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Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Chad Blair: Is Rowena Akana’s Political Career On The Line? Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Is Rowena Akana’s Political Career On The Line?

The longest-serving OHA trustee faces allegations of ethics violations while also waging a re-election fight.

Who’s Who On The Ballot For The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Who’s Who On The Ballot For The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs

Up for grabs are three OHA at-large seats, as well as seats representing Maui and Oahu.

How OHA Trustees Spent Their Allowances Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How OHA Trustees Spent Their Allowances

Thousands of dollars went to support athletic competitions, charitable galas and beauty pageants.

OHA Candidates Headed To General Election Runoff Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OHA Candidates Headed To General Election Runoff

Kalei Akaka and Esther Kia‘aina will face off for the Oahu trustee seat while three incumbents advance with three challengers to November.

Some OHA Candidates Continue To Spend Big On Their Campaigns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some OHA Candidates Continue To Spend Big On Their Campaigns

Sam King has the most cash on hand in the Oahu race, while Rowena Akana has the most in the at-large contest.

OHA At-Large Candidates Have Raised Little Money So Far Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OHA At-Large Candidates Have Raised Little Money So Far

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.

OHA Inspires Hope — And Disillusionment — For Hawaiians Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OHA Inspires Hope — And Disillusionment — For Hawaiians

Created out of the idealism of the 1970s Hawaiian Renaissance, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has been bogged down by scandal and infighting.

This OHA Trustee Is Taking On The State Ethics Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This OHA Trustee Is Taking On The State Ethics Commission

UPDATED: In the middle of a state ethics investigation and other public criticism, Rowena Akana has filed a new lawsuit.

Here’s The Spending That Got OHA Incumbents In Trouble Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s The Spending That Got OHA Incumbents In Trouble

A state audit said Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees used their $22,200 per year personal allowances for questionable purposes.

Another Hawaii State Audit Questions OHA Grant Spending Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Another Hawaii State Audit Questions OHA Grant Spending

The state auditor raises questions about whether the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is meeting its fiduciary duty to Native Hawaiians.

Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Halts Some Spending After Scathing Audit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Halts Some Spending After Scathing Audit

OHA was criticized for spending millions of dollars without sufficient oversight and ignoring its own rules.

Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Calls For Firing Of CEO Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Calls For Firing Of CEO

A recent state audit found both the chief executive, Kamana‘opono Crabbe, and trustees are responsible for misspending.

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