Virtual Sessions

October 6, 2023
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Join HANO as we kick off our People ᐧ Pilina ᐧ Purpose Initiative. This is the first in a series of virtual events and in-person convenings in this year’s reimagining and expansion of HANOCON, our annual conference. Kauwila Hanchett of Hōlani Hāna will open our session. We’ve also invited Michelle Kaʻuhane, Senior Vice President & Chief Impact Officer of Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, Nick Winfrey, President/CPO of Maui United Way and Ashley Lukens, Executive Director of the Frost Family Foundation and Director of Funder Hui to talk story with us about the potential impacts the relief and recovery efforts on Maui will have on the funding environment, both for nonprofits involved in direct efforts and those whose mission work is critical to sustaining our communities but may not be directly involved in Maui fire relief efforts. 


Kauwila Hanchett
Executive Director
Hōlani Hāna


Michelle Kauhane
Senior Vice President & Chief Impact Officer
Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

Nicholas Winfrey  
Maui United Way 

Ashley Lukens
Executive Director
Frost Family Foundation
Funder Hui 


Lisa Maruyama
President & CEO
Hawaiʻi Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations

October 25, 2023
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Slide Deck
NFF Tools and Templates

Ever-changing economic circumstances can create challenges for nonprofit leaders like you. As Hawaii grapples with the aftermath of the wildfires, nonprofits face tough decisions about how to adapt and sustain their organizations within an ever-changing funding and policy landscape. Nonprofit leaders must make immediate adjustments while also planning for the future amidst great economic uncertainty. NFF offers nonprofit leaders strategic frameworks and practical tools to navigate ambiguity, strengthen capacity, and bolster financial health. NFF provides tools for assessing your organization’s financial position, setting priorities, communicating needs, and planning amidst uncertainty. NFF will provide resources that can help give leaders visibility and clarity into their financial story, help communicate their needs, and more.


Bre Onna Mathis-Perez
Manager, Consultant
Nonprofit Finance Fund

Bre has been working in the nonprofit industry since 2005. Previously, she served as a transformational leader overseeing programs that serve marginalized, low socio-economic communities. Prior to joining NFF, Bre was a Project Director at organizations that focused on child abuse prevention, domestic violence, intergenerational trauma and mental health. Through these programs, she has worked in partnership with government agencies and foundations to ensure program compliance and overall success. Bre Mathis has a Master’s degree from Pepperdine University in Social Entrepreneurship and Change. In addition, she holds a B.S. in Business, with an emphasis in Marketing, and a B.A. in Urban Education from California State University, Northridge.

October 30, 2023
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The launch of People • Pilina • Purpose on October 6th called for honest conversations between applicants, grantees, and funders. At the federal level, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has provided an opportunity welcoming just that. We invite you to participate in a broader conversation on October 30th to knit together a collective response.

For anyone interested in applying for federal grants or federal grant awardees, OMB recently published proposed updates to the Uniform Grants Guidance that governs all federal programs, with a public comment period open through December 4th. An initial analysis from the National Council on Nonprofits provides a perspective on these changes. Some of the proposed updates would be a real game changer and could improve the flow of federal funding into Hawaiʻi, and the OMB needs to hear our perspectives.

On October 30th, we invite you to an open conversation with a panel of locally-based federal program officers on these and other proposed changes. In this session, we look to share suggestions from the nonprofit sector on potential areas for improvement in the grants process and any barriers that can be addressed in a constructive way. Our program officers, in turn, will share information on the skillsets nonprofits could build in order to be most effective applicants and grantees.

Please join us for this critical conversation and to help us shape a Hawaiʻi nonprofit response to the Uniform Grants Guidance.


Chris J. Kanazawa
State Director
Hawaii, American Samoa, Western Pacific
USDA Rural Development

President Biden announced the appointment of Chris J, Kanazawa as the USDA Rural Development State Director in February 2022. Mr. Kanazawa served in the same capacity under the Obama Administration in 2010-2016.

Kanazawa has extensive knowledge of planning, land use entitlement, and development of residential, commercial, industrial, resort, and golf course real estate projects. He previously held positions as President of the Land Division for Amfac/JMB Hawaii, and upon leaving the real estate industry, Kanazawa was named President and CEO of Parker Ranch, Inc. in Waimea, Hawaii, the fifth largest cattle ranch in the United States with landholdings of over 133,000 acres.

During Kanazawa’s tenure as Rural Development State Director under the Obama Administration, under his leadership, the Hawaii State Office provided over $2.5 billion in loans and grants to assist residential, commercial, public infrastructure, renewable energy, utility, and agriculture projects. His region of responsibility covered over 4.3 million square miles across the Pacific and included Hawaii, Guam, The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, The Republic of the Marshall Islands, The Federated States of Micronesia, and The Republic of Palau.

Kanazawa is a resident of Honolulu and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa as well as a Master of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

Alton Kimura
Community Programs Director
USDA Rural Development
Hawaii, Western Pacific and American Samoa

Alton Kimura is the Community Programs Director for Hawaii, Western Pacific and American Samoa. He has been with USDA, Rural Development for 15 years in both Hawaii and in Washington, DC. Alton began his career with Bank of Hawaii and then later with First Hawaiian Bank as a commercial lender for the local middle market. He also worked in private industry as the Business Manager for a design-build firm on Maui and as Executive Director for a Native Hawaii CDFI on the Big island.

Scott Sakakihara
Community Programs Specialist
USDA Rural Development
Hawaii, Western Pacific and American Samoa

Scott joined USDA as a community programs specialist in 2021 after a brief retirement from a 35-year career in commercial lending at Central Pacific Bank and Bank of Hawaii. During his career he held non-profit board leadership positions with Maui Economic Opportunity, Hospice Maui, Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Kula Agricultural Park Committee, March of Dimes Walk, and the Kiwanis Club of Maui. Scott holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of Hawaii.

Ramona K. Mullahey
Senior Analyst – Field Policy & Management
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Ramona Mullahey is the Senior Analyst in Field Policy and Management, at HUD Honolulu Field Office. She works in community with HUD’s diverse community stakeholders to collaborate and deliver on HUD’s Strategic Plan priorities.

Keoki Noji
Economic Development Representative
Economic Development Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

Keoki Noji is the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Economic Development Representative (EDR) for the Pacific. Although technically a part of the EDA Seattle Regional Office, he is based out of Honolulu. As an EDR, his role is largely to be the first point of contact for potential applicants, answering questions and providing information throughout the pre-application process. Keoki is a seasoned nonprofit manager and business consultant with extensive experience working in a wide variety of fields and industries including, but not limited to, education, health, business, sustainability, environmental conservation, and community-based economic development. He was the Chief Operating Officer at the Hawai‘i Alliance for Community Based Economic Development (HACBED), a nonprofit intermediary providing support to community groups and other nonprofit organizations, for 8+ years. He is also currently on the Board of Directors at Family Programs Hawaii, a nonprofit organization providing a wide array of support services to foster youth and families. Keoki is from Honolulu and in his free time, enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.


Melissa Unemori Hampe
Skog Rasmussen LLC

Melissa Unemori Hampe, Partner at Skog Rasmussen LLC, brings to clients the benefit of decades of public, private, and nonprofit experience, working with entities in Hawaii, across the country, and internationally.

In her 11 years on Capitol Hill, she performed legislative work for Congresswoman Patsy Mink, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, and U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka. As the Senator’s Legislative Director, she led a legislative and press team in the development and implementation of across-the-board priorities.

Melissa advocated before Congress and the Administration for public policy and funding at a national non-profit that sets industry standards for youth mentoring, MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership.

She joined DC-based McAllister & Quinn (M&Q) in 2008, providing strategic grants and government affairs analysis, advice, and advocacy services to nonprofit, education, health care, local government, and tribal clients. She continues to manage various projects for M&Q from Skog Rasmussen.

At SR, she continues her government relations and grants-related work for various clients under the umbrella of community and economic development. She developed and is co-leading three statewide initiatives: the Grants Technical Assistance Services (GTAS) and Foundation Grants Support Services (FGSS) programs for the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations, and the Nonprofit Grants Working Group that is working to improve collaboration between the government and nonprofit sectors. As of October 2023, the GTAS program has helped nonprofits bring in nearly $25 million into Hawaii.

She used the lessons learned from the Hawaii program to design, launch, and implement the Federal Funds Technical Assistance program for the national nonprofit Urban Sustainability Directors Network – an organization with 250+ local government members across the United States and Canada – and a similar program for the American Cities Climate Challenge funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. As of October 2023, the programs have raised more than $130 million for various local government participants.

Melissa earned her B.S. from Cornell University and M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.

November 1, 2023
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Slide Deck
Summary from Tactiq

In an era marked by digital transformation and technological advancements, nonprofits are discovering new ways to amplify their impact through the strategic use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). This engaging and informative webinar will explore the potential of AI to revolutionize the nonprofit sector, offering valuable insights and practical strategies for organizations looking to harness the power of AI.


Ian Kitajima
Pacific International Center for High Technology Research

Ian Kitajima is the Co-Founder of Design Thinking Hawaii, and was recently named President of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR).

Prior to joining PICTHR, Mr. Kitajima was the “Tech Sherpa” and Director of Corporate Development at Oceanit for over 21 years developing and commercializing next generation technologies for defense, medical, clean energy, and cosmetics. While at Oceanit he co-founded 3 venture startups, initiated new areas such as nanotechnolgy and applied AI, and championed the Design Thinking and computer science movements in public education for over a decade. He has played senior leadership roles in companies focused on wireless warehouse management systems in Los Angeles, global toy marketing, and virtual communities for mobile phones in Helsinki Finland.

Recognitions have included “Corporate Intrapreneur of the Year” and “Social Impact Enterprise of the Year” by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, “20 people to watch for the next 20 years” by Hawaii Business Magazine, and as an honoree by several community organizations. He brings an innovative mindset to several boards including the Hawaii Health Information Exchange, the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs, and the University of Hawaii Alumni Association.

He is a proud public-school graduate of Castle High School, Windward Community College, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

November 14, 2023
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

In light of the pandemic and recent Maui fires, we’re ever more aware that it’s not a matter of IF but WHEN disaster of some type will interrupt the critical mission work of our nonprofits. When the inevitable does happen, it’s essential everyone in the organization feel empowered and confident about the steps to take to move from crisis mode to resuming operations. This session will help you design a roadmap to business resumption! You’ll learn about the three R’s of Business Continuity Planning – Respond, Regroup, Resume and will have an opportunity to create a customized Business Continuity Plan for your organization with a user-friendly template and support documents.

At the end of the session, you’ll walk away with a plan to help your team feel prepared to deal with any interruption that comes along. You don’t always know what’s around the corner, but having a Business Continuity Plan gives your nonprofit peace of mind that you’ll be able to resume operations and get back to the important work you do in your community as soon as possible.


Peggy M. Jackson, DPA, CPCU
Peg Jackson & Associates
Business Continuity & Risk Management

Peggy M. Jackson, DPA, CPCU, is an author, consultant, and nationally recognized lecturer on risk management, business continuity planning, and strategic planning for businesses, nonprofits, and academic institutions. She is the Principal of Peg Jackson & Associates in Honolulu, HI. Her specialty areas include business continuity planning, risk management and strategic planning. Dr. Jackson has written or coauthored ten (10) books on risk management, business continuity planning, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance for nonprofit and small business audiences for publishers John Wiley & Sons and BEW. Her books, Sarbanes-Oxley for Nonprofits and Risk Management and Contingency Planning: Done in a Day Strategies won honorable mention at the 2007 Nonprofit Management Association Book Awards.

Dr. Jackson earned a doctorate in public administration (DPA) from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and holds the professional designation of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). She designed the Jackson Risk Management Model© as part of an award-winning doctoral dissertation on risk management techniques for nonprofit organizations.

November 29, 2023
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Mindfulness and mindfulness practices are essential elements that support the navigation of life challenges with greater health and well-being. While we are often unable to change what makes us feel stressed, anxious, angry, or depressed, we have the power and ability to shift how we experience these stresses of life. When we are more mindful of our inner world this often translates into a more mindful practice of how we engage with the external world of relationships. A mindful communication practice that feels more present, engaged and responsive rather than defensive and reactive.

This session will briefly explore a variety of ways to think about mindfulness as it applies to everyday life and an opportunity to engage in a few exercises to put these mindfulness practices into action.

We look forward to being with you. Aloha.


Kaulana Yoshimoto, Ph.D.
Kaigen Coaching & Consulting

Kaulana earned his doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Washington with an emphasis in the study of emotions and emotion regulation as it affects communication and relationship health. He has spent the last 10 years immersed in the study and implementation of applied spirituality, bio-energetics, energetic-emotional healing, everyday applications of contemplative neuroscience (meditation), and indigenous healing practices which has resulted in an integrated and holistic approach to healing the whole person.

Kaulana enjoys building collaborative and supportive relationships when coaching individuals to thrive in their personal and professional lives. He gives talks, workshops, classes and training experiences for the community and has provided health and wellness trainings for companies and non-profit organizations to support the emotional and mental health of their teams. These learning opportunities incorporate the diversity of Kaulana’s background, experience and training which often includes an integration of science, psychology, spiritual practices and fun!

He currently resides in his hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii and enjoys time connecting with the ‘āina (land), meditating, jogging and returning to a regular hot yoga practice. He also savors his moments of free time to connect with family and friends and getting to explore and support local businesses and restaurants; especially coffee.

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