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The CEO of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs never really found the right administrator to back him up. Now the board of trustees must take advantage of the chance for a fresh start.
Akana, who served on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees for nearly 30 years, may also have to pay back more than $21,500 in gifts.
Native Hawaiian activists sharply criticized their actions, but not everyone agrees on how best to respond to members of the obscure “Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi.”
The internal audit is supposed to identify areas where the Office of Hawaiian Affairs might be vulnerable to fraud and waste.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs says some of its staff members were forcibly removed from the lobby by 12 people.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs says the annual cap of $15.1 million is too low and that state agencies should do a better job reporting their revenues.
The longest-serving OHA trustee faces allegations of ethics violations while also waging a re-election fight.
Up for grabs are three OHA at-large seats, as well as seats representing Maui and Oahu.
Sam King has the most cash on hand in the Oahu race, while Rowena Akana has the most in the at-large contest.
None of the three incumbents — Lei Ahu Isa, Rowena Akana and John Waihee IV — reported spending any money this year and two are in debt.