It was our honor to be able to deliver testimony acknowledging Dr. Kamana'opono Crabbe on the day that he retired as kapena of the OHA wa'a:
On behalf of Papa Ola Lōkahi’s board of directors, staff, the five Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems, and the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship program, we offer our respect, pride and gratitude for Dr. Kamanaʻopono Crabbe during his tenure at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs as Ka Pouhana.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is identified in the Native Hawaiian Heath Care Improvement Act as a member of Papa Ola Lōkahi, designed to contribute to the mission to
“raise the health status of Native Hawaiians to the highest possible level.” We have enjoyed a strategic partnership with OHA that has been supported by Dr. Crabbe.
We are particularly proud that Dr. Crabbe, one of our earliest Native Hawaiian health scholars, has embodied the commitment to service and compassionate leadership that is desired in a competent Hawaiian workforce. He has modeled these values through direct clinical practice, sensitive and capable research, and executive function. His personal contributions to capacity building include mentoring many Hawaiians with similar aspirations to serve in Hawaiian communities, organizations and agencies.
Kamanaʻo has demonstrated integrity to his practice and to his culture, and a willingness to engage in conversation so that our people and communities across the pae ʻāina recognize their own power for healing themselves and their communities.
There is much more to be done toward achieving equity in Hawaiian well-being. Consistent and collaborative leadership from all Native Hawaiian organizations will be critical. The intersection of health with housing, cultural practice, education, employment and social well-being will continue to be necessary to create movement toward improving Hawaiian lives. This understanding and willingness to work collaboratively will still be vital at all levels at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. As OHA strives to continue to fulfill its kuleana of the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act, we implore the board of trustees to maintain leadership that values and exemplifies these qualities.
Eō Kamana‘opono Crabbe! E ola!
Sheri Daniels, EdD
OFFICIAL TESTIMONY [PDF]