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New Face at OHA

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Kamanaopono Crabbe Ph.D. Photo by Arna Johnson

If you have not heard, there are big changes at OHA, Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The relatively new Chairperson is Collette Machado who has represented Molokai for several years as a trustee. She now heads the board of nine trustees in their decision making which has moved focus toward advocacy and legislation on behalf of their Native Hawaiian constituents. Now we welcome a new CEO, Kamanaopono M. Crabbe, replacing Clyde Namuo who retired in Dec 2011. Crabbe is a Kamehameha Schools and University of Hawaii graduate with a Ph.D. in psychology (2002). He comes from the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center formerly the director of psychology training and has served OHA as its Director of Research. In an interview with Harold Nedd for OHA’s (free) monthly newspaper, Ka Wai Ola, Dr. Crabbe remarked, ” It has taken two generations, or 110 years, for me to become the first person in my family to earn a doctorate degree… I have lost a great-grandmother and grandmother in their early 40s to diabetes; lost my mother to heart disease; also my father and two of my brothers are diabetics. When I first read OHA’s brochure on the strategic plan I saw myself and my family. I could relate to the priorities of that strategic plan and remain personally committed to its goals.” Good luck to OHA and to Dr. Crabbe in their efforts to preserve and improve the quality of life within the Native Hawaiian community in this new year of the dragon! This video is taken at the 2012 Investiture. For more on the subject stay tuned to

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