Empowering ʻŌiwi Businesses
ABOUT KŪ HANA
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.
2021 PROGRAM SCHEDULE
FOOD SYSTEMS EDITION
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
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
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.
KAʻOHI TRAINING SEMINARS
beginner business seminars
Got an idea? Learn the basics for free to start your business with Kaʻohi Training Seminar program.
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