Archive for the ‘Hawaii Independence’ Category

Reminder Hilo Pohakuloa forum

Monday, July 17th, 2017

There is a Pohakuloa forum 5-7 PM this Wed. July 19 at the Hawaii Com. College Manono St. campus Kaneikeao conference room where Ruth Aloua, Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD and Paka Harp will be speaking.  It is sponsored by the Hilo Hawaiian Civic Club.

Bring questions in writing you want answered.

 

What July 4 really means in Hawaii

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

http://www.disappearednews.com/2017/07/repost-2017-history-that-should-notand.html

Monday, July 03, 2017 

Repost 2017: History that should not—and will not—disappear: July 4, 1894, illegal overthrow of Hawaii completed

President Cleveland further concluded that a “substantial wrong has thus been done which a due regard for our national character as well as the rights of the injured people requires we should endeavor to repair” and called for the restoration of the Hawaiian monarchy.


by Larry Geller

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Cannon on the steps of the occupied Iolani Palace


On July 4, 1894, the Republic of Hawaii was declared, with Sanford B. Dole as president. The illegal overthrow of the independent nation of Hawaii was complete.

Yes, although your daily paper may want you to forget this, it is history that should not be ignored. There’s even a federal law confirming the truth of the history they refuse to print.

From the Apology Resolution, United States Public Law 103-150:

Whereas, in a message to Congress on December 18, 1893, President Grover Cleveland reported fully and accurately on the illegal acts of the conspirators, described such acts as an “act of war, committed with the participation of a diplomatic representative of the United States and without authority of Congress”, and acknowledged that by such acts the government of a peaceful and friendly people was overthrown… President Cleveland further concluded that a “substantial wrong has thus been done which a due regard for our national character as well as the rights of the injured people requires we should endeavor to repair” and called for the restoration of the Hawaiian monarchy.

Whereas, the indigenous Hawaiian people never directly relinquished their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people or over their national lands to the United States, either through their monarchy or through a plebiscite or referendum.

A treaty of annexation was never passed by Congress, and President Grover Cleveland withdrew the treaty. Then on this day in history…

On July 4, 1894, the archipelago’s new leaders responded to this rebuff by proclaiming a Republic of Hawaii, with Sanford Dole as president. Under its constitution, most legislators would be appointed rather than elected, and only men with savings and property would be eligible for public office. This all but excluded native Hawaiians from the government of their land… [From Overthrow, a book by Stephen Kinzer]

What was the motivation? Need you ask? Why is the US in Iraq?From the Washington Post review of Overthrow:

As Stephen Kinzer tells the story in Overthrow, America’s century of regime changing began not in Iraq but Hawaii. Hawaii? Indeed. Kinzer explains that Hawaii’s white haole minority — in cahoots with the U.S. Navy, the White House and Washington’s local representative — conspired to remove Queen Liliuokalani from her throne in 1893 as a step toward annexing the islands. The haole plantation owners believed that by removing the queen (who planned to expand the rights of Hawaii’s native majority) and making Hawaii part of the United States, they could get in on a lucrative but protected mainland sugar market. Ever wonder why free trade has such a bad name?

The road leading up to the declaration of the Republic of Hawaii was rocky, and can’t be summed up in a short blog article. Did you know, for example, that a US Senate investigation revealed that a bribe had been offered to Queen Liliuokalani to turn against her people and support the Republic? This snip is from a New York Times article on the Senate investigation, dated 1/29/1894:

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The declaration of the Republic was not a single, static event. There was considerable debate in Congress on resolutions condemning the overthrow and proposed annexation. For example, this snip from the 1/25/1894 New York Times will give you an idea of the complexity that we lose in simplifying Hawaii’s history:

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Each article is much longer than the snips above. It would be worthwhile to skim the New York Times for a complete account of the Congressional debate. No doubt this has already been done. If not, the articles are available on-line for the harvesting..

If you’re not familiar with Hawaiian history, beware of websites that work hard to re-write it. The true picture of the overthrow is not pretty, nor can the acts of the US government be justified or whitewashed. Google cautiously.

Let your children know that there is more to July 4 than barbecues and fireworks. It is a holiday that tears people apart here in Hawaii. See how you can work this history into your celebrations and festivities, so that it will never disappear.

Military Unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Hawaii

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Mayor Kim Requests U.S. Army Change UXO Clearance Schedule

 

Protest at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) main gate 9:30AM Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Protest at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) main gate Wednesday, June 28, 2017

PTA is having a ground breaking ceremony for modernizing ranges and infrastructure beginning at 10AM on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (See below)  They are doing their modernization/expansion piecemeal to avoid a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on their overall expansion plans.  We are planning a protest at the PTA main gate beginning 9:30AM  till 11AM.  Carpools leaving the Hilo side Komohana/Saddle Rd. intersection at 8:45AM on Wednesday morning.  Please join and help pass the word.  Mahalo.

We call for stopping all live fire at PTA, comprehensive testing and monitoring for Depleted Uranium (DU) Radiation contamination, clean up of the DU, no renewal of the PTA lease by the State of Hawaii which expires in 2029, and a military exist plan and overall clean up and restoration of this sacred area –“The Land of the Night of Long Prayer.” and a return of this crown and government lands to the Hawaiian people.

Jim Albertini
Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
email ja@malu-aina.org
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Below is a military release  to invited guests.  We, of course, are NOT on the list.  Someone sent this to me to let me know what’s happening.
Jim

On behalf of Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Marquez, Commander USAG-Pohakuloa, you’re cordially invited to Pohakuloa Training Area Installation Improvement Ground Breaking:

Date: 28 June 2017, Wednesday

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Pohakuloa Training Area on the island of Hawaii

Narrative along with historic pictures:

Pohakuloa Training Area is under-going a series of phased construction projects to modernize ranges and improve Cantonment infrastructure.  Characterized as an austere training environment for military personnel, and a remote duty station for civilian staff, Pohakuloa Training Area represents the largest single live-fire range facility in the Pacific region.  Originally constructed with the intent that facilities were temporary, Pohakuloa has remained an important training asset for all DoD services for the past 70 years.  Temporary facilities have out-lasted their cost-effective life-spans for maintenance and upkeep.  Today, out-dated and worn systems cannot fully support the requirements of military leaders to ensure combat readiness, nor provide adequate facilities for civilian support personnel.  The Pohakuloa “Facilities Improvement Plan” focuses first on Cantonment basic services of water, power, wastewater, and communications.  As utility systems are upgraded, new structures will replace antiquated Quonset huts, including barracks, dining facilities, laundries, and professional office space for civilian staff.  Down-range initiatives will proceed in parallel with Cantonment upgrades.  The recently completed Infantry Platoon Battle Course is the first of several modern range initiatives that will maximize training effectiveness within the existing boundaries of Pohakuloa.  With a civilian workforce of ~200, and military throughput of ~12,000 annually, the “Facilities Improvement Plan” is necessary to enhance Pohakuloa operational capabilities and administrative services, to maintain the readiness of United States armed forces.

The contact info for questions is:  

USAG-HI Protocol @ 808-656-0615

Write a letter to the Editor on DU at Pohakuloa

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Here are email addresses for letters to the editor  I just sent the letter below.  Both the Hawaii Tribune Herald and West Hawaii Today carried an article 6/16/17 about the NRC denying our petition for a hearing, but didn’t say anything about the danger of inhaling DU oxide dust particles.  I don’t know about the Honolulu Star-Advertiser if it covered the NRC ruling.

Hilo –Hawaii Tribune Herald      letters@hawaiitribune-herald.com

Kona — West Hawaii Today     letters@westhawaiitoday.com

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser      letters@staradvertiser.com

Letter to the editor

License to Poison

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) actions of June 13, 2017 denied Big Island residents a hearing about the dangers of inhaling Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles from military radiation at the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area.  These particles can be dispersed and carried long distance from PTA by the wind, military high explosives and other activity at PTA that creates dust.  Neither the military, nor the NRC, want to deal with this main hazard of inhalation of DU oxide dust particles.  They only talk about there being no external radiation hazard  which is not really an issue with DU. The NRC and military actions fail to protect troops, residents, and visitors health and safety.  In short, the NRC has issued the military a license to poison us.  The military “mission” and efforts to avoid liability trumps all.  Troops, residents, and visitors are being treated as lab rats for military experiments.  Whatever happened to informed consent.   I encourage everyone to view the short video by Hawaii Doctor Lorrin Pang, MD explaining the health dangers of inhaling DU oxide dust particles and judge for yourself if there are health dangers.  See the video here

https://vimeo.com/19153948)

 

-- 
Jim Albertini, one of the NRC petitioners and president of 
Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
email ja@malu-aina.org
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