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Take Action to Stop Training for War!

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Protect Pohakuloa!

Protect People, Plants & Animals on Land & Sea!

      The Army’s Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) has just completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) on “Managing Cultural resources.”  The document says “the general objectives of the cultural resources management program are to eliminate impacts to the military missions arising from cultural resources…” according to a front page article in the Nov. 11, 2017 Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Shouldn’t that be the other way around – eliminate impacts to cultural resources from military missions? Or do military missions trump all?

      Malu ‘Aina urges public meetings on Hawaii island for community feedback. The military PTA Public Affairs officer, Eric Hamilton, says such meetings are not required, therefore none are planned. His phone numbers are 969-1966 office, and 824-1474. For people off island dial 1-808 first. Email for Eric Hamilton

      Our overall demands are Stop All Live-Fire Training at PTA, Clean-Up of the military created toxic mess at PTA, including Depleted Uranium radiation contamination, and then Shut-Down PTA. Meanwhile, the military should provide access to cultural and religious sites in this sacred area “Pohakuloa—the Land of the Night of Long Prayer” and immediately stop further desecration of this sacred heavenly realm located between Mauna Loa and Mauna A Wakea. The public comment deadline for the EA is Dec. 7, 2017.

The 212-page Army environmental assessment can be found at

Comments can be emailed to or mailed to: Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii Environmental Division (IMHW-PWE) 947 Wright Ave., Wheeler Army Airfield Schofield Barracks, HI 96857-5013.

Stop Navy Bombing & Sonar!

      An article in the Nov. 11, 2017 Hawaii Tribune-Herald “Public Skeptical about Navy training plans” A-3 reported on the only public meeting held Nov. 9th on the Big island about the Navy’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) about Navy bombing and sonar plans in an around Hawaii and the west coast U.S. The public testimony went on for several hours with each testifier limited to 3 min. Every testimony was AGAINST Navy plans. No one spoke in support. No one believed the military claims of being “responsible stewards.” The Navy’s record speaks for itself –Pearl Harbor pollution and destruction of fish ponds, nuclear waste dumped in Hawaiian waters, massive fuel storage leaks, the bombing of Kaho’olawe, which is still a military mess after $400 million has been spent on clean up there. Former Navy bombing sites on Hawaii island are still in need of unexploded ordnance and other military toxin clean up.

      Malu ‘Aina encourages you to send in testimony urging the “No Action” Navy alternative. Enough already. Send in your testimony by Dec. 12, 2017 to The full Navy EIS can be downloaded at

Malama Honua – Take Care of the Earth!  No More War!

  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:

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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet Nov. 17, 2017– 843rd week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Valuable settler colonialism insight

Monday, November 13th, 2017


Hawaii’s BLNR, Mauna Kea And Settler Colonialism

Gov. Ige and Mayor Kim’s proposal for Mauna Kea Peace Park

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

You cannot bomb and desecrate your way to peace.  Speak out in support of Stopping the bombing of Pohakuloa and demand the military clean up its mess of unexploded ordnance and toxic stew of contamination, including Depleted Uranium Radiation.  Respect Mauna a Wakea  — the Hawaiian Sacred Temple by not building the proposed $1.4 billion dollar Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), the 14th telescope on Mauna a Wakea then we can begin dialog about a Peace Park possibly at the present Mauna Kea County Park or the 9000 foot visitors area.  A Peace Park must be built on a foundation of justice and respect for the Sacred.

Jim Albertini

BLNR Approves TMT –Again!

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Shame on the BLNR.  Always pushing Hawaiian religious beliefs and practices to the back burner, and putting money first.

Jim Albertini


Begin forwarded message:
From: “Dennison, Dan W” <>
Subject: DLNR News Release – Board of Land and Natural Resources Approves TMT Permit
Date: September 28, 2017 at 10:00:14 AM HST
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;







Sept. 28, 2017
5-2 Majority Adopts Hearing Officer’s Findings
HONOLULU – Recognizing its responsibility to strike a balance between native Hawaiian traditional and cultural practices and other stakeholders in the state, a 5-2 majority of the Hawai‘i Board of Land and Natural Resources (the Board) adopted today the recommendation of retired judge Riki May Amano to approve the application for a Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) to build the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT).
Board and DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “This was one of the most difficult decisions this Board has ever made. The members greatly respected and considered the concerns raised by those opposed to the construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope at the Mauna Kea Science Reserve.”
Supporters of the project testified during a contested case hearing and in oral arguments that Hawaiian culture and modern science can co-exist on the mountain. Construction of the TMT is expected to provide jobs for more than 100 people and at completion, permanent jobs for as many as 140 workers on the island of Hawai‘i. The consortium of research universities behind the TMT have provided $2.5 million for scholarships, classroom projects, and STEM grants every year since 2014. Under the CDUP, builders of the TMT must provide an additional one million dollars each year for college scholarships for native Hawaiians and other educational initiatives on Hawai‘i Island.
The Board adopted 43 conditions to the permit including Governor David Ige’s previously detailed “path forward” 10-point plan requiring the University of Hawai’i to decommission three existing telescopes, any future development to occur on existing sites, and the TMT site to be the last new site on Mauna Kea. Additional conditions include:
●          Design choices to mitigate visual and aesthetic effects
●          Waste minimization plan for hazardous & solid waste, including a zero discharge wastewater system
●          Cultural and natural resources training for workers
●          No impact to water resources under the public trust doctrine, Lake Waiau hydrology & water resources considerations
●          Educational exhibits, specific community outreach efforts and cultural observation days
●          Invasive species prevention and control
●          Continued public access and continuing consultations with cultural practitioners
●          Arthropod monitoring and Wekiu bug habitat restoration study
A copy of the preface to the Board’s Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision and Order is attached.
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(video courtesy: Hawai‘i DLNR)
HD video-Mauna Kea Science Reserve: (shot sheet attached)
Board’s Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision and Order:
Media Contact:
Dan Dennison
Senior Communications Manager
(808) 587-0407









Prayers and Chants in support of Mauna Kea Wed. Sept. 20th

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Pua case of the Mauna Kea ohana has announced Prayers and Chants in support of Mauna Kea Wed. Sept. 20th beginning at 7AM

On 9/13/2017 11:53 AM, Jim Albertini wrote:

Sign holding in support of Mauna Kea Protectors Wed. Sept. 20, 2017 Banyan Dr. 7:30-8:30AM

Land Board to Hear TMT Contested Case Oral Arguments

Below is a DLNR release about the TMT Contested case hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.  There will be a peaceful sign holding from 7:30-8:30 on the sidewalk along Banyan Dr, fronting the Naniloa Hotel prior to the BLNR hearing.  Please pass the word.  Come in a spirit of Kapu Aloha to support the Mauna Kea Protectors/Petitioners.  Bring a sign if can:  “Protect Mauna Kea, Sacred Before Dollars, Respect the Sacred, No TMT” etc.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini