Dr. Kamanaʻopono Crabbe

Office of Hawaiian Affairs, CEO



Dr. Kamanaʻopono M. Crabbe, was named Ka Pouhana, Chief Executive Officer at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in 2012.  As Ka Pouhana, his priorities included restoring OHA’s integrity in the native Hawaiian community with a focus on nurturing a sense of commitment to empowering Hawaiians and strengthening Hawaiʻi.  As the prior Research Director of OHA since 2009, Dr. Crabbe understood the need to gather and document data on native Hawaiians in order to make sound decisions that would allow the organization to engage policymakers in its work, create public awareness, and build community support.  Before joining OHA, he was Director of Psychology Training at the Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.  Prior to that, he completed his pre-doctoral training in clinical psychology as well as his post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine-health psychology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.  Dr. Crabbe has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  He was also a psychology major at the University of Hawaiʻi.  He currently resides in Moanalua Valley, Oʻahu.  His hobbies include surfing, canoeing and voyaging.


Kathryn Matayoshi

Department of Education, Superintendent



Kathryn Matayoshi was named Superintendent in 2010. Prior to her appointment, she served as acting and interim superintendent and Deputy Superintendent.  Matayoshi, an attorney, came to the Department following a successful career in the private, government and nonprofit sectors — including executive director of the Hawaii Business Roundtable; president and chief executive officer, Community Links Hawaii; the City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply; and director, state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.  She also held positions at Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., the law firm Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, and served as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Samuel P.King. A Hilo High alumna, Matayoshi holds a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College.
Jack Wong

Kamehameha Schools, CEO

VP Legal Division and interim CEO


Jack Wong was named Chief Executive Officer of Kamehameha Schools in September, 2014 after serving as Interim CEO for six months.

He oversees the trust’s statewide educational system that serves more than 48,000 Hawaiian learners annually through its campus, community and scholarship programs.

His kuleana also includes growing the endowment that funds the schools’ educational mission, and ensuring the wise stewardship of its lands.

Prior to being named CEO, Jack served as Kamehameha’s Vice President for Legal Services. For the past 17 years he has worked to protect and defend the will and legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop.

In addition to his leadership role at Kamehameha Schools, he also serves as vice-chair of the Hawai‘i Council on Economic Education.


David Lassner

University of Hawaiʻi, President



An internationally respected leader in information technology for higher education, David Lassner is the president of the10-campus University of Hawai‘i System—the chief executive officer of the state’s only public institution of higher education. He has worked at UH since 1977 in progressively responsible technical, management and executive positions and has served numerous community roles locally, nationally and internationally.
Catherine Payne

Department of Education, Charter School Commission, Chair



Catherine Payne is a retired educator whose career has spanned over 35 years. She was most recently the principal of Farrington High School.  Ms. Payne was the recipient of the National Milken Educator Award.  She also won the Principal of the Year Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals for her work with incarcerated students at the alternative Olomana School.
Kauanoe Kamanā

Áha Pūnana Leo, Board Chair



Dr. Kauanoe Kamanā serves as president of ʻAha Pūnana Leo and is an associate professor at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, Hawaiian Language College at UH-Hilo. She directs the university’s internationally renown P-12 Hawaiian immersion laboratory school Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu in Keaʻau, Hawaiʻi.  Her own two children were both raised totally in Hawaiian at home and in this educational system. Her life’s work reestablishes the link between cultural vibrancy and academic success. She firmly believes that we all have a role in carrying that legacy into the future.