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Native Hawaiian Advancement Council Offering Workshop Scholarships

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The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement – CNHA – is inviting students and teachers to register for ‘Aha ‘Ōpio: Ulu Koa, an education workshop designed to engage and inspire future leaders in civic engagement.

The workshop takes places on July 19, the first day of the 21st Annual Native Hawaiian Convention at Sheraton Waikīkī. Scholarships to cover the cost to attend the convention are being offered to students and teachers who register for the workshop.

“An important part of the Native Hawaiian Convention is to engage our young aloha ‘āina, our Native Hawaiian students, to plant the seeds of civic engagement in future generation of ʻōiwi leaders,” said Kūhiō Lewis, chief executive officer of CNHA. “This is an opportunity for students and educators to take part in a workshop that will inspire them to become engaged community leaders. And it will also provide them an opportunity to learn and meet other leaders in our community during the annual Native Hawaiian Convention.”


The ʻAha ʻŌpio is scheduled on the first day of the convention – July 19 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will take participants through a full-day of learning and understanding more about the framework of native rights in Hawai‘i and the system that they operate in. Topics for discussion include water rights, ceded lands, kingdom laws and more.

Scholarship for ‘Aha ‘Ōpio are now available for students and teachers to register. Those who register will also be provided with full access to the entirety of the convention at no charge. Registration is available at https://cvent.me/OkK3Ax.

Teachers who register and attend the ‘Aha ‘Ōpio will also earn a stipend for their participation.


The 21st Annual Native Hawaiian Convention will be held at the Sheraton Waikīkī on July 19-22, 2022 and features discussions on cultural perpetuation, civic engagement and tourism transformation. In addition, for the first time ever, the Native Hawaiian Convention will host the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards ceremony.

For CNHA members, the convention registration fee is $75. For non-members, the registration fee is $175. Meals and evening event tickets will be available for additional fees. For more information about the convention and to register, visit https://www.hawaiiancouncil.org/convention.

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