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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs sued the state auditor in an attempt to prompt the release of a $3 million general fund appropriation for the next fiscal year.

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The state is suspending its performance review of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs after OHA’s board of trustees refused to release records to the auditors.

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An independent audit of the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs has identified as much as $7.8 million in potentially fraudulent, wasteful or abusive spending.

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Twenty-seven people pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of obstructing government operations related to the ongoing protest against the planned Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, according to media coverage.

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HILO, Hawaii — The state attorney general's office is ordering the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to provide information about how the agency is helping protesters blocking construction of a giant telescope.

OHA Chair Demands Governor Halt TMT Construction

Jul 13, 2019
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The chairperson of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has demanded a halt to construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope that is scheduled to start next week.

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Office of Hawaiian Affairs CEO Kamanaʻopono Crabbe is stepping down at the end of the month. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees decided Thursday not to renew Crabbe’s contract, which expires on June 30.

OHA Trustees Discuss Personal Allowances

Oct 11, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees suspended personal allowances for members last year. But the Board is contemplating taking action to resolve this matter.

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Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs are taking up a master plan for more than 500 hundred acres in Wahiawa. The land was acquired six years ago to safeguard a rich cultural resource.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Blank votes and name recognition were the themes of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs races this Primary Election. Ten candidates are still in the running for five seats on the OHA Board of Trustees. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Wayne Yoshiyoka

Hawaiʻi’s primary election is just two days away. While a lot of attention is focused on the Governor’s race, there’s a lot at stake for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs as well. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

OHA: No Decision on CEO Contract

Mar 22, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustees met today in closed session to deliberate about the future of their only employee. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

The state agency responsible for improving the well-being of Native Hawaiians is asking the legislature to lift a decade-old funding restriction.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

OHA Rescinds Support for Thirty Meter Telescope

Apr 30, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs have rescinded their support for the development of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, changing their 2009 stance on the controversial project. But the board stopped short of opposing the telescope entirely. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

In a statement from the TMT International Observatory Board, Chair Henry Yang says “We are naturally disappointed that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has changed its position. However, we are by no means discouraged.” The TMT team plans to continue dialog and engagement with OHA and all other stakeholders.

Public Weighs In on Kakaako Makai

Feb 23, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is looking to the community for input on how it should use the 30 acres of O‘ahu land in Kaka‘ako Makai. The state agency has been holding a series of public meetings across the state. HPR’s Molly Solomon attended the first one in Kaka‘ako and has this report.

You can submit testimony online here until March 31st. The schedule of remaining public meetings is below.

Hawai‘i Island

Tuesday, Feb. 24 – Hilo – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

UH Hilo Ho‛oulu Terrace Room 127

Feds Take First Step Toward Native Hawaiian Governance

Jun 18, 2014
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Flickr / jptexphoto

The federal government took a first step toward reestablishing a government to government relationship between the United States and Native Hawaiians. It would be similar to the tribal status of Native American Indian groups. The Department of Interior announced a series of public meetings over the next few months to discuss this controversial issue. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz and Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard released a joint statement applauding the D.O.I.'s announcement: 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs continues to push forward with its state mandate to guide the process to establish self-governance for Native Hawaiians.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

OHA Kaka'ako Plan Criticized

Mar 5, 2014
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Representatives from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs went to the Capitol today to brief House members on their plan to build residential buildings in Kaka’ako Makai.  Instead, they received a strong recommendation from the committee chair to go back to the negotiating table with the Governor.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, 35 years old this year, is continuing on its course toward self-determination and self-governance for the state’s recognized indigenous people.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended the annual “State of the OHA” for this update.