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Disappointed in your vote on Res 22-14

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Hawaii County Council voted 5-4  in support of Res 22.14 to appeal Judge Barry Kurren's decision against Hawaii County's GMO ban law.

Thank God for Council Chair, Dru Kanuha, voted FOR Res. 22-14.  His vote saved the male reputation.  Otherwise it would have been all females For and all males Against.


To Council members Aaron Chung, Greggor Iligan, Dennis Onishi, and Danny Paleka who voted NO


Aloha Council members,

Like you, I sat through many hours of testimony today and was very moved by what I heard from a broad cross section of our island in support of Res. 22-14. (As usual Dennis Onishi was absent for much of the testimony.) I was especially moved by young Hawaiian families, the children speaking for their future of aloha aina, and even Vietnam vets making links between Agent Orange chemical warfare and the toxic chemicals used in GMOs produced by the same companies.

Fair and open democracy is under attack all across the U.S. by big money vested interests. It is concentrating more and more power in the hands of a few.  Corruption is blatant.  Big money is buying votes.  The higher you go the more money will flow. In many areas Big Money is succeeding: Wall St. deregulation and FDIC insuring derivatives, spiking campaign contribution by the super rich, giveaways of public lands for fracking, and the effort to require labels on GMO foods.  Counties throughout Hawaii have been different.  People have spoken up and their votes and voices counted in passing local ordinances to control GMOs.

I was very disappointed to see that you voted NO on Res. 22 – 14 to deny our GMO law to go through the court process on appeal. By your vote you have taken a clear stand, not only against the voice of the people of Hawaii County but our right to our day in court.   This issue is about our right of Home Rule in standing up to powerful corporate interests.  Instead of standing with us, you have chosen to stand with money and power.  In short you have chosen to stand for corporate occupation of government, corporate occupation of our economy, our food and our future.  Instead of standing for aloha aina, and the vision and hopes expressed by all the people, especially the young people, who testified so eloquently today, you have chosen to stand for the short sighted profits of chemical warfare companies that don’t give a rip about the children and future of Hawaii County.  Greed is their game and poison is their name.

Shame on you Aaron Chung, Dennis Ohishi, Greggor Iligan, and Danny Paleka.  You disgrace yourselves, your families, your public office and the democratic process.

These are strong words but I want you to know that I never give up on anyone, including myself.  I believe in redemption, but Mama Aina, the living God, is telling all of us that we are pushing the limits.  Poisons in our air, water, soil, rising cancers, climate change, intense storms, etc. etc.  She is telling us in terms that are crystal clear: we better listen and change our ways.  Time is running short.

Jim Albertini

A Step Forward for a GMO-free Hawaii

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Today’s vote on Hawaii County Res. 22-14
Aaron Chung : No, Maile David: Yes, Val Poindexter: Yes, Greggor Iligan : No, Dennis Onishi : No, Danny Paleka : No, Karen Eoff : Yes, Margaret Wille : Yes, Dru Kanuha (chair): Yes….passed 5-4!!!!!!!!

Great news. I was very impressed with the testimony in support of Res 22.14 to appeal  Judge Barry Kurren’s decision against Hawaii County’s GMO ban law.

2014 Christmas Eve Candlelight Vigil for Peace in Hilo

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014





WHEN:  Wednesday,  December 24th, 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hwy 11, Hilo (between Ross and Walgreens)

Let’s overcome the holiday message of materialism and instead hold a light to its spiritual message of loving kindness, peace and good will to all.  Global, AND LOCAL suffering is increasing with on-going wars, poverty, and destruction of our environment. May the glow of our candles and our SILENT presence serve as testimony that a better way is possible. Let us strengthen our resolve to end suffering and dedicate our lives to caring for each other and working for justice, peace, and aloha ‘aina (love for the land), here in Hawaii and around the world.




If you can, please bring a peaceful sign and a wind-protected candle or lantern, and be prepared for a chance of rain.

  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 justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
    Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
    (808) 966-7622.  Email

My testimony: —– Re: Res. 22-14:

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Please ask County Council to defend our GMO bill. Send testimony today! And attend hearing Wed, 12/17, 9 am.
Email to :
My testimony:
Re: Res. 22-14:
Aloha Councilmembers,

I am writing to urge you to defend the Hawaii County law in court.

First and foremost, there is every reason to believe we will prevail in this case, and do so clearly and easily. Among other facts, there is no mention of GMO in state law, therefore it is indefensible to say that state law preempts counties from regulating GMO. This will not be a costly effort nor will it be difficult. For information on this opinion, see the Amicus brief filed on our behalf by Earthjustice, which explains this principle clearly.

Secondly, the democratically expressed will of the people must be defended. We cannot allow corporate interests to negate the laws that Hawaii County passes without even a fight to defend them.

Please stand up for the citizens of our island, for our right to home rule, a fair and open democracy, the protection of our island’s economy, and your power to be the rightful legislative arm of our government.

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email Visit us on the web at

REMINDER! ~ WED. Dec. 17th ~ SUPPORT County Reso 22-14. to appeal judges ruling against our GMO county ban

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
REMINDER! ~ WED. Dec. 17th ~

Support County Reso 22-14.  It will support our appeal of the judge’s ruling invalidating our GMO bill.

SUPPORT the Court APPEAL to reinstate of OUR GMO ban county law!!!

Please come if you can!

We’re going to need A LOT of people to show up!
This reso won’t pass UNLESS A LOT OF PEOPLE SHOW UP!!!
Please tell all of your  friends!
The Hawaii County Council will be deciding on Wednesday December 17th at 9am, West Hawai`i Civic Center – whether or not to appeal the ruling overturning our GMO Ordinance 13-121, which protected Hawaii Island from any new propagation of genetically engineered seed or open air testing.
Reso 22-14 will support our appeal of the judge’s ruling invalidating our GMO bill.
 * The Hawaii Center for Food Safety has started an online petition asking the Hawaii County Council to SUPPORT a motion to APPEAL Judge Kurren’s ruling which overturned Ordinance 13-121. This appeal is critical in getting this case heard by a higher court. Please sign and forward/share.
AND Show Up 12/17  To make your voice be heard… this reso won’t pass UNLESS A LOT OF PEOPLE SHOW UP!!! You can show up in Kona or at satellite office around the island
* Also, you can send email testimony to SUPPORT Reso 22-14
Please Note: ALL councilmember Addresses Have CHANGED.
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Jim Albertini