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Opposition to Hu Honua burning Eucalyptus Trees for energy project

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is taking email testimony till 5 pm tomorrow Wednesday the 21st of November.  Please send in testimony and pass the word.  Send testimony here cleanwaterbranch@doh.hawaii.gov

My written testimony is below.  I gave verbal testimony last week at the public hearing.

Dear DOH and Hu Honua officials,

Our organization is in total opposition to this dinosaur energy project Hu Honua — burning wood for energy in a place that has the best possible solar in the world.  In addition, it’s not simply burning wood, but involves a wide range of chemicals and massive amounts of wasting water that has enormous  implications for polluting our ocean and its sea life, and fresh water sources.  End this ridiculous project now, or at a minimum require a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study the wide range of environmental impacts that have yet to be seriously studied — impacts to air, land, water (fresh & ocean) and roadways from all the wood hauling.  It should also be noted that the project site is an old sugar mill likely contaminated with a wide range of toxins from sugar company days, including the heavy metal arsenic, which was used in herbicides by the plantations and widely contaminated the lands.

The DOH does not have a good record of standing for the community public health.  I recall years back on Oahu the DOH covered up the chemical heptachlor in milk to protect the dairy industry rather than protecting public health.  Heptachlor was a chemical used in the pineapple plantations and when the pineapple tops  cows, it started showing up in our milk.  In another case, the DOH did a poor job in policing Puna Geothermal Venture from harming the community.  I specifically remember a meeting back in the 1990s when then DOH director, Jack Lewin and his deputy (now DOH head) Bruce Anderson  had to leave a public meeting at Pahoa High School cafeteria under police escort, because the community was so outraged  about being poisoned by geothermal well leaks and blowouts and not protected by the DOH.  The history of geothermal in Hawaii has been a community disaster, forcing families to sell their homes and move away because out of fear of serious health impacts.  And of course there are a wide range of issues related to the DOH turning a blind eye to military environmental impacts — the nuclear pollution in Pearl harbor, the dumping of more than 2000 barrels of nuclear waste off Oahu’s southern shores from nuclear refueling operations at Peal Harbor, the extensive Depleted uranium (DU)  contamination on several islands from military training, and I could go on and on.

DON’T REPEAT MISTAKES OF THE PAST.   Stand up for public health. Put this dinosaur Hu Honua project out of business before it too causes irreversible harm to the communities of Hawaii.

— 
Jim Albertini, president
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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Military Special Ops Planned for all Hawaiian Islands

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Come on elected officials:  Stand up, speak up against military intrusion everywhere.  Stop this madness! The potential for panic and the potential for unintended violent clashes from frightened locals or tourists if they see someone (Special Ops enemy role player) with a gun at Mauna Kea Park playground, or elsewhere, should not be taken lightly.  Jim Albertini

Military Special Ops Planned for all Hawaiian Islands

Air, land, and sea, near shore waters and shorelinesEven in County Parks, and the slopes of Sacred Mauna Kea!

      Hawaii is one of, if not, the most densely militarized places on the planet. Now the military wants to expand beyond its more than 100 military installations, and conduct secret Special Operations throughout Hawaii.

      Here is the link to the Navy’s Draft Special Ops Environmental Assessment (EA)

https://www.navfac.navy.mil/navfac_worldwide/pacific/about_us/national-environmental-policy-act–nepa–information/environmental-assessments-availble-for-public-review.html

      The public is encouraged to review and provide comments on the Draft EA through Dec. 10, 2018. Comments can be submitted by email to NFPAC-Receive@navy.mil or by mail to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, Attention: Project Manager, EV21.JZ, 258 Makalapa Drive, Ste 100, Pearl Harbor, Hi 96860-3134

      Jim Albertini of Malu’Aina said this Special Ops Draft EA is directly related to another Navy 106 document about Navy Special Ops proposed training in and around Mauna Kea Recreation area on Saddle Road. It’s outrageous.  It appears the Navy now wants to expand operations and conduct armed covert Special Ops in our Mauna Kea county park and on the slopes of Mauna Kea above the park.  I say no way.  The military needs to clean up its toxic messes including unexploded ordnance, Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation contamination, etc. all over Hawaii not expand its training into our parks, shorelines, and on the slopes of Sacred Mauna Kea. A map from the EA shows shoreline areas for Big island Special Ops besides the land training proposed in and around Mauna Kea Park.

De-Militarize All Hawaii Now!

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Nov. 16, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 895th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Please Join the Hilo Friday Peace Vigil in the face of increasing threats

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Aloha fellow peacemakers,

      We need your help. There has been growing hostility expressed toward the few of us at the weekly Hilo Friday Peace Vigil.  I attribute this to Trump’s increasing climate of hate  toward asylum seekers, women, minorities, journalists, etc. etc.

     This is an appeal for joining the Friday Hilo Peace Vigil 3:30-5PM at the downtown Post Office if at all possible.  Come for 5 minutes, a half hour, or whatever time you can afford.  Bring a chair and sit in the shade if you like. There is strength and safety in numbers.

     The Hilo Peace vigil has been taking place every Friday for over 17 years, since 9-11.  Sign up on at www.malu-aina.org to receive the new weekly peace vigil leaflet and other posts. And please pass the word to join the vigil if at all possible.  Your solidarity is much appreciated.

Mahalo.

Jim
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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
email ja@malu-aina.org
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More on F-22 Raptors in Hilo

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

See Big Island Now report on F-22 Raptors in Hilo by Damon Tucker He has a 6 min interview with a Raptor pilot and several photos.

http://bigislandnow.com/2018/11/01/video-f-22-raptor-pilot-talks-about-being-in-hilo/#.W9vxunWyj7k.twitter

I posted this comment there on his site.

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I appreciate Damon including our letter about Hilo airport police attempting to block our free speech rights to peaceful dissent at the F-22 Raptor public tours. His presence as a media person with a camera was very important. Mahalo Damen. Just 3 points on the interview with one of the pilots. The pilot said the planes were here in Hilo “TO SPREAD ALOHA.” I found that a very strange statement. Sen. Kai Kahele called these planes “the most lethal stealth aircraft.” No aloha there. Another point. The pilot said the cost of the planes was $125 million each. According to Wikipedia, the actual cost is $412 million each and the cost to fly these planes is $68,000 per hour. That’s a lot of cash that could go to human needs like feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, medical care, etc. A final point is this week across the US people are mourning mass gun violence deaths and the mailing of pipe bombs to numerous people. It seems very odd to me to host public tours in Hilo of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) as people mourn mass killings. I think we need to ask ourselves if we are all part of glorifying violence and war and the desecration of the earth? I believe we need more genuine aloha in our world. Mahalo for considering.

 

Hilo Airport Police try to block Free Speech protest of Military F-22 Raptor public tours.

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Press Release Nov. 1, 2018

Malu ‘Aina Center for Nonviolent Education & Action 966-7622 ja@malu-aina.org Contact Jim Albertini

Raptor 5 stand strong for right of Free Speech!

“Hilo Airport Police on Thursday, Nov. 1st tried to block Free Speech protest of Military F-22 Raptor public tours at Hilo airport.  Each of the 4 F-22s on display cost $412 million and $68,000 per hour of flight time.    The protesters were saying such money should be used to feed the hungry, house the homeless, and help provide health care instead of building what they labelled “False Gods of Metal,” said Jim Albertini of Malu ‘Aina.

 Albertini said “the Airport police tried unsuccessfully to block five peaceful protesters from holding signs and offering informational leaflets to members of the public attending public tours of F-22 Raptors.”

Albertini said “Hilo Airport Police officers Courtney Bello and G. Roque showed no respect for citizens first amendment rights to free-speech at the Public tour event of the F-22 Raptors.”  Albertini said “the officers physically tried to grab leaflets being offered to the public and told us to go out to Highway 11 to protest.” Albertini said he asserted his right to free speech because the public was invited to the tours of the F-22s at Hilo airport and the protesters were part of the public exercising their right to peacefully dissent by holding signs and offering informational flyers, the same thing the military was doing.”  Albertini said, “finally a supervisor, Grace Castillo, arrived on scene and after conversation by phone with her boss, the police backed off and stopped their interference in the first amendment rights of citizens.”  Albertini said ” Damen Tucker Hawaii News filmed much of the exchange with the police and I hope he will put it on his blog. ”

Albertini said, “the five peaceful protesters then were able to peacefully picket the military F-22 event and offer leaflets to the public without any further problems from the police.”

Besides Albertini, the others were Kahu Ron Fujiyoshi, Danny Li, Donna Grabow and Stephen Paulmier.