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OHA appoints Crabbe as new CEO


The Board of Trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has named Research Director Dr. Kamanaopono Crabbe as the organization’s new chief executive officer.

Crabbe, 48, takes over as successor to Clyde W. Namuo, who retired Dec. 30 after 10 years in the top job at OHA.

Crabbe steps in at a time when OHA is strengthening its focus on a number of initiatives aimed at improving conditions for Native Hawaiians.

“We are extremely pleased with this appointment,” said OHA Chairwoman Colette Machado. “It’s a well-considered decision that enables a smooth leadership transition at OHA. Kamanao has an outstanding reputation for organization and managing by consensus.”

Crabbe joined OHA’s executive team in November 2009 as research director. He came to OHA from the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, where he served as a licensed psychologist and director of training.

He has long-served the Native Hawaiian community and the residents of Hawaii in the area of clinical psychology, family therapy, and Native Hawaiian health research.

Crabbe is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

“It’s a great honor and privilege to be able to serve as CEO,” Crabbe said. “I look forward to building on important relationships and addressing the critical issues facing our organization.”

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is a unique, independent state agency established through the Hawaii State Constitution and statutes to advocate for the betterment of conditions of all Native Hawaiians, with a Board of Trustees elected by the voters of Hawaii.

OHA is guided by a vision and mission to ensure the perpetuation of the culture, to protect the entitlements of Native Hawaiians, and to build a strong and healthy Hawaiian people and nation.

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