Film commissioner to speak at meeting

Hawaii Film Commissioner Donne Dawson will speak Tuesday at a public dinner meeting hosted by the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce about the film industry’s potential to create new jobs on Maui.

The event, “Hawaii’s Film Industry: How Maui County can Garner a Bigger Piece of the Pie,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. with networking, followed by a buffet dinner at Maui Tropical Plantation.

The Hawaii Film Office is the first point of contact for all film production throughout the Hawaiian Islands and coordinates the only centralized film permitting system of its kind in the country. It also provides location and production resource information to filmmakers, manages the Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head, promotes Hawaii as a premier filming destination and supports the state’s film and television industry.

Dawson helped implement Hawaii’s first comprehensive film, television and digital media tax credit (Act 88), and she manages and oversees the Film Office. As a communications graduate of California State University, Dawson worked for 15 years as a journalist and documentary film producer, and in marketing and communications for numerous Hawaii companies including Alexander & Baldwin, the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, and the Hawaiian Native Corp.

Dinner is $25 for guests, $20 for chamber members. Parking is free.

For more information, contact Kai Pelayo at 874-2426 or send email to