Honolulu to become center of Native Hawaiians & Pacific Island Convening August 22 – 25th

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

10th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention

August 22-25, 2011 ~ Hawai‘i Convention Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

June 28, 2011

Honolulu, Hawaii – As one of the most representative Hawaiian advocacy organizations, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), will host its 10th Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Hawaii Convention Center from August 22nd – 25th, 2011.   The convening annually brings together cultural organizations, homestead and civic groups, educational organizations, and social justice and business firms to focus on the top solutions and pathways to create greater prosperity.  As part of the 4 days in Honolulu, Hawaiians have teamed up with Pacific Islander organizations to present a Pacific Islander Philanthropy Forum co-hosted by Ford Foundation Chairwoman, Irene Hirano Inouye and the Obama White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Executive Director, Kiran Ahuja.

The theme of the 10th annual convening is “Community Leaders & Solutions – Where Success Happens” sets the tone for the convention week that will cover topics of interest to a broad spectrum of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander leaders.  Listed below are some of the featured speakers presenting throughout the four-day gathering:

Chairman Daniel Akaka, Chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs;

Senior Senator Daniel Inouye, Chair of the Senate Appropriates Committee;

Territory of Guam Senator BJ Cruz, a Chamorro policy leader and cultural practitioner;

Hawaiian Homes Commission Chairman Alapaki Nahale-a;

Alaska Federation of Natives President, Julie Kitka;

Former Osage Nation Tribal Chairman, Jim Gray;

Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Peggy Saika;

And Many More!

“Our board of directors dedicates all of our staff resources to this convening every year because we know, as Native Hawaiian organizations ourselves, that when leaders make time to connect, great things are possible, and do indeed happen,” said Alvin Parker, CNHA Board Chairman and Principal of the Ka Waihona o ka Na’auao Public Charter School.  “This year, we are excited to

make stronger connections to the larger Pacific Islander community, as we continue to do with the Native people in Indian Country and Alaska.  The convention is a time of year that leaders

are able to step back from the day-to-day operations, and strategize, envision and partner with other leaders working in their fields or complimentary fields.”

On Monday, August 22nd at noon, a convention press conference will be held to outline the impact of the Native Vote in Hawaii and other states around the country on the 2012 elections.

Na Mea Hawaii and the Native Hawaiian Economic Alliance are coordinating a free marketplace at the convention open to the public between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm August 23rd – 25th.

Sponsors and partners of the conference include:  Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands, Kapolei Hawaiian Civic Club, Hawaii Charter School Alliance, Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly, Bank of Hawaii, NHO Association, the I Mua Group, and many more!

To register to attend the 10th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention, the NHPI Philanthropy Forum, or the Native Leaders Policy Roundtable, email events@hawaiiancouncil.org or call 808.596.8155.

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