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Raucous OHA board meeting ends with new chairwoman

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Judge Lisa Ginoza (not in the picture) swearing in the new Office of Hawaiian Affairs board of trustees at the Na Lama Kukui (Formerly Gentry Pacific Design Ctr.) board room. Newly elected trustees are (back to front) Robert Lindsey, Jr., Dan Ahuna., Colette Y. Machado and Keli’i Akina (replacing Haunani Apoliona).

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.

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