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Where is the Pohakuloa Clean Up & Exit Plan?

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Aloha ‘Aina! Protect Pohakuloa!

                                                                                                                                                                 

     Military command officials of the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), located in the center of Hawaii Island, held meetings May 18 in Hilo and May 19 in Kona. These meetings were required under the National Historic Preservation Act concerning cultural, religious, and historic sites at PTA. Peace activist Jim Albertini said “the Hilo meeting was one of the most insulting I ever attended in my life.” The military turned away people at the door that had not sought prior permission to attend even though the notice sent out did not state that requirement.

     It is clear the military has no intention of seriously addressing questions that may restrict or stop their bombing plans, even on a base known to be contaminated with Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation. As for a question that the military address an exit plan for Pohakuloa with their lease expiring in 2029, it was very clear the military has no intention of leaving. That is how occupation works. How dare we raise that question and insist that the the entire area of Po-haku-loa –“the Land of the Night of Long Prayer” is sacred. From a spiritual perspective, Pohakuloa is viewed as the heavenly realm of unity between the three great mountains –Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai. This entire area should be designated an historic site of cultural and religious significance. To bomb such an area is desecration pure and simple! Auwe!

                                                                               

                   

Where is the Military Exit Plan?

  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.

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P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622. Email: ja@malu-aina.org

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Hilo Military meeting with community on National Historic Preservation Act concerning cultural, religious, and historic sites at the military Pohakuloa Training Area

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

This meeting was one of the most insulting I ever attended in my life. The military turned away people at the door that had not sought prior permission to attend even though the notice sent out did not state that requirement.  It is clear this is just a legal requirement for the military and they have no intention of seriously addressing questions that may restrict or stop their bombing plans, even on a base known to be contaminated with Depleted Uranium radiation.  As for a question that the military address an exit plan for Pohakuloa with their lease expiring in 2029, it was very clear the they have no intention of leaving.  That is how occupation works.  How dare we raise that question and insist that the the entire area of Po-haku-loa –“the Land of the Night of Long Prayer” is sacred.  It’s viewed as the heavenly realm of unity between the three great mountains –Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai.This entire area should be designated  an historic site of cultural and religious significance. To bomb such an area is desecration pure and simple!  Auwe!

Important info about Kona Friday Meeting on Pohakuloa

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Meeting 5:30-7:30 Friday, May 19th in the Kona Council Chambers about Protecting Pohakuloa cultural and religious sites.

 Anyone planning to go to the Kona Pohakuloa meeting  and wanting to speak needs to either email or phone Julie Taomia 436-4280 <julie.m.taomia.civ@mail.mil> ahead of time. Some people were not even allowed in to the Hilo meeting tonight. because they were not on a list. Ridiculous bureaucratic nonsense. We made a stink so they said they will allow anyone in as observers to the Kona meeting but to speak you need to contact Julie by phone or email ahead of time. They also try and restrict focus, but please speak from your hearts about what the bombing of the sacred aina, cultural and spiritual sites and area means to you. I presented the letter with over 40 signers on it and gave copies to all present. Mahalo and solidarity. Jim Albertini

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

What is Blowing in the Wind at Pohakuloa?

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Disorderly Conduct?

For a phone call to inform teachers and  parents that their school children may have been exposed to Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust at the April 20th Military Pohakuloa Earth Day event?  Since when is trying to protect children’s health and safety Disorderly Conduct? 

                                                                                                              

      A Disorderly Conduct complaint has been filed with police against peace activist, Jim Albertini, by Connections Public Charter School in Hilo. The complaint stems from Albertini calling the school on Friday, May 12th seeking email addresses for teachers who took their students to the April 20, 2017 Earth Day events at the 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area. Albertini said he wanted to get information to teachers and parents of students about the dangers of inhaling Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles possibly being dispersed by heavy artillery live-fire taking place at Pohakuloa on April 20. Hilo Police officer C Sugimoto informed Albertini that the Connections School Principal filed the complaint because “my phone call caused the school to feel ‘alarmed.’”

      Albertini said his organization, Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action, conducted radiation monitoring with an Inspector Plus monitor for several hours outside the Pohakuloa main gate on April 20. They recorded 8 readings in the 60s Counts Per Minute (CPM) and the highest reading of 74 CPM at 10:49AM. Normal background is in the 5-20 CPM range. The winds on the morning of April 20 at Pohakuloa were from the south, coming off the bombing range toward the base compound and main gate area where the Earth Day events were taking place. The winds increased as the morning went on.

      In his phone call and follow up email to Connections and other schools who had students join Pohakuloa Earth Day events, Albertini urged teachers and parents to view a short video https://vimeo.com/19153948?ref=fb-share&1 where Hawaii Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD explains in simple terms the health dangers of inhaling Depleted Uranium oxide dust. Dr. Pang has spent 24 years in the Army Medical Corps and is listed in America’s Best Doctors. Albertini offered to try and arrange a meeting of teachers, and parents of the children who attended Pohakuloa earth Day events with Dr. Pang if there was interest. An article in West Hawaii Today on April 21 by Laura Ruminski noted that besides Connections PCS, Kaumana Elementary, St. Joe’s, Honoka’a High School and possibly other schools had students who attended the April 20 Pohakuloa Earth Day events.

      Albertini said his efforts are to share concern for the health and safety of school children. He said that learning about the dangers of inhaling DU oxide dust particles may be “alarming,” but it hardly merits a “Disorderly Conduct” criminal complaint against the messenger. Albertini said he would be glad to do Ho’oponopono with Connections school principal and teachers if they would be willing. Albertini said “I believe strongly in the principles of Kapu Aloha and non-violence where the means we use must be in line with the end that we seek. If we truly want peace, we must be firmly committed to using peaceful means and treat all people with aloha and respect.”

 Are DU Oxide Particles Blowing in the DUst off Pohakuloa?

What kind of world are we creating for future generations?  Is the U.S. military exploiting children by hosting an “Earth Day” event while bombing the earth?

  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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