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Photo of ceremony Feb. 18, 2017 at Pu’uhuluhulu

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Feb. 18, 217 ceremony at Pu'u Huluhulu

photo by Donna Grabow

Prayers for Peace and the Healing of our Planet

Saturday, February 18th, 2017
Press Release on Protect Pohakuloa gathering held Sat. Feb. 18, 2017
further contact: Jim Albertini 966-7622 email ja@malu-aina.org 

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 Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org 

     Seventy people gathered Sat. morning at 10:30 at the Pu’uhuluhulu ahu at the intersection of Saddle Rd and Mauna Kea  Access Rd.  Ceremony and prayers were offered for the healing of our air, land, and water; for  Pohakuloa, Mauna Kea, Oak Flat and Standing Rock and wherever people are suffering.  Besides Native Hawaiian (Kanaka Maoli) and other local residents present, native healers from inner Mexico joined in solidarity. Kumu Kalani Flores from Waimea lead the gathering ceremony and many people offered prayers and offerings, including chants and songs.  Some of the ceremony was live-streamed to Oak Flat and Standing Rock.  Following a pot luck lunch, twenty six people journeyed to Pu’u Koli, the very center of the island, for further ceremony and prayers seeking peace, aloha and the healing of our lands.  Pu’u Koli is located on the southern boundary of Pohakuloa.  Live firing from Pohakuloa could be heard during the ceremony.

     Following the  ceremony at Pu’u Koli, a delegation attempted to deliver the letter below  to the Pohakuloa Base Commander, Christopher M. Marquez LTC via the PTA main gate. The letter was signed by more than 80 people.  PTA Police Lieutenant, G. Alexander refused to accept the letter for Commander Marquez and said it would have to be sent through the US mail which will be done.  The letter speaks for itself.  Mahalo to all who were part of this gathering and who signed the letter.

To Christopher M. Marquez, LTC
Commanding Officer US Army Garrison Pohakuloa Training Area
P.O. Box 4607 Hilo, Hawaii 96720-0607
Office phone 808-969-2407, cell 808-228-6598

Seeking PONO!

   We, the undersigned, are deeply offended by your repeated lack of good faith in responding to our Sept. 30, 2016 request, and several follow up requests, for religious access to the ahu at the base of Pu’u Ka Pele for ho’okupu and Makahiki ceremony.   We are also deeply offended by your failure, and that of other PTA commanders, to respond to questions submitted in writing about Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation contamination at PTA and other community concerns dating back to 2007, questions that were also presented to you in writing on Sept. 30, 2016.  Your repeated lack of good faith, and that of other PTA commanders,  hurts rather than improves military/community relations.

 

     We do not believe that you have the moral or legal right under the U.S. Constitution, and certainly not under Hawaiian Kingdom law, to prohibit religious practice and access to sacred sites at Pohakuloa.  The U.S. as an occupying power, has a legal duty to uphold Hawaiian Kingdom law and the right of religious practice and access under the law — Kanawai Mamala Hoe, which is also recognized in the Hawaii State Constitution.  Article 12, section 7 of the Hawaii State Constitution affirms the right of traditional religious practice. Religious practices are also protected by numerous international and human rights laws; too many to mention here and are cited in military manuals and handbooks that apply directly to military branches of the United States of America.

 

     Therefore, please immediately cease and desist from your illegal activities of blocking our right to religious practice and access. Please also know that we consider your ongoing  occupation and the bombing of Hawaii not only illegal, but the ultimate in religious desecration of our sacred ‘aina and we intend to hold you accountable.

 

For reply: Malu ‘Aina P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622. Email ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org
 

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 Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org
  
 

An important article for all activists

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Learning to See in the Dark Amid Catastrophe: An Interview With Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Systems theorist, Buddhist, deep ecologist, author, teacher and speaker Joanna Macy discusses the necessity of seeing and feeling the reality of everything that is happening today, difficult as that may be, in order to awaken our hearts and build toward a life-sustaining civilization.

Read the Interview 

We have a duty to act!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Our World in Peril!

Two Greatest Threats: Nuclear War & Climate Disaster

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     Recently, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that it moved its symbolic nuclear doomsday clock minute hand ahead thirty seconds to two and one-half minutes till midnight.  Midnight represents nuclear apocalypse. http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/01/27/2-12-minutes-midnight-our-world-peril Filmaker Regis Tremblay’s new film just released is entitled “Thirty Seconds to Midnight.” See the online version here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0bsrFyLz6U

     Potential nuclear war flash points are increasing: U.S. and NATO are pushing right up to Russia’s border with massive military exercises; U.S. has conflict with China over islands in the South China Sea; North Korean missile tests; and the U.S. putting Iran “On Notice” all threaten possible escalating wars going nuclear, either by accident or design. The unthinkable is again becoming thinkable. A nuclear war will end civilization as we know it.

     As for Climate disaster, just review some of the scientific headlines and articles of late The climate deniers are becoming fewer and fewer. The scientific evidence is overwhelming: Sea level rise will be worse and coming sooner. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-data-reveal-stunning-acceleration-of-sea-level-rise/ Climate catastrophe arctic ice melt https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/18/ice-scientists-arctic-ice-disappearing-reduce-emissions-peter-wadhams?CMP=twt_gu

      What are we to do? Get involved. Join with others in organized efforts. Speak up for peace, social justice, and the earth. Push to get nuclear weapons off hair trigger high alert. Support a UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons and their total elimination. End a new nuclear arms race before it ends us. Act to protect our sacred earth, from Mauna Kea, Pohakuloa, Standing Rock, etc. In the U.S. 54 cents out of every federal tax dollar goes to the war machine. And President Trump wants to increase military spending. There will never be enough money for human needs, fixing infrastructure and building a healthy planet as long as the military industrial complex rules.

     Nearly 50 years ago the Rev.. Martin Luther King, Jr. said the United States is “The Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World Today.” Historian William Blum puts it this way:“From 1945 to 2003, the United States attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements fighting against intolerable regimes. In the process, the US bombed some 25 countries, caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair.” – William Blum

     So what has changed? The U.S. is waging war, carrying out drone assassinations and Special Ops, and creating refugees in more countries than we know. Obama bombed 7 (or was it 8) countries and dropped more bombs than Bush. What will Trump do?

Think Globally, Act Locally!

     Join a Protect Pohakuloa planning meeting, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 in Hilo 6PM at the Church of the Holy Cross Youth Lounge, 400 West Lanikaula St. across from UH Hilo in preparation for a Protect Pohakuloa gathering beginning at 10:30 AM Saturday, February 18th. Meeting place is Pu’uhuluhulu ahu (Saddle Rd. and Mauna Kea Access Rd). Come in the spirit of Kapu Aloha and bring a ti leaf if you can. We will pule and stand together for peace and aloha ‘aina.

  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 Feb. 10, 2017– 803rd week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Malama Honua!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Protect the Earth!

And the rights of Muslim and other immigrants, refugees, women, minorities, the disabled, the poor, and all people in the interest of peace, justice, religious freedom, and saving the planet from climate disaster and war, including global nuclear destruction. Get involved and speak up Now!              

The survival of the planet depends on each one of us!

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     Stop the Wars!   Wars Produce Refugees!   

  Cut (Don’t Increase) Military Spending! 
                             Fund Human Needs!                                  

  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

Sign up on our website to receive our posts  http://www.malu-aina.org/

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet Feb. 3, 2017– 802nd week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office