Wipeout in Hawaii

A president is toppled amid claims of arrogance, cronyism, and misspending

As president of the University of Hawaii System, Evan S. Dobelle kept in his office here a bucket of plastic crabs tipped on its side, a few fake crustaceans scattered across the floor. The scene was meant to send a message about his mission in Hawaii, a place where Mr. Dobelle says people had clawed and pulled each other into a trap of sustained mediocrity.

Calling himself a "change agent," he blew into town three years ago, donned a flower-print shirt, and set about upsetting the