Small Business Lending for Our Local Community

A Native Hawaiian Focused Organization

What we Do

Uplifting Our lāhui and Hawaiian businesses

Small Business Loans

We can lend to small businesses from any Island in Hawai'i

Financial Education

We're here to help clients and community members navigate finances

1-on-1 Guidance

We can walk clients through any part of the lending process

Our Purpose

What we are & Why were here

What is a Native CDFI?

A Native Community Development Financial Institution, or Native CDFI, is a nonprofit organization that specializes in providing affordable loans & financial education for people in Native communities. Lei Ho’olaha has been working in our Native Hawaiian community since 2011. Thanks to our 10 years of industry experience, we now specialize in the small business sector of Hawaii. 

Our Purpose

To improve the educational and economic status of Native Hawaiians and low-income people by providing education, training, and financial products to community based organizations, public entities, and individuals in the State of Hawaii.


From consultants to Clothing Companies, No small business is out of the question

Out of a paper bag and the back of a truck, Kealopiko was founded in 2006. It startedout as three friends (Ane Bakutis, Jamie Makasobe and Hina Kneubuhl) with a vision to make t-shirts that broke the traditional mold of how Hawaiʻi has been portrayed for so long. We felt that what is truly and uniquely Hawaiian deserved to be the focus of designs transferred to clothing: our plants and animals, our language and practices, our aliʻi (royalty) and kūpuna (elders and ancestors), and our moʻolelo (stories and history) as the people of Hawaiʻi.


Clothing Company

“Lei Ho’olaha was instrumental in providing us with the financial support we needed to grow and develop our small business.  As a Native Hawaiian women-owned business, it was important for us to work with an organization that understood our needs and was able to provide us with flexible financial solutions.  Lei Ho’olaha exceeded our expectations and, with their working capital loan, has been significant in our business journey”

Holomua Consulting Group

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