Hawaiian Nonprofit Expands Lending on PV Systems


Honolulu, Hawaii –At the July 2013 nonprofit board meeting of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), members approved the expansion of its photovoltaic loan product by increasing the loan limit and extending the loan term to 20 years.

                        “This is really exciting,” said Brett Nakoa, CNHA loan officer.  “The approval by our board will make residential solar even more accessible by Native Hawaiians, which is so important to reducing monthly utility expense and increasing net funds for families.”

The PV loan package has a term for 20 years which significantly reduces monthly payments and interest rates range from four and six percent depending on your credit profile. Beneficiaries are able to take advantage of all federal and state taxes along with any other incentives that may be available. It’s important to note that this program has no down-payment requirement and the closing costs are minimal.

CNHA is certified as a Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by the U.S. Treasury, one of only 75 in the country serving Native peoples.  In Hawaii, CNHA is the only native CDFI with a statewide service area that primarily focuses on Hawaiian Home Lands where more than 30,000 Hawaiians reside.

“It’s a good asset building strategy to insure our communities are not left behind on solar technology that can help reduce dependency on fossil fuel based energy,” said Michelle Kauhane, CNHA president.  “When we became certified to make loans in 2010, solar loans were one of our very first products.”

Within the first week since approval of the new loan terms for PV, the nonprofit has approved over $100,000 in loans, adding to its $631,000 Solar PV and Solar Water portfolio.

“We really want our community to have choices and not be locked in to only leasing systems, but rather owning the system to reap the entire benefit of tax credits and reduced costs,” Nakoa said.

Interested applicants can email info@hawaiiancouncil.org or contact Brett Nakoa at (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 cultural, economic, political, 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 at www.hawaiiancouncil.org.


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OHA: Punawai Program – Offering a Helping Hand to Struggling Families (updated 9/23/2015)

[UPDATE 9/23/2015: The Punawai Program is an active, OHA-funded program administered on O’ahu by Helping Hands Hawai’i.  Due to the volume of calls the program receives and that there is no dedicated staff person to answer the calls (staff who conduct call-backs for phone screens are the same staff who conduct in-person intakes), the program phone line is not answered live.  Participants must leave a message and will receive a call back within 72 hours. ]

Native Hawaiian families that have been pushed to their financial edge have a new place to turn for help paying their bills.

The Pūnāwai Program will help eligible families pay rent, car notes, water bills and other expenses as part of a broader effort over the next two years to ensure their financial survival.

OHA beneficiary Joelle Aoki speaks at community meeting on Lāna‘i about an ongoing need to help some Hawaiian families on the Neighbor Islands prosper and thrive.

OHA beneficiary Joelle Aoki speaks at community meeting on Lāna‘i about an ongoing need to help some Hawaiian families on the Neighbor Islands prosper and thrive.

The community-based group won a two-year $1.2 million contract from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to provide emergency financial assistance to Native Hawaiian-families that are struggling to pay bills on time and keep debts at a manageable level.

Last year, $1,147 was the average amount of financial aid received by the 200-plus Hawaiian families that sought help for similar services under the OHA contract that expired July 31.

OHA has awarded the new contract to the Pūnāwai Program, which is a collaboration among three non-profit organizations: Helping Hands Hawaii; Catholic Charities of Hawaii; and Hawaiian Community Assets.

Among the specific services provided by the group will be help paying security deposits on rent, covering funeral expenses, and keeping up with electricity bills. Other services include financial assistance with asset-building strategies, such as Individual Development Accounts, which are special savings accounts designed to help low-income people invest in their future.

“We look forward to this collaboration exceeding our most optimistic expectations,” said OHA Chief Executive Officer (Ka Pouhana) Kamanaʻopono Crabbe. “Our investment is ultimately in helping Native Hawaiian families become more financially viable.”

For more information, call:
•    (808) 440-3804 – O’ahu (also, Helping Hands Hawaii, at 536-7234)
•    (808) 961-7051- Hawai’i Island
•    (808) 632-6950 – Kaua’i
•    (808) 872-6251- Maui ( as well as Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi)

Inaugural E Ala Voyaging Canoe Golf Tournament 11/15/13 – Registration Deadline 11/1/13

E Ala, photo courtesy of Waianae High School's Searider Productions.

E Ala, photo courtesy of Waianae High School’s Searider Productions.

Tournament Information:

Friday, November 15, 2013

Makaha Valley Country Club

10:00 a.m. – Registration Opens / Lunch for Golfers
12:00 p.m. – Shotgun Start

3-person team, scramble

Registration Website:

Tournament Packet: Includes introduction,

sponsorship levels, registration form, prize donations.

Registration Due:
Friday, November 1st

Awards Banquet Menu:
Hawaiian Buffet
Kalua Pig, Chicken Long Rice, Squid Luau, Fish Poke, Lomi Salmon, Haupia, White Rice, Poi
Fruit Punch, Water

For more information, contact:
Kawika M. Ayau, Partner
Manawale`a Project
Website: www.manawaleaproject.com

Job Opportunity: LCC Waianae Counselor – Closing Date 8/20/13

The ad is posted with a closing date of August 20.



Lori Lei Hayashi
Human Resources Assistant Manager
Leeward Community College
Human Resources Office
Ph.  808-455-0657
Fax 808-455-0658

Instructor, CC (Counselor)
position number 82465, Leeward CC, (Leeward Community College-Wai`anae)

full-time, tenure track, general funds, 11-month, beginning approximately 09/13, pending availability of funds and actual staffing requirements.

Duties: Under general supervision of the Dean of Student Services and in close collaboration with the Academic Coordinator of LCC-Waianae, responsible for providing information, assistance, guidance, and support to students at LCC-Wai`anae.  The Counselor will function as an integral team member within the LCC-Wai`anae Unit.  This position will include evening and weekend hours on and off campus.  Continue reading

AYSO Youth Referee Camp Aug. 3-4, 2013

Is your 10-18 year old interested in becoming a referee?

AYSO is sponsoring a Youth Referee Camp Saturday and Sunday (8/3 & 8/4).

Learn from some of the best instructors AYSO has to offer.  Tom Bobadilla (AYSO National Referee Administrator) is the Lead Instructor.

Upon successful completion of the camp they will be certified as “Regional Referees”.

Saturday, August 3rd 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Camp Timberline

Sunday, August 4th 12:00 pm –4:00 pm
Waipio Soccer Park

(Attendance on both days is required in order to become certified.)

Cost: $35**

**Leeward Region 269 is offering to cover the cost of the camp for the first 10 Leeward youth volunteers to register.  That’s right….the first 10 youth to e-mail the registration form to Cheri Lewis at tpcayso269@gmail.com will have their registration fee paid in full.  The registration form can be found on our website at:  www.leewardayso269.com

Please contact Cheri Lewis, Youth Referee Camp Coordinator, if you have any questions.