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Statement from OHA Chair regarding Akina’s press release calling for OHA CEO removal

Statement from OHA Chair Colette Machado regarding OHA Trustee Keliʻi Akina’s press release calling for the removal of OHA’s Chief Executive Officer First, Trustee Akina’s statement that “the state audit reveals that OHA’s CEO is personally responsible for the misspending of…

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OHA statement regarding Auditor’s press conference

Statement of OHA Chair Colette Machado OHA is extremely disappointed with the unauthorized release of the draft audit before we could fully review the report and provide a formal agency response to the Auditor, and before the Auditor has had…

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OHA statement on unauthorized release of draft audit

Statement of OHA Chair Colette Machado: OHA appreciates that the role of the Auditor is to provide an independent and objective analysis of OHA to assist us in better fulfilling our mandate of improving the conditions of Native Hawaiians. We…

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OHA statement on judge’s denial of ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi use in Maui court hearing

Statement of OHA Chief Executive Officer Kamanaʻopono Crabbe The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is deeply disturbed and offended that Hawaiian studies assistant professor Kaleikoa Kaʻeo was prohibited from defending himself in ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi during his court hearing today and that…

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OHA releases book on mana

HONOLULU (Nov. 20, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) today released a book that explores mana, a foundation of Hawaiian culture and identity that is often referred to as supernatural power but, as the new publication reveals, is…

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OHA files lawsuit against state for mismanagement of Mauna Kea

HONOLULU (Nov. 8, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) filed a lawsuit yesterday in First Circuit Court against the State of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) for their longstanding and well-documented mismanagement of Mauna Kea. OHA’s…

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Iwi kūpuna returning home from Germany after more than a century

HONOLULU (October 26, 2017) – Human remains stolen from burial caves in Hawaiʻi and taken to Germany more than a century ago are finally returning to home. The group of Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, which included OHA Chief Executive Officer…

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OHA Board approves $3 million to go directly to charter schools

HONOLULU (October 19, 2017) – The OHA Board of Trustees today approved distributing $3 million directly to Hawaiian-focused charter schools over the next two years, changing the way OHA provides its longstanding support to the schools to maximize the amount…

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OHA’s statement on the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s report summary on national monuments

HONOLULU (August 24, 2017) – OHA recognizes that Interior Secretary Zinke and the Department of the Interior were tasked with an enormous undertaking in reviewing the presidential actions relating to 27 national monuments, including the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. We…

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OHA CEO Statement On Haleakalā Demonstration

HONOLULU (August 4, 2017) – “OHA is deeply concerned by reports that police allegedly used excessive force during the peaceful Haleakalā telescope demonstration on Aug. 2. OHA urges state officials to investigate the incident and evaluate whether the use of force…

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