Archive for the ‘Sacred Mauna Kea’ Category

Pohakuloa article in Honolulu Civil Beat

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

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Military’s Live-Fire Training Ignites Resistance From Some Big Island Neighbors

Protect Sacred Mauna Kea

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018


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Here is testimony submitted by Jim Albertini.
Maunaa Kea Hearing Thursday, April 5, 2018
Spread the word please.
Establishes the Mauna Kea Management Authority and membership of the Authority. Establishes and specifies duties of the Mauna Kea candidate advisory council. Limits the number of telescopes that may be authorized on Mauna Kea. Authorizes the renegotiation of leases, subleases, easements, permits, an…
Our Malu ‘Aina organization is opposed to this cut and replace Mauna Kea Management 91 page Bill.  While it certainly is true that the University of Hawaii has mismanaged the mountain, this bill creating a new entity is headed in the same direction, even with a Native Hawaiian majority on the Board.  Why?
1. The sacredness of Mauna Kea is not recognized.  Sacred is Sacred.  No moneychangers in, or on, the Temple.
2.  It’s all about making money off of the Sacred Mauna.  I attended the Keaukaha presentation of Senator Kahele and listened for an hour and a half.  He didn’t mention the Mauna is sacred once in his entire presentation.  He did note the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, but then he went on talking business as usual under the illegal occupation.
In short, this bill simply puts a new wig on the same old colonial head. Or to put it another way — The focus is clearly to create a new cash cow by exploiting the most sacred site in all of Hawaii and Polynesia, instead of addressing the real justice and economic issues facing Hawaii’s people, especially Native Hawaiians –landless, homeless, imprisoned, poverty, etc. pushed into circumstances created by a racist system.of exploitation.
Needed Action Plan
1.  Respect the sacred.  Sacred is Sacred.  Period.
2.  End the illegal U.S. Occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom and recognize and respect Hawaii’s host people values over money.
3.  Hawaii’s economy has been based on exploitation through plantations, militarism and tourism.  Such an economy is killing Hawaii and its people and increasing the great divide between the haves and have nots.. A Science plantation on Mauna Kea is another example of exploitation.  Put the breaks on tourism and militarism, and a science plantation on Sacred Mauna Kea. Begin to restore a solid base economy by getting people on the land and growing food to feed Hawaii’s people.  Currently 90% of the food consumed in Hawaii is imported. 
Just putting more Hawaiians on a Board designed in a 91 page bill to exploit the Sacred Mauna is no real solution.  It’s similar to the following analogy: the forest was shrinking but the trees kept voting for the axe because its handle was made of wood and they thought it was one of them.
Ku Kia’i Mauna   –Guardians of the Mauna
Jim Albertini
Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action


Important! Testimony Needed Now!

Monday, February 5th, 2018
Testimony by Jim Albertini submitted

This HB 1565 is a travesty! It subverts any semblance of protecting people’s democratic input and undermines current land use regulations. It removes contested case process and fast tracks development for corporate interests. Such things as TMT, GMO, Geothermal, and runaway development in conservation and coastal areas. Kill this bill now!. Shame on the people who introduced such a bill. It’s a disgrace that citizens even have to submit testimony to uphold such basic hard fought basic rights regarding land use.

Jim Albertini, President, Malu ‘Aina center for Nonviolent Education & Action.

Pua Case

11 hrs

Aloha Mauna ʻOhana, we must kill this bill 1565. Hereʻs a sample testimony for you to reference. Call Cindy Evans, Jarrett Keohokalole today!!!!

HB 1565 should be TERMINATED

This proposed bill is a blatant special interest bill for the benefit of private entities and corporations with a clear disregard of Hawaii State Constitution Article I, Section 5 as well as other constitutional provisions and statutory laws. It is very evident that this bill is in response to the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory LLC’s attempt to circumvent the judicial and approval process for a project that intends to take control and use of public lands in an environmentally and culturally sensitive area within a conservation district on Mauna Kea. This bill would strip the State’s constitutional obligation to protect the public trust, natural resources, environmental rights as well as native Hawaiian customarily and tradition rights in which the State is compelled to protect as stipulated in the Hawaii State Constitution Article XI, Sections 1 & 9 and Article XII, Sections 4 & 7.
“There is so much wrong with this bill, that is should be TERMINATED due to the reasons noted below. It would allow private corporations to lease public lands “for nominal considerations and without auction” similar to a $1.00 a year that existing foreign and out-of-state telescopes on Mauna Kea are paying resulting in Hawai‘i’s taxpayers having to subsidize this type of science and technology development. Also, this bill proposes a “mediation agreement reached between the parties” which proposes a ‘FAKE’ and a ‘BOGUS” due process. If a proposed project is determined to cause substantial and adverse impacts, there should be mitigation provisions instead of mediation provisions with the developer. Most disturbing is that this bill would allow any of these proposed subzones to be exempt from the environmental review process as defined under Chapter 343 which is intended to protect Hawai‘i’s unique natural and cultural resources.”

January 20 March and Women’s Imua Event

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

January 20 March and Women’s Imua Event

I have been asked to share the info below on the Jan. 20 Hilo March — Stand Up for your Rights.– Please pass on to others.  Mahalo.

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 Visit us on the web at

You are invited to participate in our STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS march on January 20, 2018.

We will be meeting at Liliu’okalani Gardens, in the gardens across from the Hilo Bay Café.   The march starts at 11:00 a.m. so get there before 11:00. 

 Bring an umbrella.  Protect yourself from the sun. Bring water.

 A limited number of signs will be provided.  People are encouraged to bring their own signs.  Signs that express your concern about rights that have been lost or are likely to be lost under the Trump administration.  Rights such as: environmental protections, health care, social security, medicare, minority rights, DACA, etc.

 Participants are encouraged to car pool.  There is limited parking at and around Liliu’okalani Gardens.  There is also parking in the Wailoa River lot, by the Civic, by the King Kamehameha statue, and in the Hilo Bayfront lots. 

 Individuals who choose not to walk the entire route, from Liliu’okalani Gardens to Mo’oheau Band Stand, can join in from anywhere along the route. 

 This will be a peaceful event. We will march on the sidewalk on the makai side of the highway.   Crossing at Pauahi St will be controlled by march marshalls.

 The march will end at Mo’oheau Bandstand where the Hilo Women’s March organization, will be holding its civic engagement expo entitled “IMUA: Doing My Part” from noon to 3 P.M.

 Visit our Facebook page:  January 20, 2018 Hilo March!

 Thank you in advance for participating.

Please pass along this information to all of your friends and relatives.  Invite them to attend.


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125 Years of U.S. Occupation: U.S. OUT — Free Hawai’i Now!

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Please pass the word on this solidarity action for a Free Hawaii — “Hawaii Loa Ku like  kakou” — All Hawaii Stand Together.  Mahalo.


125 Years of U.S. Occupation 

      On January 17, 1893 a coup d’état was carried out against Queen Lili’uokalani and the Hawaiian Kingdom by foreign resident business interests with the assistance of U.S. Marines from the USS Boston. An illegal U.S. occupation of Hawai’i has continued ever since. Contrary to popular belief there never was a Treaty of Annexation. Commemoration ceremonies are scheduled on Jan. 17, 2018 in Honolulu at Iolani Palace. For more information see

      Today, occupied Hawai’i is home to more than 100 U.S. military installations, a runaway tourist industry and settler population that has turned Hawai’i into a playground for rich land speculators. Nearly 1 in every 2 households can’t cover basic needs.  Native Hawaiians (Kanaka Maoli), who make up 20% of the population, now make up the majority of homeless and 60% of the prison population in their own homeland. The sacred Kanaka Maoli temple — Mauna Kea, is being desecrated and vandalized by scientific development, and 90% of food consumed in Hawai’i is now imported to what was once a 100% food self sufficient society.

U.S. Out!  Free Hawai’i Now!

. 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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