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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Video: OHA Trustees Vote to Buy Out Crabbe--$450K Golden Parachute
By Video @ 4:33 AM :: 8395 Views :: Ethics, OHA

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:

Venomous atmosphere….

“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.



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