Hawaiian Council Expands Board Leadership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 19, 2011

Honolulu, Hawaii – At the 2010 Annual Members Meeting of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), the Council revised its governing documents to increase seats on the Board of Directors from 15 to 18.

“We have incredible talent and positive energy on our Board of Directors,” said Napali Woode, CNHA Senior Vice President. “By increasing the number of seats, we benefit from the diverse expertise of our member network.”

The CNHA board nominated and appointed retired Judge William Fernandez of the Native Hawaiian Political Action Committee, and Kelly Lincoln, President of the Panaewa Hawaiian Homestead Association in Hilo.

“These are excellent appointments,” said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA CEO. “Judge Fernandez is very active in the Hawaiian community, as is Ms. Lincoln. Each adds additional perspectives – one with incredible legal and policy expertise and the other a deep connection to the issues facing homestead areas of the state.”

The CNHA board will fill the last seat to round out the 18 members of the board at its April 2011 meeting. Board members are elected from the more than 100 Native Hawaiian Organizations that are members of CNHA.

For more information or to obtain a listing of CNHA board and or member organizations, contact Faisha Solomon at 808.596.8155 or email at info@hawaiiancouncil.org.

CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawaiians. For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at info@hawaiiancouncil.org, or visit our website at www.hawaiiancouncil.org.

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