Convention Agenda

 Enjoy four days of cultural workshops, activities, breakout sessions, hot issue discussions, panels, debates, entertainment, and more! 

 * Add-On items marked with the asterisk require separate purchasing during registration 

July 19: Convention Day 1


Community Workshops – 1pm

Digital Marketing

The new day and age of marketing has gone digital. Join the discussion on digital marketing techniques and advancements that are used by businesses here in Hawaii. Learn about new perspectives and demographics that target audiences who utilize digital platforms daily. What appeals to the new generation of consumers? Have social media platforms become the new way of advertising? Reimagining advertising from the palm of your hand.


Ohe Kapala

The traditional decoration of Kapa. Designs that may be seen in today's Hawaii fashion such as Manaola, ohe kapala has transcended time. Learn the meaning of this art and how it remains one of Hawaii's traditional art forms of creativity and expression.


Lauhala Weaving

Traditionally, the leaves (lau) of the Hala tree were weaved into day-to-day items used by men and women. Items ranging from baskets used to gather vegetation for villages to papale for fashion. Join our informative workshop to learn more about the styles and techniques used to create modern day items.


Mālama Kūpuna

Leadership from the Lunalilo Home share how they continue their over 130-year legacy of caring for Native Hawaiian elders and their innovative ways to provide senior care options in our changing world.


Federal and State Grant Opportunities

Learn about grant resources available to support your community, organization, and programs.


Community Workshops – 2:45pm

Resources for Non-Profits

Joining the non-profit sector/world is rewarding. Serving the community and aligning the mission of your non-profit. The journey is unique. From start to finish with a few bumps along the way.


Preparing for Audit

Over $300 million in federal cares act and rescue funds poured into the nonprofit sector over the last 2 years.  Many non-profits for the first time are subject to a single audit.  What does this mean, how do we pay for it, and what do we need to be preparing?


Kahili Making

Kahili are the symbol of royalty, with swaying feathers indicating high stature in Hawaiian culture. Carried by the mo'i wahine, or queen, and the mo'i, or king, the traditional symbols of the upper class are made from feathers grouped together to look like flowers and then tied to create a large standard. These beautiful symbols of the history and traditions of Hawaii can be created by you in this workshop.



Hawaii is known as the melting pot of the Pacific. With the migration of many nationalities during the plantation era, our ancestor's roots have a story to tell. Reaching back further, Polynesian's have journeyed far and wide to make these islands their home. Join us as we explore and navigate bloodlines that connect us to those who came before us.


E-commerce Marketing

E-Commerce marketing is the practice of using promotional tactics to drive traffic to your online store, converting that traffic into paying customers, and retaining those customers post-purchase. A holistic E-Commerce marketing strategy is made up of marketing tactics both on and off your website.


Mana Mahu

Join us as we embark on a journey through the lives of leaders and members of the community who identify as Mahu. These empowering individuals share their stories and trials they have endured in the communities they call home. We will have an opportunity to discover to learn and understand the meaning of Mahu and the ties to our native culture and understanding. 




July 20: Convention Day 2


Opening Ceremony

  • Keynote Addresses

  • Housing Panel with Lt Governor Candidates

  • White House Address


Break – 12pm


Available for purchase in Pre-Paid Meal Package

Community Workshops – 1pm

Whatʻs Happening in DC. An Update from Federal Officials

Next generation leadership provides updates federal priorities for Natives


Stewardship Through the Wisdom of Our Ancestors

Integrating traditional Indigenous knowledge into legal frameworks to manage, protect and preserve our natural and cultural resources for future generations.


Natives in the Headlines

Join us for a discussion about how the media tells our native stories. 


Missing and Murdered Women and Children

Commission on the Status of Women shed light on the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two spirit folks, and bring this national discussion into the Hawaiʻi context.


Culture, Tourism and Native Hawaiians

As we reflect on Hawai‘i’s history, we see moments that were ripe for huliau, windows when deep transformation could readily occur. There is perhaps no better moment than today, in the anticipated wake of COVID, to boldly transform tourism, Hawai‘i’s chief economic driver. What does that look like and where do Native Hawaiians fit in?


Elevating our Voices

Join us for a discussion about how to increase the number of Natives employed at the federal, state, county, local levels of government.



Community Workshops – 2:45pm

Native Engagement

Join leaders and organizers from native communities to learn best practices for engaging our people to encourage civic engagement. 


Data Management: Federal, State and County Policies, Data Disaggregation

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for disaggregated data to ensure that policymakers can direct funds and resources to the communities that need it the most. Nonetheless, there remains a lot of work to be done to ensure that federal, state, and county entities enact, and follow through with, policies that promote the further disaggregation data. 


Maunakea Management

Building off the work of the Mauna Kea Working Group, HB2024 seeks to create a new stewardship model to better care for Mauna a Wākea. Join us, along with key players in this effort, as we discuss HB2024, its implications, and next steps. 


Hawaiians in Sports: Challenges, Successes?

Hawaii is known as the melting pot of the Pacific. With the migration of many nationalities during the plantation era, our ancestor's roots have a story to tell. Reaching back further, Polynesian's have journeyed far and wide to make these islands their home. Join us as we explore and navigate bloodlines that connect us to those who came before us.


Food Sovereignty - How to build demand for native foods grown locally

Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture system. Join us for a roundtable discussion about how to support food sovereignty efforts, and how to increase demand for locally grown foods.


Economic Development in Tourism

Our culture should be defined by us. Exploring economic development opportunities for local people within the visitor industry.



Community Workshops – 4:15pm

Native Hawaiian Creatives

Join Native Hawaiians in creative industries as they talk-story about how their COVID-19 pandemic hardships, successes, and lessons learned. 


Congressional Appropriations: What does the Future Hold?

Hawaiʻi's delegation helped to secure a significant amount of federal funds for Native Hawaiian programs this year, but what does the future hold? 


Evening Reception – 6pm

*Special Event: Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards

The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, occasionally called the Nā Hōkū Awards or Hoku Awards, are the premier music awards in Hawaii They are considered to be Hawaii's equivalent of the Grammy Awards.

Televised broadcast live from the Sheraton Waikīkī.




July 21: Convention Day 3


General Session – 9am

  • Keynote Address

  • Tourism Discussion with County Mayors

  • Department of Interior

  • Civic Engagement

  • Discussion with Governor Candidates


Break – 12pm


Available for purchase in Pre-Paid Meal Package


Community Workshops – 1pm

Huliau: Redefining Relationships with the Visitor Industry

Our connection with the visitor industry has always been complicated, but the past two years have provided us with the space to look inward and reflect on this relationship. 


Federal Auditing

Join us for a talk story with Tax Experts: Taxpayers still have unresolved tax problems after exhausting all appropriate avenues of resolution; Taxpayers believe his or her rights have been abridged; Taxpayers are not looking for an alternative to the formal appeals process or established departmental procedures; and Taxpayers are not seeking legal or technical tax advice or determinations.


Roundtable with DHHL and Homestead Leadership

Hear from the Department of Hawaiian Homes Commission on their plans to utilize the $600 million to address the needs of native Hawaiians on the DHHL waitlist.


The Great Resignation

The COVID-19 Pandemic resulted in many financial and personal hardships, but it also created incentives and opportunities for individuals to pivot towards other entrepreneurship or other employment. Is this trend here to stay? What does it mean for both employees and employers? Join us for a robust discussion on the Great Resignation. 


ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: After Clarabal

Nearly three years after the landmark Clarabal decision, join us for a discussion about the current state of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and access to immersion education.


The Hip Kupuna

Come talk story with some of our esteemed, kolohe, and sexy Kupuna as they share their secrets to staying young


Screening of Kapaemahu

Kapaemahu is an animated film produced and directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson with director of animation Daniel Sousa. It is based on the long-hidden history of four healing stones on Waikiki Beach placed there as a tribute to four legendary mahu who first brought the healing arts to Hawaii.


Community Workshops – 2:45pm

Economic Outlook: Reflections and Predictions

As Hawaiʻi enters a "new phase" in its response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, join us for a reflection on our economic recovery efforts in 2022 and a discussion of what the future may hold.


Mauli Ola: A Holistic Understanding of Native Hawaiian Health

Join us for a discussion of the many factors that contribute to Maoli health outcomes. 


To be or not to be an 8a NHO

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Business Development program provides several opportunities for small businesses owned by Native Hawaiian Organizations. Join us for a discussion about the benefits provided by SBA 8(a) program, and how to participate in it.


Priced out of Paradise

Join us for a discussion about the ongoing housing crisis, as well as funding opportunities for affordable housing from federal, state, county, and philanthropic entities. 


HR for Native Orgs and Businesses

A discussion on creating a professional work environment that reflects and incorporates an understanding of Native Hawaiian culture, traditions, and values.


Meet and Greet Homestead Leaders

Meet homestead leaders from across the state and hear what priorities are important to them in their communities.



Community Workshops – 4:15pm

Legislative Hui Round Table

Join us for a roundtable with Native Hawaiian serving organizations to discuss how to better advocate together at the legislature.


Evening Reception – 6pm

*Special Event: Lei Hiwahiwa

Hula and Mele featuring current and past Miss Aloha Hula

An evening under the stars at the Coconut Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel featuring Miss Aloha Hula 2022 and past Aloha Hula, with special performances from Kumu Hula



July 22: Convention Day 4

Closed for CNHA Members Only