From OHA Boardmeetings YouTube Page
It is not included in the video, but an OHA source informs Hawai'i Free Press that Trustees in executive session voted to offer Crabbe a buy out of the rest of his contract.
The motion was carried by five votes: Chair Rowena Akana, Dr Kelii Akina PhD, Hulu Lindsey, Lei Ahu Isa and John Waihee IV.
During the debate, Crabbe cronies--now in the minority on the Board--revealed that they had gifted Crabbe with a $450K golden parachute just before the Nov 8 elections changed the Board majority.
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Six Trustees Needed to Oust Crabbe
SA: …trustee Peter Apo cautioned about making too much of the closed-door vote. He said that anytime a board changes leadership, discussions about changes in staff come with it.
“It’s a normal procedure after every election,” he said.
Apo said there were five votes to enter negotiations with Crabbe’s representative, but it will take six votes to take further action.
Apo, a Crabbe supporter, said it’s possible the effort will result in some administrative changes, but it’s far from certain that the CEO will be asked to step down….
read … Still in the Bucket
Makekau: Crabbe Does NOT have Valid Contract
CB: “The matter if the CEO contract is in dispute because he rejected the 3 year extension and countered with a 5 year higher paying contract which the BOT rejected. So what's really at stake here is how the former chair of the board signed the 3 year extension without the other members of the board voting on it? All under the legal advice of counsel Robert Kline!”
read … No Golden Parachute Needed?
HPR: New OHA Board and New Chair’s Vision for the Future: Rowena Akana
FreeHawaii: Flash OHA Trustees Oust Crabbe
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At 25:00 Crabbe asks that the discussion of his contract be held in public.
Trustees break until 31:00
Chair Rowena Akana opens discussion with a damning indictment of Crabbe’s role as CEO including:
“Out of control spending….
“Staff trips to Europe, Australia….
“Staff required to get OK to speak to Trustees….
“Allowing people who are not qualified to be hired….”
Dan Ahuna -- “Lies”
Robert Lindsey -- “Insanity”
Dan Ahuna “Five trustees voted for (Akana) as Chair in exchange for a promise to oust Crabbe, but we have a contract which was extended only two months ago…. Flushing $450K down the toilet…. cost at least $500K….”
Recess for at 48:00 back at 49:39
Dan Ahuna: “The Legislature is watching. There are bills in the works which would make Trustee positions appointed rather than elected. This is a message that the Board is incompetent. They did this to the BoE. When you were on it, Trustee Isa....”
Colette Machado: “Early termination requires a buy-out…. $150K per year for three years.”
Peter Apo, Hulu Lindsey, and John Waihee IV silent.
59:00 Crabbe pleads for his job…. (Plays video at 1:06:00) “New contract signed on Nov 1. The terms of the contract are binding and enforceable in a court of law…. No matter what you offer me as a buy-out I will adamantly decline…. Chair Lindsey asked me, ‘Why would I want to stay here and put up with this chaos?’”
1:18:00 Crabbe: “…Our employees are subjugated to the erratic, inconsistent, indecisive decision making and behavior unbecoming of servant-leaders. That continues to erode the integrity of our agencies, the credibility of our achievements ….“ “…I came to OHA despite my ohana and close friends astonishment….”
1:22:00 Crabbe reads short list of OHA employees who have lasted 20+ years….
1:25:00 Crabbe plays video prepared by his staff cronies who know they are next to go and for some reason want to stay.
1:39:00 Video ends. Crabbe: “… to be quite honest, I’m fed up with it….”
1:42:00 Trustees go into executive session, recording of meeting ends.