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Our Mission

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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 - Samoans, Chamorros, Fijians, Maori, 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.

Our history

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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, over 310 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 to ascend to the heights and their vision extends into the far horizon.

Our Leadership


Our Board

'Anapesi Ka'ili, President

Abreu R. Correia, Vice President  

Kehaulani Vaughn-Sepvulpeda, Secretary

Coral Kenolio, Treasurer

Iosefa Aina

David H. Burge Jr

Stan Dahlin

Colette Higgins

Tevita Ka'ili

Monte McComber

Richard Wolfgramm

Area Coordinators

Coral Kenolio            San Diego, CA

Vacant                       Los Angeles, CA

Vacant                       Northern CA

‘Anapesi Ka'ili            Utah

Stan Dahlin                Washington

Abreu R. Correia       Hawai’i

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