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From Charlottesville to Mauna Kea

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

U.S. Racism on Display

     Recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia put on full display blatant racism, hate, bigotry and violence by white nationalists carrying Nazi and Confederate flags. One person was killed and many injured when a white nationalist rammed his vehicle at high speed into a crowd of counter protesters.  President Trump, like many whites, is in denial about the great racial divide in the U.S.

     Donald Trump on Tuesday in a press conference at N.Y. Trump Tower, appeared to backslide from previous scripted comments condemning racism, hate and violence. Even David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, thanked Trump for his “honesty and courage” in his most recent comments. In short, Duke is grateful that Trump failed to condemn white supremacist terrorism.

     Trump really appears to be going over the edge. He has brought us to the brink of nuclear war. There is growing tensions with China, Russia and Iran. U.S./North Korea tensions remain high but appear to be on hold for the moment. Trump is now threatening military action with Venezuela. What next? Meanwhile, he is cutting environmental regulations meant to curb climate disaster. He is gutting public education, and going backwards in many other areas – immigration policies, health care, prisons, human rights, etc.

Racism in Hawaii!

     Hawaii’s Tourist industry likes to portray Hawaii as a melting pot – stir fry of people and cultures with a special emphasis on flavor – using Hawaiian culture to “sell Hawaii.” But look deeper and hard facts emerge. Hawaii’s host people, the Kanaka Maoli, are number one in very disturbing areas: poverty, homelessness, most imprisoned, health problems, shortest life expectancy, etc.

The true history of Hawaii is kept hidden. Hawaii is really an independent nation – the Hawaiian Kingdom, not the 50th state of the U.S. There has been no lawful government in the Hawaiian islands since 1893, when the U.S. military invaded and began a prolonged illegal occupation that continues to this day. There is no treaty of annexation of Hawaii to the U.S. It’s all a fraud, a house of cards.

     A striking example of racism in Hawaii concerns Kanaka Maoli’s spiritual/religious/faith beliefs and particularly Hawaii’s sacred mountain – Mauna Kea. Today, the summit area of Mauna Kea is dominated by 13 telescopes and there is major conflict over the proposed building of a fourteenth –the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) 18 stories tall. Many Kanaka Maoli are saying respect our most sacred site. Sacred is sacred. TMT is Too Many Telescopes. Here’s the point. Buddhists don’t try and dictate to Christians what should go on in their churches and cathedrals. Christians don’t try to dictate to Buddhists what goes on in their temples. But how come, Christians, Buddhists, etc. are trying to dictate to Kanaka Maoli what takes place on their most sacred mountain? I dare say, it’s arrogance of the worst kind, it’s dollars put before the sacred, and at it’s core – racism. It’s time to make things pono (right), from the bottom up and the top down. Respect the sacred! No TMT.

Stand with Kapu Aloha – Nonviolence!

  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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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 ja@malu-aina.org 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.

Taomia Julie M CIV USARMY IMCOM PACIFIC (US) <julie.m.taomia.civ@mail.mil>

 

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 ja@malu-aina.org visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org sign up on our website to automatically receive our posts

The Malu ‘Aina new (used) Van transformation

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

The Malu ‘Aina new (used 2003) Van transformation

"Wage Peace Not War" on both sides.  "Aloha 'Aina" on 
both sides, front and back.  Taro plants both sides.  
What do you think?
Artist Donna Grabow did the main work.  I did 2nd 
coat and touch up. 
Jim

We have lost a great activist –Moanikeala Akaka

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

We have lost a great activist –Moanikeala Akaka

     I just saw a post from Melissa Leina’ala Haa Moniz that Moanikeala Akaka died this morning  Sat. April 15, 2017 at 1:46 AM after a several month battle with cancer. We have lost a great activist and champion for justice, peace and the earth.  My sympathy goes out to her partner Tomas and family.  I last saw Moani only a couple weeks ago.  Her spirit was very strong but physically she was weak.  I had just come from a protest at Pohakuloa.  Moani was glad to hear about it and that the movement to protect both Mauna Kea and Pohakuloa continued to gain strength.  I was honored to be arrested with Moani and others on April 2, 2015 Protecting Mauna Kea.   We road the same paddy wagon to the Hilo jail after blocking TMT construction equipment from proceeding up the Mauna to desecrate the Sacred temple.  I first met Moani in 1970-71 in the Kalama Valley land struggle on Oahu.  Her vision and spirit for justice was a gift we all need to carry on.  Solidarity forever Moani.  You will be with us always.  Mahalo nui loa.

Jim Albertini

Protect Pohakuloa

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

PROTECT POHAKULOA

Stop Bombing Hawaii!

                                         

                                                                     Radiation symbol    

                                                                                                      radiation monitor at PTA showing 62 CPM

      On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 people gathered outside the main gates of the 133,000-acre Military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), located in the center of Hawaii Island to stand for peace and protect sacred lands from further military bombing desecration and contamination. The group of protectors carried signs, offered Hawaiian chants, sang and prayed, as howitzer shells exploded in the distance, sending dust clouds high into the air. They also conducted radiation monitoring.

      Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions have been used at Pohakuloa. The winds and continued use of high explosives can resuspend DU oxide dust particles which can then be inhaled. Dr. Lorrin Pang MD and retied Army Medical Corps, says “DU is an emitter of alpha radiation, the most dangerous form of radiation once it enters the body.” On March 29, 2017 protectors radiation monitors recorded spikes of radiation up to 70 CPM (counts per minute) outside the PTA main gate when normal background is 5 – 20CPM.

                                                                              

                                                                                                Some of the Protectors at Pohakuloa 

                                                                                                                    Howitzer explosion dust clouds

Join the effort to protect people, plants and animals, land, air, and water – from Mauna Kea, to Standing Rock, to Pohakuloa. It is all one. Malama Honua. Take care of Mother Earth and she will take care of us.

See video coverage here

See http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2017/03/30/video-gathering-to-protect-pohakuloa/

  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 March 31 2017– 810th week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office