The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees rescinded a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sent earlier this week asking for a legal opinion on the status of Hawaii under international law. 

“The contents of that letter do not reflect the position of the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs,” read Friday’s letter signed by all nine trustees. “That letter is hereby rescinded.”

OHA’s CEO Kamanaopono Crabbe sent the original letter on May 5. The organization touted the correspondence in a press release on Friday, saying that Crabbe  ”described his request as a very important question that needs to be answered from an agency that is not only qualified but authorized to answer, saying that it is addressing very grave concerns of OHA’s activities in its efforts toward nation building.”

Click here to read the trustees’ letter to Kerry rescinding Crabbe’s letter.

Click here to read Crabbe’s original letter to Kerry.

Photo: Screen shot, May 9, 2014. (OHA)

— Anita Hofschneider

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