Our Team

Michelle Kauhane

Senior Vice President, Community Grants and Initiatives, Hawaii Community Foundation and WHIAANHPI Commissioner

Michelle Kauhane is the Senior Vice President of Community Grants & Initiatives at Hawaii Community Foundation.  Previously, she served as President and CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement where she engaged in lending and investment services deploying capital in underserved native Hawaiian communities statewide.  Michelle has a strong background in non-profit management, community based economic development and public policy advocacy.  She has dedicated her career to social justice and economic empowerment of Native Hawaiians. Michelle is a current commissioner on President Biden’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.  She has formerly served on the boards of NCAPA and National CAPACD, building relationships over the years with AAPI advocacy groups. Michelle is a graduate of Gonzaga University and resides in the Hawaiian Homestead Community of Kaupea.