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Community meetings in Hilo & Kona about Pohakuloa military impacts to cultural resources

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Malu Aina Center for Non-Violent Education and Action

Nov. 27, 2017

Press Release on Community meetings in Hilo & Kona about Pohakuloa military impacts to cultural resources

Contact: Ruth Aloua 785-0211 for Kona forum, Pua’ena Ahn 854-1837 for Hilo forum

U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa is seeking public comment on its 2017 Draft Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plan regarding the 132,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area, located in the saddle between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. The document states, “the general objective of the cultural resources management program are to eliminate impacts to the military mission arising from cultural resources.” Despite adverse impacts to archaeological resources and sacred sites, the Environmental Assessment concluded a Finding Of No Significant Impact. For this reason, USAG-Pohakuloa has declined to hold public meetings as it is not legally obligated to do so under a FONSI, despite “active public outreach” having been included as an Implementation Objective of the ICRMP.  Malu ʻAina Center for Non-Violent Education and Action will be hosting community meetings concerning this plan in lieu of USAG-Pohakuloa, co-sponsored by Hawaii County District 5 Council Member Jen Ruggles. The Hilo meeting will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Aupuni Center Conference Room from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The Kona meeting will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the West Hawai’i Civic Center in the open gazebo from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Community members attending in Kona should bring a chair or towel for comfortable seating. Written testimonies, songs, chants and art are welcomed. Testimonies will be video recorded, shared on social media and submitted to U.S. Army Garrison by the December 7, 2017 deadline.


For further information contact Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action via phone ((808) 966-7622) or email (ja@malu-aina.org). Sign-up on our website to receive our posts  http://www.malu-aina.org/

The EA can be found at https://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/NEPA/Documents/USAG-P_ICRMP%20&%20EA_Draft%20FNSI_revised.pdf and can submit comments.  Comments can be emailed tousaghi.pao.comrel@us.army.mil or mailed to: Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii Environmental Division (IMHW-PWE) 947 Wright Ave., Wheeler Army Airfield Schofield Barracks, HI 96857-5013.

Please help pass the word. Mahalo.

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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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Take Action to Stop Training for War!

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Protect Pohakuloa!

Protect People, Plants & Animals on Land & Sea!

      The Army’s Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) has just completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) on “Managing Cultural resources.”  The document says “the general objectives of the cultural resources management program are to eliminate impacts to the military missions arising from cultural resources…” according to a front page article in the Nov. 11, 2017 Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Shouldn’t that be the other way around – eliminate impacts to cultural resources from military missions? Or do military missions trump all?

      Malu ‘Aina urges public meetings on Hawaii island for community feedback. The military PTA Public Affairs officer, Eric Hamilton, says such meetings are not required, therefore none are planned. His phone numbers are 969-1966 office, and 824-1474. For people off island dial 1-808 first. Email for Eric Hamilton usaghi.pao.comrel@us.army.mil

      Our overall demands are Stop All Live-Fire Training at PTA, Clean-Up of the military created toxic mess at PTA, including Depleted Uranium radiation contamination, and then Shut-Down PTA. Meanwhile, the military should provide access to cultural and religious sites in this sacred area “Pohakuloa—the Land of the Night of Long Prayer” and immediately stop further desecration of this sacred heavenly realm located between Mauna Loa and Mauna A Wakea. The public comment deadline for the EA is Dec. 7, 2017.

The 212-page Army environmental assessment can be found at https://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/NEPA/NEPA.htm

Comments can be emailed to usaghi.pao.comrel@us.army.mil or mailed to: Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii Environmental Division (IMHW-PWE) 947 Wright Ave., Wheeler Army Airfield Schofield Barracks, HI 96857-5013.

Stop Navy Bombing & Sonar!

      An article in the Nov. 11, 2017 Hawaii Tribune-Herald “Public Skeptical about Navy training plans” A-3 reported on the only public meeting held Nov. 9th on the Big island about the Navy’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) about Navy bombing and sonar plans in an around Hawaii and the west coast U.S. The public testimony went on for several hours with each testifier limited to 3 min. Every testimony was AGAINST Navy plans. No one spoke in support. No one believed the military claims of being “responsible stewards.” The Navy’s record speaks for itself –Pearl Harbor pollution and destruction of fish ponds, nuclear waste dumped in Hawaiian waters, massive fuel storage leaks, the bombing of Kaho’olawe, which is still a military mess after $400 million has been spent on clean up there. Former Navy bombing sites on Hawaii island are still in need of unexploded ordnance and other military toxin clean up.

      Malu ‘Aina encourages you to send in testimony urging the “No Action” Navy alternative. Enough already. Send in your testimony by Dec. 12, 2017 to https://hstteis.com/Public-Involvement/Public-Comment. The full Navy EIS can be downloaded at https://hstteis.com/Documents/2017-Hawaii-Southern-California-Training-and-Testing-Draft-EIS-OEIS/Draft-EIS-OEIS

Malama Honua – Take Care of the Earth!  No More War!

  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: ja@malu-aina.org

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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet Nov. 17, 2017– 843rd week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Song “Ballad of Pearl Harbor”

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

I just sent out the song — “Ballad of Pearl Harbor” to a number of friends since we are having a public meeting with the Navy here in Hilo tomorrow night on their plans for bombing and training in Hawaiian waters.  See my leaflet below which we will be handing out.

jim 

Song Ballad of Pearl Harbor–Matthew 7:6  recorded 32 years ago (first take/last take) by Jim Albertini and Bernard Punikaia (of Hale Mohalu located in Pearl City close to Pearl Harbor.)

Taro Patch 03 Ballad of Pearl Harbor Folk

“Do not give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before swine.  They will trample them underfoot at best, perhaps even tear you to shreds.”  Matthew 7:6

Chorus: Take back the Pearl for the People.  Let Mother Pearl shine again and give life back to the land, and welcome all of her rainbow children that bridge the ocean of peace.

Repeat chorus

  1. We showered you with our pearls.  But you wanted even more.  You took away our Mother Pearl: raped, plundered and trampled her.

We were blinded by your breath of fire.  You made us very proud. We worshipped you not knowing, we were losing our souls.

Repeat Chorus

  1. You poisoned the waters and destroyed the fish ponds.  You killed the fish and the oysters and desecrated holy lands.  You put up fences and iron gates.  You brought in disease and waves of death.

Repeat chorus

  1. We have been fools but our eyes are now opening. No longer will we worship you or follow in your ways.  Depart from us with your poison quills and deadly unhatched eggs.

Repeat chorus

Repeat: that bridge the ocean of peace.

For distribution at the Navy EIS public meeting  on their bombing and sonar plans in Hawaiian waters and waters off San Diego.  The meeting is Thursday, Nov. 9th from 4-8PM at Waiakea High School cafeteria. If you can, come at 5PM and join in a protest.

US Navy – Clean Up Your Mess!

End U.S. Occupation of Hawaii,  and Stop Provoking War!

    The US Navy has been shelling and bombing Hawaii for over 100 years  What greater desecration can there be than to bomb the land and sea for which we depend for life?

    Hawaiʻi is the most militarized group of islands in the world.  The Bayonet Constitution and the Reciprocity Treaty of 1887 resulted in the US Navy getting exclusive use of Pearl Harbor. Six years later in 1893 the Navy ship, USS Boston, landed military troops in Honolulu to assist sugar planters in the illegal removal of Hawaiʻi’s Queen. An illegal US military occupation of Hawaiʻi has continued ever since.

    In the past 100 years the U.S. Navy has turned once pristine Pu’uloa  (Pearl Harbor), the fish breeding center of Hawaiʻi, into a Superfund toxic waste dump.  Millions of gallons of radioactive liquid waste has been discharged into Pearl Harbor along with other military toxins. Navy leaking 250 million gallon fuel tanks at Red Hill threaten safe drinking water on Oʻahu.  More than 2000 fifty-five gallon drums of radioactive solid waste from refueling Navy submarine nuclear reactors have been dumped to the ocean floor off Oʻahu’s southern shores.  The island of Kaho’olawe was used as a target island for more than 50 years. An EIS done on the island in the 80s said there were tens of thousands of unexploded bombs on the island, some as deep as 20 feet into the ‘āina.  $400,000,000 was spent on clean up of Kaho’olawe but the island and surrounding waters are still a mess.  68% of Kaho’olawe’s surface has been cleared; only 9% of the island has been cleared to a depth of 4 feet so putting a shovel in the ground to plant a tree can be life threatening experience.  Zero percent of the surrounding waters has been cleared.

    Military ordnance litters Hawaiʻi Island and surrounding waters. Live ordnance has been found off Hapuna Beach, in Hilo Bay, on residential and school grounds, and people have been killed and injured by exploding ordnance, some which can be set off by cell phones.  57 known military sites totaling more than 250,000 acres (nine Kaho’olawes in size) on Hawaiʻi Island are in need of clean up.  I’ll mention just a few of the sites: Navy Rocket Range in Hawi, Navy Bombing Range, Kawaihae, Big island Bombing targets Mahukona range,  Puakō, Mano Point, Makolea Point, Pakini Bombing Range, Kaʻū bombing range, Kapoho Target area, Cape Kumukahi, Kaloli Point, Leleiwi. The list goes on. This is what we know.  But there is likely much more that we don’t know.

    The Navy’s claim about being good stewards of the land and sea is a lie.  The US military (Navy included) is the greatest polluter on the planet. The US Navy needs to learn the lesson that all of our mothers teach.  “Don’t even think about creating a new mess until you have cleaned up your old mess.”  Mālama ‘āina, Mālama kai, Mālama honua.   Today the US Navy has 3 aircraft carrier groups with multiple combat ships from Pearl Harbor now in waters surrounding Korea.  This is provocative action toward war that can occur by accident or design, just like the two navy ships recently involved in collisions with civilian transport vessels in the the western Pacific.  Also let us not forget the phony U.S. claims that started past wars: “Remember the Maine” in the Spanish American war and the “Tonkin Gulf incident” in Vietnam.

    In short, Stop your war games and provoking war. No more bombs, sonar experiments, etc. in and around Hawaii.  We’ve had enough.  The U.S. Navy has plenty of work to do in cleaning up its existing mess in Hawaii and around the world.  Whatever we do to the land, the sea, the marine life, etc. we do to ourselves. Peace must come through peaceful means, not through war and the training for war.

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

Stand Up for Peace & No More War!

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

For distribution at the Navy EIS public meeting  on their bombing and sonar plans in Hawaiian waters and waters off San Diego.  The meeting is Thursday, Nov. 9th from 4-8PM at Waiakea High School cafeteria. If you can, come at 5PM and join in a protest.

US Navy – Clean Up Your Mess!

End U.S. Occupation of Hawaii,  and Stop Provoking War!

    The US Navy has been shelling and bombing Hawaii for over 100 years  What greater desecration can there be than to bomb the land and sea for which we depend for life?

    Hawaiʻi is the most militarized group of islands in the world.  The Bayonet Constitution and the Reciprocity Treaty of 1887 resulted in the US Navy getting exclusive use of Pearl Harbor. Six years later in 1893 the Navy ship, USS Boston, landed military troops in Honolulu to assist sugar planters in the illegal removal of Hawaiʻi’s Queen. An illegal US military occupation of Hawaiʻi has continued ever since.

    In the past 100 years the U.S. Navy has turned once pristine Pu’uloa  (Pearl Harbor), the fish breeding center of Hawaiʻi, into a Superfund toxic waste dump.  Millions of gallons of radioactive liquid waste has been discharged into Pearl Harbor along with other military toxins. Navy leaking 250 million gallon fuel tanks at Red Hill threaten safe drinking water on Oʻahu.  More than 2000 fifty-five gallon drums of radioactive solid waste from refueling Navy submarine nuclear reactors have been dumped to the ocean floor off Oʻahu’s southern shores.  The island of Kaho’olawe was used as a target island for more than 50 years. An EIS done on the island in the 80s said there were tens of thousands of unexploded bombs on the island, some as deep as 20 feet into the ‘āina.  $400,000,000 was spent on clean up of Kaho’olawe but the island and surrounding waters are still a mess.  68% of Kaho’olawe’s surface has been cleared; only 9% of the island has been cleared to a depth of 4 feet so putting a shovel in the ground to plant a tree can be life threatening experience.  Zero percent of the surrounding waters has been cleared.

    Military ordnance litters Hawaiʻi Island and surrounding waters. Live ordnance has been found off Hapuna Beach, in Hilo Bay, on residential and school grounds, and people have been killed and injured by exploding ordnance, some which can be set off by cell phones.  57 known military sites totaling more than 250,000 acres (nine Kaho’olawes in size) on Hawaiʻi Island are in need of clean up.  I’ll mention just a few of the sites: Navy Rocket Range in Hawi, Navy Bombing Range, Kawaihae, Big island Bombing targets Mahukona range,  Puakō, Mano Point, Makolea Point, Pakini Bombing Range, Kaʻū bombing range, Kapoho Target area, Cape Kumukahi, Kaloli Point, Leleiwi. The list goes on. This is what we know.  But there is likely much more that we don’t know.

    The Navy’s claim about being good stewards of the land and sea is a lie.  The US military (Navy included) is the greatest polluter on the planet. The US Navy needs to learn the lesson that all of our mothers teach.  “Don’t even think about creating a new mess until you have cleaned up your old mess.”  Mālama ‘āina, Mālama kai, Mālama honua.   Today the US Navy has 3 aircraft carrier groups with multiple combat ships from Pearl Harbor now in waters surrounding Korea.  This is provocative action toward war that can occur by accident or design, just like the two navy ships recently involved in collisions with civilian transport vessels in the the western Pacific.  Also let us not forget the phony U.S. claims that started past wars: “Remember the Maine” in the Spanish American war and the “Tonkin Gulf incident” in Vietnam.

    In short, Stop your war games and provoking war. No more bombs, sonar experiments, etc. in and around Hawaii.  We’ve had enough.  The U.S. Navy has plenty of work to do in cleaning up its existing mess in Hawaii and around the world.  Whatever we do to the land, the sea, the marine life, etc. we do to ourselves. Peace must come through peaceful means, not through war and the training for war.

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

Stand Up! Speak Out! To Prevent Nuclear War!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

No War in Korea

The world may be closer to the brink of nuclear war than at any time in history!

Click here to add your name to the People’s Peace Treaty.

The People’s Peace Treaty will be sent to the governments and peoples of Korea, as well as to the U.S. Government. The People’s Peace Treaty concludes:

NOW, THEREFORE, as a Concerned Person of the United States of America (or on behalf of a civil society organization), I hereby sign this People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea, dated November 11, 2017, Armistice Day (also Veterans Day in the U.S.), and…

Urge Washington and Pyongyang to immediately stop their preemptive (or preventive) conventional/nuclear attack threats against each other and to sign the new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons;

Call upon the U.S. Government to stop its large-scale, joint war drills with the armed forces of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and Japan, and commence a gradual withdrawal of the U.S. troops and weapons from South Korea;

Pledge that I will do my best… to reach out to the North Korean people – in order to foster greater understanding, reconciliation and friendship.

Also please view and share the links below to recent educational events. Share with friends, churches, teachers, community organizations, etc.

ON THE BRINK OF WAR IN KOREA –HOW DID WE GET THERE AND HOW DO WE GET OUT?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVcAQN2HDLI&feature=youtu.be

ECONOMIC WARFARE ON NORTH KOREA: IMPACT OF SANCTIONS ON THE NORTH KOREAN PEOPLE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJHKo_uwgnw&feature=youtu.be

ON THE BRINK OF WAR: PEACE ACTIVISTS IN SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN RESPOND 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UadS7dOPrE0&feature=youtu.be

Other links to forums on paths to peace https://pisa.elliott.gwu.edu/ramps-war-paths-building-peace-north-korea and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoWqyUDKPWQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOyhF–by2A

Peace Now!  Stand Up!  Speak Up!

  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: ja@malu-aina.org

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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet Nov. 3. 2017– 841st week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office