A procedural dispute short-circuited an expected showdown over whether the CEO at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs stays or goes.

Thursday's OHA meeting lasted ten minutes before the board lost quorum. Several members walked out after Chairwoman Rowena Akana deferred the items linked to CEO Kamanao Crabbe, and announced she would not be taking oral testimony.

The board's legal counsel says Akana as chair was within her legal right. But this latest infighting calls into question how strong Akana's alliances really are.

OHA trustees are at odds over whether Crabbe should be kept on as CEO and whether the board should buy out his contract.

Akana believes the contract was illegal because the full board never voted on the final terms. She's also questioned the ballooning costs under Crabbe's tenure.  

Akana believes Crabbe is behind a slew of complaints filed against her by staff. She says two people have filed 32 complaints against her. Akana plans to counter by filing an ethics complaint.