Our Team

Louie Rios III

Loan Associate

Louie is a certified Native CDFI Practitioner who graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science at Brigham Young University. As a small business owner from 2016-2020, he was excited to get involved in the CDFI industry to lift up the Native Hawaiian community through small business lending.


Peter Hanohano

Executive director

Peter has been involved with Native Hawaiian and Indigenous education for several decades, and currently serves as a Commissioner on the Hawaii State Charter School Commission.  He has also been a member of the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) that promotes Indigenous control of Indigenous education, and has been active in WINHEC accreditation visits to affirm the cultural integrity of Indigenous institutions and programs around the world. He is presently helping to establish the World Indigenous Nations University (WINU) Hawaii Pasifika Region to provide access to Indigenous higher education opportunities to island nations and communities in the Pacific.

Board of Directors

Stephen Kaa'a


Senior Vice President & Area Manager, Branch Manager of the Waikiki Branch, First Hawaiian Bank

Taffi Wise

Vice President

Executive Director Kanu o ka ‘Aina Learning ‘Ohana

Katie Benioni


 Chief Financial Officer Kanu o ka ‘Aina Learning ‘Ohana

Charlene Hoe

Former Director Hakipu’u Learning Center PCS and retired Director of External Programs, Kamehameha Schools

William Hancock

Former Executive Director Lei Ho’olaha and founder of National Business Officers Association

LeeAnn Silva

Director of Asset Management Queen Emma Land Company

Gregory Chun

Ph.D., Associate Specialist UH Manoa Hui ‘Aina Momona

Keene Fujinaka

Vice President and East Hawaii Market Manager of Bank of Hawaii

Brandon K Bunag

Acting Vice President of Public Programs Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum