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OHA executive defends letter to Kerry

Inquiring about the status of the Hawaiian kingdom was the prudent thing to do, Crabbe says

By Timothy Hurley

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 13, 2014

~~<p>Appearing with more than 100 supporters at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs offices Monday, OHA Chief Executive Officer Kama&shy;na&lsquo;o&shy;pono Crabbe didn't back down in his flap with OHA trustees over the letter he sent to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asking for a legal opinion on whether the Hawaiian kingdom still exists as an independent nation under international law.</p>
<p>&quot;I continue to believe my decision to send the letter was in the best interest of OHA and the beneficiaries we serve,&quot; Crabbe said at a news conference trustee Chairwoman Colette Machado had asked him to cancel. &quot;I stand behind this decision and accept full responsibility for it.&quot;</p>
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Appearing with more than 100 supporters at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs offices Monday, OHA Chief Executive Officer Kama­na‘o­pono Crabbe didn't back down in his flap with OHA trustees over the letter he sent to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asking for a legal opinion on whether the Hawaiian kingdom still exists as an independent nation under international law.

"I continue to believe my decision to send the letter was in the best interest of OHA and the beneficiaries we serve," Crabbe said at a news conference trustee Chairwoman Colette Machado had asked him to cancel. "I stand behind this decision and accept full responsibility for it." Login for more...



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