The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement’s annual convention for 2018 is themed Ke Au Hawai‘i in celebration of kānaka accomplishments.
The 17th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention will be held Oct. 8-10 at the Prince Waikīkī Hotel and CNHA has shared anticipated highlights at this year’s event.
> Mākeke: This popular marketplace features some of Hawai‘i’s top artisans and crafters, as well as Hawaiian-owned businesses, cultural practitioners and exhibitors.
> Opening Ceremony: After a cultural opening ceremony, the state’s top leaders will address convention attendees.
> Policy Caucuses and Convention Workshops: Convention attendees can join policy leaders as they discuss priorities for the following year, or they can take part in a host of cultural workshops.
> Rooftop Fashion Show: Project Runway star Kini Zamora, HIFinest and Keānuenue Desoto are headliners, and dinner and cocktails will be served.
> Business-to-Business Breakfast: The Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce hosts a talk from Makalika Naholowa‘a, head of trademarks at Microsoft.
> Office of Hawaiian Affairs Candidate Forum: Less than a month ahead of the 2018 general election, this event offers cocktails and dinner with candidates running to for five seats on OHA’s Board of Trustees.
> Breakfast with State Legislators: Have breakfast with members of Hawai‘i’s State Legislature and engage in discussions on priority issues for the Native Hawaiian community.
> Lunch Discussion on Constitutional Convention: Former Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs President Annelle Amaral will discuss the what might be at stake if Hawai‘i voters approve a constitutional convention.
More information is available at www.hawaiianconvention.org.