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Appeal for peace movement renewed energy! Join the weekly vigil

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Aloha Peace Ohana,

Please join the Friday Hilo Peace Vigil 3:30-5PM at the downtown Post Office

This is a very critical time for exercising a voice for peace. Please consider joining the Friday Hilo peace vigil at the downtown Federal Building (Post Office) held from 3:30-5PM every Friday.  Come for a few minutes or the entire vigil.  Senior citizens bring a chair to sit in the shade.  Be sure to sign up on the Malu ‘Aina website (www.malu-aina.org) to receive our new weekly Peace leaflet.  This week’s leaflet is below.  Support for the Iran Nuclear Agreement is needed to counter a right wing push to defeat it.  With actions in the Ukraine and elsewhere, the U.S. is clearly trying to destabilize (regime change) Russia and the military escalation (pivot in the pacific) with new bases at Jeju Island in Korea, etc. is aimed squarely at China.  Not to mention the increasing chaos in the mideast with U.S. military actions taking place in several countries and the ongoing military contamination mess right here at Pohakuloa.

With the increasing threat of nuclear war due to global instability and the increasing catastrophic consequences of climate disaster, there is a need for a voice for justice, peace, and the earth like never before.  Please join in this effort and find a way to speak out.

Mahalo and solidarity.
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 ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org

U.S. Military Arrogance is Hard to Top!

Army wants Categorical Exclusion from Radiation Monitoring

and Clean Up at Military Sites

      The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently announced that the Army wants a “Categorical Exclusion” (CATX) to the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements for its use of Depleted Uranium (DU) on military bases, including Pohakuloa and other sites in Hawaii. In short, the military does not want to do any air, water, or soil sampling or monitoring to determine the full extent of the radiation contamination, nor does it want to do any clean up. In fact it wants to continue to conduct high explosive training (bombing, shelling, etc.) in areas known to be contaminated.  Such blatant disregard for the health and safety of its own troops and the surrounding civilian residential communities, and visitors to Hawaii, is hard to top.

      DU was first used in Hawaii beginning in the early 1960s with a spotting round for the nuclear weapons system known as “Davy Crockett.” More than 2000 DU spotting rounds may have been fired at Pohakuloa alone. Others were fired at Schofield Barracks, and possibly Makua Valley on Oahu. The U.S. also fired Davy Crockett DU spotting rounds in 13 other states and 3 foreign countries. Today DU is used in a wide variety of weapons for armor piercing and bunker busting. It was used by the U.S. in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and possibly other countries. It results in radiation contamination that is long lived. DU has a half life of 4.5 billion years. It’s health hazard is mainly from inhalation of small dust particles that can lodge in the lungs and get into the lymph system causing cancer and other health problems.

      In 2008 the Hawaii County Council passed resolution 639-08 by a vote of 8 to 1 which called for stopping all live fire at Pohakuloa and clean up of the DU present at Pohakuloa. The military has ignored the Council’s voice. State and Congressional legislators have done little or nothing to take on this issue to protect public health. So it’s business as usual.

      Clarence Kūkauakahi Ching and Mary Maxine Kahaulelio have filed suit against the State of Hawaii for it’s failure to protect public trust lands leased to the military at Pohakuloa, The case is pending and the military is trying to renegotiate a long term lease of lands at Pohakuloa beyond the current lease expiration of 2029. In total, the military controls 133,000-acres of land at Pohakuloa and fires upwards of 14 million live rounds annually there according to military documents.

      It’s time for action at all levels –grassroots people power, county, state and federal, to stop the bombing. Enough is enough. No more destruction and desecration. Cancel the military lease. Military clean-up not build up needs to happen. Return the land to the Hawaiian people and the Hawaii nation.

Aloha ‘Aina! Stop the Bombing!

For Justice, Peace, and the Planet!

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4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Aug. 28, 2015 – 727th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Aug. 21, 2015 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on standing firm

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Aloha ‘Aina!

For Justice, Peace,

and the Planet!
standing firm

Respect the Sacred!

Protect Mauna Kea & Pohakuloa!

No TMT! Stop the Bombing!

Live Aloha!

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. 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 (Aug. 21, 2015 – 726th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Testimony on Pohakuloa to State Land Board

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

testimony on  Item D.7 on the August 14, 2015, BLNR agenda
lawsuit Ching v. Case on Pohakuloa

Aloha DLNR Board Memebers,

* The military has caused too much damage to ceded lands – whether at Kaho`olawe, Mākua, Waikāne, or Pōhakuloa.
More than 10 years ago our organization put out a map of present and former military sites on Hawaii Island that we have been able to document.  We named 57 present and former military sites used for bombing, artillery, live-fire ranges, etc. There may be 157 sites but we have documented 57.  The total area, including Pohakuloa, is more than 400 square miles or 250,000 acres.  That’s 9 Kaho’olawes in size on this island that should be considered military hazard areas.  In addition to the land areas there are near shore waters that have unexploded ordnance including Hapuna beach, Hilo Bay, Leleiwi, South Point, Kapoho, etc. sites in virtually every district on the Big Island.
* The military has not been complying with its lease requirements to clean up military debris at Pōhakuloa.
By far the largest concentration of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and other military toxins including lead, exists at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA).  Official Maps of PTA include the words “All of PTA should be considered a dud hazard area.” This statement reflects the fact that although the military has a designated “impact area” virtually the entire base, and even outside the base, should be considered a dud hazard area.  How much UXO exists is unknown.  However an EIS done in conjunction with the Stryker brigade said that up to14.8 million live rounds are fired annually at PTA.  Everything from small arms, artillery, to large bombs.  The total number of live rounds fired at Pohakuloa is unknown but it is possible it is in the hundreds of millions.  It’s been a live fire base for more than 50 years.

 

* The State should not extend the lease that expires in 2029.
Kaho’olawe is a case study. of a mess that still needs to be cleaned up.  More than $400 million has been spent and there is still a mess on land and the surrounding waters.   The BLNR should not renew the PTA lease and should require the military to secure funding NOW to clean up it’s mess.  The cost is likely to be in the tens of BILLIONS of DOLLARS

* Ceded lands should be returned and cared for – not given to the military to trash.
Furthermore the BLNR should move to revoke the presidential and Governor executive orders seizing over 80,000 acres at Pohakuloa. This land needs to be cleaned and returned to the Hawaiian people as well as leased lands.

* Specific hazards and costly clean up of Depleted Uranium (DU)
Besides UXO of a wide variety of weapons, lead, various chemicals, and the toxic unlined burn pit at PTA where all sorts of munitions, etc. were burned needs to be addressed.  In addition, perhaps one of the biggest hazards if that of Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions confirmed used at PTA.  Testimony presented by Army Col. Howard Killian in 2008 before the Hawaii County Council indicated that upwards of 2000 DU Davy Crockett spotting rounds may have been used at PTA.  With the exception of a few small fragments, all that DU is unaccounted for and is MIA ( Missing in Action).  One can presume it has been pulverized by continued bombing and shelling and spread across the landscape on and off base at PTA.  Davy Crockett is just one of possibly dozens of DU spotting rounds or DU munitions that may have been used at PTA.  The Army says that DU was only prohibited from being used in training in 1996.  Since it was first confirmed used at PTA in 1964 that’s over 30 years of possible use.   The major health hazard of DU is from inhalation of small airborne particles that can lodge in the lungs or enter the lymph system and cause a wide variety of health problems including cancer. The BLNR should require thorough independent testing and monitoring for DU on leased lands at PTA and require thorough clean up of DU and other military toxins at PTA.

Mahalo for your consideration.
Jim Albertini
Aug. 11, 2015


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 ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org

Pohakuloa lease issues on BLRN agenda

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Item D.7 on the August 14, 2015, BLNR agenda
kuulei.n.moses@hawaii.gov

Dear Land Board,

This is a supplement to my previous testimony in support of the lawsuit by Ku Ching and Maxine Kahaulelio.  Attached are copies of the map (2 pages) of 57 known military sites on Hawaii Island that should be considered military hazard areas and in need of clean up.  The last thing we need is for the BLNR to extend the lease at Pohakuloa to the military. Don’t extend the military lease at Pohakuloa.  Cancel the existing lease and make the military clean up its rubbish, not do a partial job like on Kaho’olawe and all their other sites.  Make the military clean up not only Pohakuloa, but all other crown and government lands held in trust that they have trashed including the site in the Waiakea Forest reserve (Hilo’s water shed) where the military tested some of the most toxic chemical and biological agents in the US arsenal including deadly Sarin nerve gas –1/50 of a drop kills you.  There are reports from hunters that even after 50 years there are areas where nothing grows as a result of military testing. And there are reports of rusting barrels of the chemical agents left in the area. The military has never been held accountable by the BLNR that leased those public trust lands to the military.  No clean up. No damages, etc. Now even spreading Depleted Uranium radiation around Pohakuloa.  No accountability.  Auwe!

Jim Albertini

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Testimony needed on Pohakuloa lease

Monday, August 10th, 2015
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POHAKULOfA – DLNR discusses possible settlement of Ching vs. Case (“state” leases) – Friday, August 14 Honolulu – TESTIMONY NEEDED

NOTICE:

D7.  Discussion with the Department of the Attorney General regarding the status of Ching v. Case, et al., CIVIL NO. 14-1-1085-04 GWBC that relates to GL S 3849, Kaohe, Hamakua and Puuanahulu, North Kona, Hawaii, Tax Map Keys: (3)4-4-015:008, (3)4-4-016:005, and (3)7-1-004:007.

The Board will go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 925(a)(4), Hawaii Revised Statutes, in order to consult with its attorney on questions and issues pertaining to the Board’s powers, duties, privileges, immunities and liabilities and to engage in attorney-client communications.  (No Staff Submittal)
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Tell the BLNR how you feel about what has been going on at Pōhakuloa.

 

On Friday, August 14, the BLNR will be meeting at its board room in Honolulu (1151 Punchbowl) to discuss the lawsuit Ching v. Case. That lawsuit alleges that the DLNR breached its public trust duties by failing to ensure that the military complies with the terms of its lease with the state. The lease requires that the military clean up ordnance and other military debris. There is abundant evidence that the military has not complied. Yet, state officials want to extend the lease beyond its 2029 expiration date. The testimony of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation and related documents are attached to this email.

 

The public has the right to testify on BLNR agenda item D7 – even though the BLNR will go into executive session to discuss it. HRS § 92-3.

 

BLNR meetings are unpredictable. They start at 9:00 a.m., but you can never be sure what time your agenda item will be discussed. Discussion could start as early as 9, or as late as 3.

 

* The military has caused too much damage to ceded lands – whether at Kaho`olawe, Mākua, Waikāne, or Pōhakuloa.

 

* The military has not been complying with its lease requirements to clean up military debris at Pōhakuloa.

 

* The State should not extend the lease that expires in 2029.

 

* Ceded lands should be returned and cared for – not given to the military to trash.

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Submit written testimony on Item D.7 on the August 14, 2015, BLNR agenda at least by Thursday 8/13 at 9am (needs to be 24 hours in advance). You can email DLNR administrator Ku`ulei Moses at: kuulei.n.moses@hawaii.gov. And if you want to attend the meeting, show at Kalanimoku Building, Land Board Conference Room 132, 1151 Punchbowl St. Honolulu, as early as 9:00 AM (or earlier if you want to sign up for public testimony).