Monday, March 12, 2018


Honolulu Star-Advertiser - March 11, 2018

It’s about time that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is being scrutinized for inappropriate spending of millions of dollars over a two-year period (“Millions improperly spent, OHA audit shows,” Star-Advertiser, Feb. 14).

Moreover, some expenditures were approved without the Board of Trustees’ vote or even knowledge, according to the audit, to the tune of $14 million while actual “budgeted, vetted and monitored grants” were half that amount — $7.7 million.

This travesty is just another example of spending about which we Hawaiians have no clue. Remember OHA’s suing the University of Hawai`i for “mismanagement” of the Mauna Kea summit? It used funds we Hawaiians might not have wanted to be used in this manner.

OHA’s own mismanagement is epic. Get rid of OHA’s chief executive officer, Kamana‘opono Crabbe, who ignored “do not fund” recommendations.

Also, Chairwoman Colette Machado, who, too late, is proposing new spending controls. It’s like closing the barn door after the horse has left. Because of poor leadership, she has to leave, too.

Gladys Lucas