There are still a few days left to register for the Native Hawaiian Convention, which will be held Oct. 9-11 at the Sheraton Waikīkī Hotel and Resort.

The theme for this year’s convention is Aloha Lāhui, or “Love for the Nation,” selected by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) to honor those working collectively toward Hawaiian community development. The national convention is a time to network and share best practices with policy makers, elected officials, Hawaiian-serving organizations and federal agencies, as well as cultural practitioners, program staff, individuals and groups interested in community networking and outreach, policy discussion and development.

For those on the fence, CNHA’s website offers five reasons to attend:

  1. Policy is all the buzz. Join great discussion around Small Business, Education, Housing, Homestead, Health, Arts and Culture, Aloha ʻĀina, Blue Continent, and Next Generation. Policy is what drives resources, solution building, and programming.”
  2. Pacific island Philanthropy Forum. National and local foundations will give insight into their funded programs and their current recommendations for nonprofits looking to apply in the next year. Come to listen and learn about where your nonprofit stands with organizational readiness for funding opportunities.”
  3. Networking is key. The CNHA network of members and partners is a great tool for partnerships. Looking to develop programming? Need key partners? Join in discussions and find colleagues in your field ready to brainstorm.”
  4. Learn and Grow. With so many sectors of our community sharing their policy priorities and solutions, attendees tend to cross-pollinate with each other. Health supporting housing. Education supporting Homesteads. It’s a beautiful thing.”
  5. Celebrate your Lāhui. With several award presentations, panels, and key speakers, we have so much to celebrate together. Support small businesses in the Marketplace, make kahili among friends, and enjoy meals with other attendees. It’s a great time, trust us!”

Online registration is open until Oct. 4 at www.hawaiiancouncil.org and walk-in registration will be available at the convention. Call CNHA at 808-596-8255 on O‘ahu or toll-free at 800-709-2642(800(CNHA).