At the Pacific Region Training & Technical Assistance, we help organizations serving Native communities in the Pacific to develop and to find grant funding for their community-based projects. As a Resource of the Administration for Native Americans, we are dedicated to serving the Native peoples of the Pacific Region, including Hawai‘i, American Sāmoa, Guam and CNMI. Call our office today for free help with your project!
Matthew Kaulana Ing Pacific Region Directormatt@kaananiau.com
Matt has worked with Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander organizations for more than 15 years, with a focus on strategy, culture, economic development, journalism and media. With more than 8 years experience working in the ANA Pacific Region, Matthew helps ANA grant applicants and awardees to develop and sustain community-based projects. Matt is Native Hawaiian. He holds an MBA and a BA in Journalism and comes from Makawao, Maui. Today, he lives in Nu'uanu with his wife, Kelsey.
Napua Harbottle Technical Assistance Specialistnapua@kaananiau.com
Napua has been working with Native non-profit organizations for more than 15 years, helping them to build capacity through project planning and grant management. She holds a BS in Botany and a BA in Communications and has provided over 1000 hours of technical assistance through her work at Kaʻānaniʻau. Napua is a practitioner of laau lapaau (traditional Hawaiian healing) and is most proud of her role as Puna to her 3 grandchildren.
Shisa Kahanulani Kahaunaele Outreach/Project Specialistshisa@kaananiau.com
Shisa has been helping communities in the Pacific Region for five years with her experience in media communications. As a kupu of Kauaʻi, she knows firsthand how vital community projects are for raising the next generation and sustaining culture. Shisa is Native Hawaiian. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and will be continuing her education. Today, Shisa is a proud māmā of two keiki and currently resides in Kūpaka with her kāne, Makanamaikalani.
Paige Miki Kalāokananikiʻekiʻe Okamura Training Specialistpaige@kaananiau.com
Paige is a keiki papa of Māeaea, Waialua. She teaches Hawaiian at UH Mānoa through Ua Ao Hawaiʻi, the free Hawaiian language initiative open to the public. Her masters research is focused on strengthening Hawaiian communities through understanding their kuleana to ʻāina. With 10+ years of Hawaiian research and translation experience, she believes that language is key to cultural and national identity. Her deep aloha for her ʻohana, ʻāina, and language drive her to educate those around her about the value of indigenous perspectives and knowledge to the global community.