What is a Native Hawaiian Organization?

Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHO’s) are nonprofit community service entities which support the Native Hawaiian community as defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Deeply rooted in Federal Law, a NHO’s purpose is to provide support for the Native Hawaiian community through its majority ownership and operation of one or more Small Business, 8(a) certified, for-profit firms. The NHO’s ability to achieve its congressional mandate is, therefore, directly impacted by the success of its Small Business 8(a) entities.

The Hawaii Pacific Foundation

Vision:  To be a premier NHO providing impactful support to the Hawaiian Community as well as inspiring social responsibility in other organizations and businesses.

  • Inspire, collaborate, and mentor other NHO's

  • Provide job satisfaction and maximize opportunity for employees

Purpose:  Enhance the successes of NHO owned SBA 8(a) for-profit firms, which in turn supports economic, social, and cultural endeavors in the Native Hawaiian community.

Mission:  Our purpose is to empower Hawaiian communities by supporting programs that improve access to opportunities for success principally serving native Hawaiians. We further our purpose by advancing education; primarily through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education, and preserving cultural values and practices to inspire hope, strengthen families, foster learning, cultivate leadership, and develop stewardship.

Status: The Hawaii Pacific Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Hawaii.  It has majority ownership of three (3) SBA 8(a) affiliate firms and two (2) others in the process of SBA approval.  As with other NHO's, the ability of HPF to achieve its congressional mandate, to support Hawaiian communities, is impacted by both the level of public support received and by the success of its majority-owned firms.



The Small Business Administration requires that a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) have at least three members on their Board of Directors.  A majority of those members must be Native Hawaiian. The Hawaii Pacific Foundation's Board of Directors is made up of four talented members, three of which are Native Hawaiian.  Our Board of Directors includes experience, education, and degrees in accounting, project management, information technology, business management, Hawaiian culture and traditions, and leadership.  Though each member possesses professional skills in their own right. What binds us is our knowledge and desire to serve Hawaii, preserve our culture and traditions, and contribute to the welfare of our community.

Edwin A. (Skip) Vincent, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret)

Edwin “Skip” Vincent retired with the rank of Brigadier General in 2010. With 37 years of military service as an active duty member of the Hawaii Air National Guard, Skip served five combat tours and held various command and staff positions at the Pentagon, Hawaii State Headquarters, as well as in the field. Through this experience, he gained the skills and passion to promote collaboration over conflict by way of relationship and capacity building.

After careful consideration of the gifts God had given to him, Skip founded the Hawaii Pacific Foundation as, a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) to help others.

To see more of Skip’s career, click here and here.

Jory L. Scoville,
President, CFO

Jory Scoville is currently our President and Chief Financial Officer Previously she worked as the Director of Tax and Financial Compliance at Hawai'i Pacific University and worked in tax management at the former Aloha Airlines and The Queen's Health Systems. She has earned a Master of Science degree in Information Systems and a Bachelor of Business Administration. She also is a committed member of hālau hula Nā Pualei O Likolehua; continuing the legacy of the late Kumu Hula Leina‘ala Kalama Heine.

Thomas E. Ongies

Tom Ongies, a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools (81), served in the Hawaii Army National Guard and US Air Force where he retired after 22 years of service. He continued to serve his country in the defense contracting world as Geospatial-intelligence professional, where he had five deployments to Afghanistan and one deployment to Colombia. Tom is looking forward to helping the Hawaii Pacific Foundation provide opportunities to the Native Hawaiian Community.

Dr. Walter K. Kaneakua,

Colonel Walt Kaneakua, USAF Retired, was the first commander of the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron. He came to the Hawaii Air National Guard from the Air Force. After retiring from the Air Guard, he flew with Aloha Airlines for a few years before the late Senator Daniel Inouye asked him to serve in his Honolulu office. Jennifer Sabas was the Chief of Staff. Walt remained with the senator for more than 10 years before the senator passed in 2012. Walt later served as the Area Director for Representative Tulsi Gabbard for a short time before finally retiring.

Christopher Kachouroff,
General Counsel

Christopher Kachouroff serves as the general counsel to the Hawaii-Pacific Foundation. Chris is a US Army veteran who served in the Special Forces and later became a police officer for Palm Beach County, Florida. After several years of working in the police force Chris decided to pursue his law degree and became a successful attorney. As the general counsel of the HPF Chris works to build relationships with new and existing partners, create a culture of success and cooperation within our forms and to interface with the Small Business Administration to further the core mission successes of our NHO.