that address economic development accross our food system.


This is a 10-week intensive course series starting March 9, 2021. All Hawaiʻi-based businesses are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to CNHA members and Hawaiian or minority-owned businesses. Graduates of the program may be eligible for a discounted rate for a business loan with CNHA as well as a 1-year business membership with CNHA. The registration fee for this course is $250, with a 50% discount for applicants CNHA Business Membership.

*Scholarships Available*




aloha ʻāina ʻoiaʻiʻo


Businesses linked to the food/agricultural-economy of Hawaiʻi.


Food system resilience! That is the way forward to secure a strong economy. This cohort will prepare food system businesses to scale and plan for future demand.

March 9 to May 3, 2021

Click here to apply online

applications close Feb. 11


to build and grow

Businesses 5+ years in operation. 


Scale up! Learn to grow your company and take it to the next level with culturally-grounded business practices.

March 19 to August 23, 2021

Fill out the interest form here


to solidify and to make strong

Start-ups 1 to 4 years in operation. 


Solidify the foundation! Learn market research, cultural values, and sustainability integration to set a strong foundation from which to grow.

Check out the business cohort participants here!


beginner business seminars

Got an idea? Learn the basics for free to start your business with Kaʻohi Training Seminar program. 

Click here to register

Classes are ongoing

E Kūkulu Cohort 2020

“We are so grateful to have been a part of the KūHana Business Program. All of the instructors were truly inspiring and experts in their fields. The program provided us with the tools, knowledge, and resources needed to grow our business to a new level while maintaining a foundation of our important Hawaiian values."

- Kailin Kim, Hoʻōla Honey

“Being a part of Kū Hana has completely changed my outlook on my business model, and has provided me new insights, business strategies, and connection to culture.”

- Wendy Awai-Dakroub, ʻŌhiʻa Technology Group

Meet the Program Manager

G. Max Mukai is a Program Manager at CNHA.  He was raised in the East Honolulu Kona District of Oʻahu – He is a proud graduate of Kamehameha Schools class of 2010 and attended Pepperdine University Seaver College undergraduate program and Graziadio School of Business & Management for his graduate program. His passions can be found at the intersection of Hawaiian culture and economic development.

Our Sponsors & Partners

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement

with the U.S. Small Business Administration

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