CULTURE + COMMUNITY
E paʻahana i ka mālama ʻana i ka moʻomeheu, ke kūlaiwi,
a me ka nohono o nā ʻŌiwi
Working diligently to preserve the culture, land, and way of life of Native Hawaiians
WHO WE ARE
The parent organization of DAWSON, Hawaiian Native Corporation (HNC) is a Hawaiʻi-based community impact organization that benefits our Native Hawaiian community by supporting initiatives that sustain our culture and our well-being.
A Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO)
Founded in February 2004, HNC is controlled entirely by Native Hawaiians and is federally-certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a “Native Hawaiian Organization” (NHO).
NHOs are nonprofit organizations authorized by the SBA to participate in the 8(a) Business Development program, allowing them to establish ownership of firms approved as NHO-Owned Small Businesses. As part of the Native 8(a) program, an NHO’s business activities will principally benefit Native Hawaiians.
NHOs’ efforts to create economic impact for the Native Hawaiian community can include, for example, developing workforce training opportunities, building capacity in emerging industries, and supporting community programs.
WHAT WE DO
As an NHO, the HNC is building a strong foundation for sustainable economic development. Through DAWSON, our family of for-profit subsidiary companies, the HNC creates economic engines that power our unique model for business development, workforce development, and community building.
1. Building Economic Capacity
2. Creating Jobs
3. Supporting Community Impact Programs
With the goal of driving Native Hawaiian advancement, the HNC is dedicated to perpetuating our unique Hawaiian culture, supporting the well-being of Native Hawaiians, and nurturing the ʻāina (land) that sustains us. We support numerous community organizations and initiatives each year by sharing aloha in various ways:
1. Financial Contributions
2. In-kind Donations
3. Volunteer Services
Serving our communities since 2004
Supporting a range of organizations