Native Hawaiian Council Elects Parker to Chairmanship


January 28, 2011

Honolulu, Hawaii – The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) founded in 2001 to enhance the cultural, economic and community development of Native Hawaiians, held its first Council Meeting of the 2011 year, with action items of appointing Officers and Chairmanship of the 18-member board.  By unanimous consent, Alvin Parker, a native Hawaiian Public Charter School leader, was elected to another term as the CNHA Chairman.   Vice-chairman, treasurer and secretary were also confirmed via unanimous consent, William Ornellas, a native Hawaiian attorney, Michelle Kauhane, a homestead leader, and Li Garcia-Ballard, a native Hawaiian business leader were elected respectively.

CNHA board members serving terms also include the following, elected by voting members of CNHA:

Aimoku McClellan – Pacific Center for Economic Development

Leinā‘ala Kalama Heine, Pi‘ilani Hanohano – Hālau Nā Pualei O Likolehua

Philip Kahue, Curtney Tagupa – Alaka‘ina Foundation

Maile Meyer – Native Books / Nā Mea Hawaii

Kelly Lincoln – Panaewa Homestead Association

Akoni Akana, Shirly Ann Kahai – Friends of Moku‘ula

Mel Soong, Bob Moore, Eddie Lee – I Mua Group

Andrew Ah Po, Jan Allianic – Kanaka Maoli O Kaleponi, Inc.

Michael Naho‘opi‘i, Carol-Marie Kanohi Lee – Kaho‘olawe Island Reseve Commission

Lance Holden, Annelle Amaral – ‘Aha Hui Siwila Hawai‘i O Kapolei

Keoni Jensen, Tee Furtado, Darlene Butts – Mainland Council Associaton of Hawaiian Civic Clubs

Harold Johnston, Puni Kekauoha – Papakolea Community Development Corporation

Trustee Bob Lyndsey, Kama Hopkins – Individual Member (OHA)

Judge Bill Fernandez – Native Hawaiian Political Action Committee

Corporate officer appointments for full time leadership were also taken action on, with Robin Puanani Danner, the Chief Executive Officer appointed for another term as the Council President, Napali Woode, the Chief Financial Officer appointed as Senior Vice President and Lilia Kapuniai, the Community Services Manager appointed as Vice President.  All three executives have provided consistent leadership as a team for several years.

Vice presidents approved by the board that provide probono assistance to the Council include Jade Danner, CEO of a small business technology firm and Noe Kalipi, CEO of a native advocacy firm.

The CNHA governing board convenes four times a year, and conducts an annual members meeting at the Annual Native Hawaiian Convention.  For more information, visit or call 808.596.8155.

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, or visit our website at


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