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8th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention focuses on grant resources and collaboration

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HONOLULU – The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement is gearing up to host the 8th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention scheduled for Aug. 25 – 27 at the Hawai’i Convention Center.

The theme of this year’s gathering is “Making Our Future Now!” Hundreds of CNHA members, community leaders, grass roots organizers, policy makers, and cultural practitioners working in the field of community development will convene to share best practices and unify voices around policy initiatives for 2010.

“The convention is an awesome time for community leaders to pause for a moment during the year, to connect with peers, share what has worked, and learn about new opportunities,” said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA president and CEO. “This year we are dedicating an entire day toward high value grants – knowing that resources are at the top of everyone’s minds in these challenging economic times.”

Funding sources, free staffing resources, and collaborations that help multiple organizations are priorities on the convention agenda. In addition, the policy priorities set to be discussed includes a short list that would interest candidates running for governor in the 2010 elections, more than a year away.

“Public policy and having a unified voice from community organizations is vital to the well-being of our membership,” Danner said. “We work all year long to identify the most pressing issues and to capture the great ideas from leaders that are working on the ground every day. We intend to lay out the expectations we’ve identified for the next administration.”

Attendees, whether in the public, business or nonprofit sector are assured of dynamic speakers, timely policy reports, grant writing sessions and fellowship opportunities to connect with colleagues working in every facet of the community. The convention also includes a Native Hawaiian Marketplace where exhibitors, artisans, practitioners and community vendors can share their crafts and knowledge.

Registration and sponsorship packages for the convention are now available. To learn more contact CNHA at (808) 596-8155 (from Oahu), toll-free at (800) 709-2642, or via e-mail at info@hawaiiancouncil.org.