Office of Hawaiian Affairs Names New CEO

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HONOLULU, HAWAII — The Board of Trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs today named Research Director Dr. Kamana’opono Crabbe as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Crabbe, 48, takes over as successor to Clyde W. Nämu‘o, who retired Dec. 30, 2011 after 10 years in the top job at OHA.


Crabbe steps in at a time when OHA is strengthening its focus on a number of initiatives aimed at improving conditions for Native Hawaiians.

“We are extremely pleased with this appointment,” said OHA Chairperson Colette Machado. “It’s a well-considered decision that enables a smooth leadership transition at OHA.  Kamana’o has an outstanding reputation for organization and managing by consensus.”

Crabbe joined OHA’s executive team in November 2009 as research director. He came to OHA from the Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, where he served as a licensed psychologist and Director of Training.

He has long-served the Native Hawaiian community and the residents of Hawai’i in the area of clinical psychology, family therapy, and Native Hawaiian health research. Crabbe is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Hawai’i at Mänoa.

“It’s a great honor and privilege to be able to serve as CEO,” Crabbe said. “I look forward to building on important relationships and addressing the critical issues facing our organization.”


The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is a unique, independent state agency established through the Hawai‘i State Constitution and statutes to advocate for the betterment of conditions of all Native Hawaiians, with a Board of Trustees elected by the voters of Hawai‘i. OHA is guided by a vision and mission to ensure the perpetuation of the culture, to protect the entitlements of Native Hawaiians, and to build a strong and healthy Hawaiian people and nation. For more information, visit