ALAKA`INA (Leadership)

The Board of Directors of the Hawaiian Native Corporation (HNC) are experienced professionals in their fields of expertise.  Each board member brings to HNC unique business backgrounds specializing in multi-disciplinary practices.  HNC is proud to have a board such as this, to build a strong and diverse backbone. The board oversees HNC's mission and vision for Native Hawaiian beneficiaries and to meet the needs of the global economic marketplace.



Christopher M. Dawson

Chairman of the Board


Christopher, “Chris,” Dawson is the Chairman of the Hawaiian Native Corporation (HNC), a Native Hawaiian Organization 8(a), and the parent corporation of the DAWSON companies.  His enterprise in support of federal contracts consists of offices in Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Tennessee and around the globe. A 1987 San Diego State University graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration/Finance, Mr. Dawson is passionate about social entrepreneurship with roots in environmental stewardship, technological innovation, and Native Hawaiian advocacy. As a former Board Member of Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC, the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, Native Hawaiian Organization Association, and through his service on the United States Army Garrison Native Hawaiian Advisory Council, he is a bridge for the Native Hawaiian community. His vision includes cultivating and creating programs that facilitate wide-scale, social-economic impact that benefits the Native Hawaiian community.

Beatrice (Beadie) Kanahele Dawson

President / Director


Ms. Dawson, is President and a Director of the HNC, the parent company of the DAWSON For Profit subsidiaries. She is also an active member of the Hawaii State Bar serving Of Counsel for the Honolulu firm of Settle Meyer Law, LLC.  In addition, as detailed below,  she is very active in a broad range of community and philanthropic organizations committed to elevating the status of Native Hawaiians. Her efforts on behalf of many community organizations benefiting Native Hawaiians include:


• Board Member, Friends of the Medical School at the John A Burns School of Medicine, particularly in support of the Department of Native Hawaiian Health and the 'Imi Ola Scholarship program;

• Chair/Board Member, University of Hawaii William S Richardson School of Law supporting special programs for minority and Native Hawaiian students;

• Advisory Board Member, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, UH Law School’s Native Hawaiian study program;

• Vice-Chair/Board Member, Native Hawaiian Bar Association;

• President and Member, Social Science Association supporting presentations on issues about and of concern to Native Hawaiians;

• Board Member, Warrior Council of Leadership for Kamehameha Schools;


Ms. Dawson has also served as Trustee of the University of Hawaii Foundation: Planning Commissioner for the City and County of Honolulu; and continues to serve as an educator, for the Native Dispute Resolution Network of the U.S. Institute of Environmental Conflict Resolution, a unique international forum in which Ms. Dawson has taught ho'oponopono, a method of conflict resolution developed in ancient Hawai'i that Ms. Dawson practices today.


Ms. Dawson is also an accomplished public speaker and Hawaiian language lay reader for St. Andrews Cathedral in Honolulu.  Last but not least, she is a member of and actively supports the Hawaiian Historical Society, the Historic Hawai'i Foundation, 'Iolani Palace and Hawai'i Public Radio.


Donne Dawson



Ms. Dawson is a Director of the HNC.  She is also the film commissioner for the State of Hawai‘i and is a talented writer, producer, media professional, and community leader.    In her role as state film commissioner, Ms. Dawson heads the agency that is the first point of contact for and supports all film production taking place in the Hawaiian Islands. Her office also operates the Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head, the State’s only film production facility of its kind and the only State owned and operated studio in the United States.


Additionally, Ms. Dawson is active in the native Hawaiian community and supports numerous Hawaiian organizations. Ms. Dawson also provides philanthropic services to a broad range of community organizations committed to preserving and perpetuating the unique culture, language and natural environment of the Native Hawaiians.


Organizations supported by Ms. Dawson include ‘Aha Pūnana Leo (the nationally recognized Hawaiian language immersion program) and ‘Ōiwi TV which is the first Hawaiian language television channel dedicated to programming in Hawaiian and produces ‘Āha‘i ‘Ōlelo Ola, the first news program written, produced and broadcast in the Hawaiian language.  Ms. Dawson is currently on the Board of Trustees for Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, a statewide non-profit organization which encourages the preservation of historic buildings, sites and communities.   Ms. Dawson also is a former Board Member and current Advisory Board Member of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), a non-profit media organization funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides programming by, for, and about Pacific Islanders to the National PBS system.  PIC is a member of the National Minority Consortia which also includes similar media organizations dedicated to expanding the creative talent of Latino, Black, Asian, and Native American media makers.  PIC’s mission is to support, advance and develop Pacific Islander talent and content that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Islander history, culture and contemporary challenges. Ms. Dawson was one of the primary organizers of the first Hawaiian Media Makers conference in 2014 which brought together the best Hawaiian, Maori and Alaskan Native storytellers and media makers to collaborate on building a native film industry in Hawai‘i .  An exciting outcome of that conference is the development of the first Hawaiian Handbook: A Cultural Guide to Media Making in Hawai‘i which Ms. Dawson will chair.  Like similar tools developed by the Maori people of Aotearoa and Aboriginal people of Australia, this Hawaiian Handbook will provide a first ever guide to filmmaking in Hawaii from a Native Hawaiian cultural perspective for media makers here and those choosing to film in our Islands.  Ms. Dawson also is a member of Protect Kaho‘olawe Ohana which is a grassroots organization dedicated to cultural, educational and spiritual activities that heal and revitalize the cultural and natural resources on Kaho‘olawe, the smallest of the main Hawaiian Islands located 7 miles off the south coast of Maui.  Ms. Dawson is a member of the advisory board for the Kapi'olani Medical Center Sex Abuse Treatment Center which is of tremendous benefit to Native Hawaiians as they are one of the highest at-risk groups for domestic violence and sexual abuse in Hawaii.




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