Veteran trustee Rowena Akana was elected chairwoman of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees today, edging out incumbent Robert “Bob” Lindsey of Hawaii island.
The election culminated a raucous meeting that saw three members — Collette Machado, Dan Ahuna and Peter Apo — walk out of the OHA board room in protest following the vote.
“Good luck, everybody,” Machado said as she left.
Newly elected trustee Keli‘i Akina helped to make a difference, voting with a 5-4 majority to install the new leader. Also voting for Akana, a trustee since 1990, were John Waihee IV, Leina‘ala Ahu Isa, Hulu Lindsey and Akana
Ahu Isa, an at-large trustee, was elected vice chairwoman, while Hulu Lindsey of Maui was selected as chairwoman of the Committee on Resource Management.