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Shame on PTA officials! Support free speech & free press Stop Bombing Pohakuloa

Saturday, May 18th, 2019
Borce, Loreto V Jr LTC USARMY IMCOM PACIFIC (US) <>, Fleming, Gregory R CIV USARMY IMCOM PACIFIC (US) <>, Donnelly, Michael O CIV (USA) <>, Taomia, Julie M CIV USARMY IMCOM PACIFIC (US) <>

Dear PTA Commander Borce, Deputy Commander Flemming, Public Affairs Officer Donnelly, and Cultural affairs person Taomia,

The article in today’s Hawaii Tribune Herald & West Hawaii Today by reporter Nancy Cook-Lauer who was banned from the Thursday, May 16th meeting in Hilo displays just one example of shame you should all feel from the way the meeting was conducted.  But I sincerely believe you have little shame about your treatment of reporter Cook-Lauer and the general public who attended the meeting and other members of our community and media representatives who were discouraged from attending due to your harsh statements to exclude the public and the press.

The meeting was suppose to be a consultation with the community about effects of training at Pohakuloa. It was anything but.  It was quite clear from your body language, smirks, obvious insincerity and even arrogance that could not be disguised by military camouflage, that the meeting was a fraud.  It was written all over your faces that the meeting was a mere legal formality that you hated, that you didn’t want to attend  and couldn’t wait to be over.  Real consultation begins by military officials listening to the community and responding to community concerns in community run meetings.  That process has yet to begin and needs to begin ASAP.

You should all be ashamed of yourselves.  Are you not suppose to be defending freedom and the right of the people to free speech and a free press?  Please make this letter an official part of the “Consultation” record as our organization Malu ‘Aina is listed as one of the consulting parties.

Jim Albertini
Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
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Below is a comment about the meeting I posted on Facebook after the meeting the 
night of May 16, 2019

Great turnout in Hilo tonight on Pohakuloa meetihg with base officials.

The PTA Deputy commander , Greg Flemming, who chaired the meeting did his best to control and spin everything in the military ‘s favor, but people weren’t buying it. PTA commander Lt. Col. Loreto Borce, and Civilian cultural manager Julie Taomia also participated. In the background was PTA Sargent Major and the Public relations person Mike Donnelly. Flemming tried to claim at the start of the meeting that he didn’t want to be filmed but several people challenged him as a public official chairing the meeting. He was forced to back off his request. Many people in the audience spoke out passionately to stop the bombing and the need to protect cultural and religious sites at PTA. A highlight of the evening was the presence and voice of Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science (HAAS) charter school from Pahoa. Many of the students have been to Kaho’olawe on several occasions and their experience has showed them the importance of working to stop the bombing and cleaning up Pohakuloa. The meeting was a legal requirement of the military. They tried to exclude the public but people would not have it. They demanded entry. It is not clear whether Nancy Cook-Lauer, a reporter from West Hawaii Today was allowed in. I saw a discussion taking place with officials but didn’t see what happened. I feel energized by the passion of those present speaking out to protect Pohakuloa and stop the bombing. Imua!


Reporter told to leave meeting about Army management plans for historic resources at PTA and Kawaihae Military Reservation

Brief report on Sen. Kai Kahele & Rep. Chris Todd’s Town hall meeting at UHH Wed. May 15th

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Brief report on Sen. Kai Kahele & Rep. Chris Todd’s Town hall meeting at UHH Wed. May 15th

Kai Kahele & Chris Todd’s Town hall meeting was boring, BORING!!!!!!!!
They went on and on and on for over an hour and a half reporting on money the
Leg appropriated. from 5:30-till after7pm The meeting was going to end
at 7:30. Finally about 7:05 I spoke up “PLEASE LET THE PEOPLE SPEAK.”
So there was 25 min of Q&A with some of their plants in the audience
leading the way. But I did zing them pretty good about failing to speak
up about the military Special Ops intrusion into out parks, coastal
waters and shorelines, Kai bringing in the three F-22 Raptor planes
(False Gods of metal) at Hilo airport for tours and worship ceremonies,
and not being there to uphold our right of free speech. And then
especially the PTA water well issue — no testing results after nearly 6
years. Kai arrived at the meeting together with Greg Flemming, Deputy
PTA commander. They knew they were going to be put on the hot seat
because I talked to his staff. So Kai gave his pro military, Proud
American military spiel, noting his dad had worked at PTA for 34 years as head of public works, and left
Flemming take the heat on no water test results. Flemming said the
military wants the results too (Yeah right! Ignorance is bliss) Anyway I think the issue
got out. I handed out leaflets to all there –about 75. Some young
Hawaiian students from Keaukaha were good against the rocket launch
site. The only
other public official present was Sue Leeloy. I had plenty of signs but
no one to hold them. I held signs outside and handed out leaflets to
people as they arrived. (See below)

Pohakuloa Water Well Contamination?

What stew of military toxins are possibly in the military Pohakuloa shallow water well drilled by UH Professor Don Thomas 5 years ago? Why hasn’t the water test data ever been released?

Professor Don Thomas was asked at an public forum what toxins are in the Pohakuloa shallow water well. No response!

The military officials at Pohakuloa were asked on Feb. 6, 2019 what toxins are in the Pohakuloa shallow water well. No response!

Both Senator Kahele and Representative Todd’s staff were asked on Feb. 20, 2019 by phone and follow up emails for release of the test data of the shallow water well drilled at PTA. To date —- No response! No data has been released. Please note that both Senator Kahele and Representative Todd are on the Legislative Water committees.

Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) is a 133,000-acre live-fire training base that has been shelled and bombed for 75 years by the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines and other countries as well. The last publicly released figure on the number of live-rounds fired annually at PTA was 14.8 million in 2004. PTA is now contaminated by a vast stew of military toxins – lead, Depleted Uranium radiation, perchlorate from rockets and munitions, PFAS, etc. etc. etc. Below are a few links to military toxins contaminating water supplies. And please remember, whatever we do mauka, eventually comes makai. Winds blow all around out island. Water runs down hill. People have a right to know what’s in the water. How long do we have to wait to get answers?

Military has poisoned everything’ – pollution casts shadow over New Mexico’s booming dairy industry

The U.S. Military Is Poisoning Germany

Jim Albertini

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622. Email:

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Stop a U.S. War on Iran!

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

Stop a U.S. War on Iran!   

US Bombers & War Ships ring Iran as IRS & Lawyers encircle Trump!

Watch for staged events to “justify” a U.S. attack to distract –- pointing to external enemies as the “real threat!”

How dare they put their country so close to U.S. bases!

     “Iran and Venezuela are both in the gun sights of U.S. imperialism. Sound the alarm and take action to stop these reckless and disastrous wars before they   begin.  Military personnel should prepare to refuse illegal orders to commit aggression against nations who are no threat to the U.S.”                                    Gerry Condon, President, US Veterans for Peace

U.S. Special Forces School Publishes New Guide for Overthrowing Foreign Governments (Newsweek 5/8/19)

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Contact: Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622. Email:

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May 17, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — week 921 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Demand Pohakuloa Water well test results of contaminants present!

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Demand Pohakuloa Water well test results of contaminants present!

Hilo Town Hall meetings with Sen. Kahele and Rep Todd Wed, May 15h 5:30PM UHH UCB 100

Sen Kahele and Rep. Chris Todd are heads of the State Legislature’s  Water Committees.  I have asked them in Feb. 2019 by phone calls and emails to their offices to obtain the water test results of the shallow water well (500-700 feet deep) drilled in 2013 at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA).  The test results have never been made public.  I suspect multiple toxins are present from military training , including Perchlorate used in rocket fuel and munitions, PFAS , lead, etc.  When I saw the notice of the Hilo Town Hall meeting I sent a follow up email to each asking them to bring the PTA water well test results to the meeting.  I hope you will be there at the town hall to join me in this effort to see the PTA water well test results.  We have a right to know.  How long do we have to wait for answers?  Remember whatever takes place mauka, eventually comes makai.  Water runs down hill!  Pohakuloa is located at 6000 feet in the center of our island and there are MILLIONS of live-rounds fired there annually by all branches of the military.  The bombing has been going on for 75 years.

Image result for perchlorate in
          water wells near Pohakuloa

Here is another military water contaminant to be concerned about –The toxins, collectively known as PFAS, have caused rampant pollution on military installations

‘This has poisoned everything’ – pollution casts shadow over New Mexico’s booming dairy industry

Amy Linn, Searchlight New Mexico

Wed 20 Feb 2019

The U.S. Military Is Poisoning Germany

By Pat Elder, Civilian Exposure. Germany is experiencing a public health crisis with millions of people potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with Per and Poly Fluoroalkyl Substances, or PFAS. A major source of this chemical contamination comes from the aqueous film forming foam  used in routine fire-training on U.S. military bases. After igniting, then dousing massive fires with the lethal foam containing PFAS, the American bases allow the poisons to leach into the groundwater to contaminate neighboring communities which use groundwater in their wells and municipal water systems. -more-

Big Island Video news story on Pohakuloa Consultation meetings

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Big Island Video news story on Pohakuloa Consultation meetings


Kona Tuesday, May 14th 5:30-7:30 PM Kona Council Chambers

Hilo, Thursday, May 16th 5:30-7:30 PM Aupuni Center Conference room