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Office of Hawaiian Affairs appeals meetings ruling

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HONOLULU (AP) - The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is appealing a ruling that its board violated the state's open-meeting law during a dispute over CEO Kamanaopono Crabbe's conduct.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the agency appealed the ruling in Circuit Court this month.

The alleged violations stem from a letter Crabbe sent to Secretary of State John Kerry in May asking whether the Hawaiian kingdom exists as an independent sovereign nation under international law.

The trustees quickly sent a letter to Kerry rescinding Crabbe's note. The Office of Information Practices last month ruled trustees violated the law by calling and sending emails to each other about the letter without holding a public meeting.

The office says the board also violated the law by not allowing public testimony before they met to discuss Crabbe's conduct.

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