Education Caucus leaders share their priorities with attendees at the 2014 Policy Roundtable at the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement annual convention. - Photo: Courtesy

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.