Date: July 12-20, 2018

Honolulu, Hawaii

If you are an individual who has demonstrated leadership abilities, who has a proven record in community work to improve the lives of Pacific Americans and other indigenous people, and is well-versed in public policies and contemporary issues affecting Pacific Americans, the NAPALI leadership course can take your leadership skills to the next level.


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The Mission of the National Pacific American Leadership Institute (NAPALI) is to identify, train, and nurture Pacific American Emerging Leaders.


NAPALI is unique in that it conducts the only leadership program in the nation that integrates the leadership values of Pacific American cultures and Western Society.


It is committed to making a difference in the quality of life of Americans who trace their ancestry to the indigenous peoples of the Pacific islands - American Samoans, Chamorros, Fijians, Maoris, Native Hawaiians, Tongans, Tahitians, and others connected with Pacific American cultures.


NAPALI is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.



The National Pacific American Leadership Institute conducted its inaugural class in June 1998 in partnership with the internationally and nationally acclaimed Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont, CA.


The second class met at the Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, Hawai'i on August 6 - 11, 2000. In attendance were sixteen Fellows, three Pacific American cultural elders, distinguished professors of the University of Hawai'i, and a support staff of dedicated professionals.


Since then, 278 Fellows have graduated from The National Pacific American Leadership Institute.


Our Name

NAPALI, the acronym for the National Pacific American Leadership Institute, is the Hawaiian word for “the cliffs.”  It is an appropriate image of our mission, for leaders

ascend to the heights and their vision extends into the far horizon.



Heather K. Minton, President

Reidar H. Smith, Vice President  

Stanley C. Dahlin, Secretary

Larry M. Kamahele, Treasurer

David H. Burge Jr

Kauka DeSilva

'Anapesi Ka'ili

Tēvita Ō. Ka'ili

Iosefa Aina

Abreu R. Correira

Colette Higgins


Area Coordinators

Coral Kenolio             San Diego, CA

John Kaulukukui        Los Angeles, CA

Kau’i Peralto              Northern CA

‘Anapesi Ka'ili            Utah

Stan Dahlin                Washington

Abe Correia               Hawai’i


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Honolulu, Hawaii  96813



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