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Important Public meetings in Hilo & Kona this week with the military concerning Protecting Pohakuloa

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The military is required by law — the National Historic Preservation Act to hold what are called 106 consultation meetings with the community in an attempt to develop a “programmatic agreement” concerning activities at federal locations that have historic sites.  This statement is about Pohakuloa.  There will be meetings coming up as noted below.  Please email Jim Albertini if you would like you name added to this statement to be delivered at the Hilo and or Kona meetings.  Attend or call in to the meetings if possible to add your own mana’o and please spread the word about the meetings and encouraging people to add their names to this joint statement.  Mahalo. Jim Albertini

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 Time: 5:30-7:30 pm Place: Aupuni Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 1, Hilo Call-in Line: 808-655-9988 Code: 0518# Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 Time: 5:30-7:30 pm Place: West Hawai’i Civic Center, Council Chambers, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona Call-in line: 808-655-9988 Code: 0519#


Aloha ‘Aina – Protect Pohakuloa


To Military officials, Julie Taomia, others listed and ccd in her May 11, 2017 email, county, state, and federal officials, news and social media.



Aloha Kakou,


  1. Mahalo for the invitation to the May 18 Hilo & May 19 Kona meetings but the short advanced notice of 1 week leaves little time for inviting others, arranging schedules, and preparing meaningful input. This is a good faith effort in that direction nevertheless. The last consultation meeting on Pohakuloa was Sept. 30, 2016 at Pohakuloa and no minute notes of that meeting have been posted to date. How Come?
  2. At the Sept. 2016 meeting a request was made in writing for religious ceremony access to the ahu built at the base of Pu’u Ka Pele during the coming Makahiki season from Nov. thru Feb. Numerous follow up requests were made as well. No access for religious ceremony was granted. How come?
  3. At a Dec. 19, 2016 meeting at PTA which we thought was going to be a day of religious access, we were told that a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) needed to be developed for access. We said whatever SOP was good for the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce recent site visits should be good for us. At that Dec. meeting those of us who came for religious ceremony signed a statement on the spot and hand delivered it to PTA Commander Lt. Col. Chris Marquez, which said: “Right of Religious Practice. We the undersigned do not recognize the U.S. military’s authority to prohibit religious access to Pohakuloa – the Land of the Night of Long Prayer. It is the right of the people to practice their religion by placing ho’okupu on the ahu at the base of Pu’u K Pele.” It is now 8 months since our written request for religious access and No SOP has been developed to date and access continues to be denied. How come?
  4. At the Dec. 19 meeting Julie Taomia said 1200 historic sites on PTA have been identified, since 1995 when the cultural section was established at PTA but less than 1/3 of PTA’s 133,000-acres have been surveyed for cultural and religious sites to date. How come?
  5. On several occasions we have asked for a list and map of the known sites, especially the religious sites. To date, nothing has been provided. How come?


    In light of the above we call for the following:


  1. That a timetable be developed for the complete survey of cultural and religious sites for the entire 133,000-acre PTA, and that local Hawaiian authorities, not out of state universities and people be utilized in this effort.
  2. The current list and details with maps of the 1200 known sites, including the 7 religious sites, be released immediately.
  3. A SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for access to religious sites be developed immediately. It is long overdue.


     Without such good faith efforts on behalf of PTA, there can be no moving forward on a possible programmatic agreement at PTA because people do not have the information relevant to consider moving forward.


     Furthermore, all PTA expansion plans being considered should be made public. In the email announcing this consultation meeting, the Army stated, “Consultation topics will be limited to relevant issues as time is limited.” Let’s be clear. It is not the role of the Army to silence the community or dictate the topics that are relevant and to be discussed. The purpose of the consultation is to identify potential harm to historic/cultural/religious sites, including broad cultural/religious landscapes that encompass Po-haku-loa – The Land of the Night of Long Prayer.” It is also the job of the Army to identify measures it can take to avoid the identified harms, or at least to minimize the harm. To really be comprehensive, the programmatic agreement needs to have a MILITARY EXIT PLAN, a plan to clean up all toxins, including Depleted Uranium, UXOs, etc. a plan to restore the area to its pre-military use environment, and funding for Native Hawaiian education, health care in perpetuity in partial compensation for the damage done. We need to learn from Kaho’olawe. Pohakuloa’s 133,000 acres is nearly Five Times the size of Kaho’olawe. This time we want a 100% commitment, (not a 10% commitment,) to clean up 100% of your mess.             It will be up to the Hawaiian people to determine when the job is done to their satisfaction not your satisfaction.


     Toward the long term goal of a demilitarized Hawaii, and the return of Hawaiian Kingdom Government and Crown lands, we specifically demand the following short-term issues be addressed:


  1. An assessment of the impact of past military training activities at Pohakuloa on cultural and religious sites – including the rubbish, UXO, and other toxins that have not been cleaned up in areas near identified known sites;
  2. That the entire Pohakuloa area –the Land of the Night of Long Prayer, the entire area known as the heavenly realm of unity between the three great mountains –Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai be designated as an historic site of cultural and religious significance. This area to include all cultural and religious sites – including Pu’u, Heiau identified from oral tradition, cultural and religious practice.
  3. Identify how the present training activities including, what is it now — 15 million live-rounds fired annually? What are the impacts to historic sites, cultural and religious resources and traditional practices? Also include the impact of 2000 or 3000 pound inert bombs dropped from 30,000 feet by B-52, B-1 and B-2 bombers flying non-stop from Guam, Missouri, Louisiana, and perhaps places unknown.
  4. The military needs to recognize the importance of access to cultural and religious sites. The time for lip service is over. Show you recognize the importance by opening access to sites for traditional cultural and religious practice NOW!


     Mahalo for your attention to these important concerns.


(Signature list in formation)


— Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 email visit us on the web at sign up on our website to automatically receive our posts

Hilo & Kona meetings with the military about Pohakuloa

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Please pass the word about the Hilo & Kona meetings with the military on Pohakuloa coming up May 18th Hilo and 19th in Kona.  See below for details.  Mahalo. Jim Albertini



I am pleased to announce that we will be holding another consultation meeting for the development of a programmatic agreement for routine military training on Hawai'i Island.  Two meetings are scheduled, one in Hilo and one in Kailua-Kona. We will continue discussion of routine military training, historic property identification, and potential effects to historic properties. We hope that you can join us at one of the venues or by calling in, as follows:

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Place: Aupuni Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 1, Hilo
Call-in Line: 808-655-9988   Code: 0518#

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Place: West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona  
Call-in line: 808-655-9988   Code: 0519#

Please note these are consultation meetings to fulfill the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act. Consultation topics will be limited
to relevant issues as time is limited. The parties on this email have expressed an interest in participating in this consultation.  New parties are welcome to join the consultation, but we will continue with the consultation and not start from the beginning. If I have inadvertently not included someone who should have been included, please share this information with them or provide me with their contact information so that I can forward this to them.



Dr. Julie M. Taomia
Cultural Resources Manager
US Army Garrison - Pohakuloa Hawaii
(808) 436-4280


Diplomacy Not War in Korea! Please sign and share petition widely

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Sign petition please and share widely– Pursue diplomacy, not war, with North Korea!

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March to save the Planet from Climate Disaster & War

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Sat. April 29, 2017 Mo’oheau Bandstand in Hilo 12-5PM.  Help carry banners and signs

Save the Planet!  Aloha ‘Aina!

No More War!

Prevent Climate Disaster!

The U.S. Military is the single largest consumer of oil and the largest emitter of CO2 in the world.

Here in the center of Hawaii Island is a 133,000-acre toxic waste dump that includes lead, Depleted Uranium (DU) and a host of other pollutants. It’s known as the Military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA). And to make matters worse, the military is bombing the toxic waste dump. Are we inhaling toxic military DU oxide dust? The bombing must be stopped and PTA shut down, cleaned up, and returned to the independent nation of Hawaii.

Hawaii’s Dr. Lorrin Pang. MD explains in simple terms the health dangers of inhaling depleted uranium dust in this short video.

Solidarity for Justice, Peace, and the Earth.

                             Besides Climate Disaster, the threat of nuclear war poses an imminent danger to the survival of life on planet earth.

Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Recent Threats of Nuclear War?

          “The current situation in Korea, Syria, and the U.S. surrounding Russia and China with bases is an extremely dangerous situation that increases the risk of nuclear war.  There is an urgent need for diplomacy not war.  Much of the world views the U.S. as the greatest threat to peace on the planet.  Why is it a provocation when Korea test fires a missile yesterday, but the U.S. test firing a missile 2 days ago is not?  I was taught we should not talk about the speck in another person’s eye and ignore the log in our own eye.” Jim Albertini

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