Policy Priorities & Advocacy

The CNHA Policy Center convenes its member organizations and other non-governmental organizations around public policy priorities and solutions to meet the challenges of Native Hawaiians. Based on year-round Native Hawaiian forums, roundtables and policy convening, an annual Policy Priorities List is adopted at the Annual Native Hawaiian Convention (ANHC) hosted by CNHA in the fall of each year.

Policy Leadership Development & Hawaiian Week in DC

The CNHA Policy Center coordinates a year-round Policy Leadership Program to support emerging leader in public policy skills, capacity, methodologies and advocacy. The program features regular public policy training and forums in Hawaii, with an annual trek to Washington D.C. for a week of hand-on exposure to federal agencies and policy makers. Contact policy@hawaiiancouncil.org at any time during the year to inquire about policy event scheduling.

Policy Priorities are organized by 8 Policy Caucus Subject Areas:

  • Arts & Culture

  • Pacific Islander

  • Economic Development & Small Business

  • Education

  • Healthcare

  • Homestead Trust Lands

  • Housing & Homelessness

  • ‘Āina