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April 18, 2019 Radiation Monitoring at PTA

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Readings outside the main gate 64 counts per minute.  Wind gusts 30mph coming from the east.

Holy Thursday protest outside the Military Pohakuloa Training Area in the center of Hawaii Island

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Holy Thursday

Here’s a photo from April 18, 2019 protest outside Pohakuloa Training Area during the military’s Earth Week Open House where they encourage school visits to the 133,000-acre live-fire base.  More than 2 dozen people joined the protest. Sadly lots of very young school children entered the base and were at risk of inhaling Depleted Uranium oxide dust particles. The winds were strong with gusts over 30mph.

leaflet for for distribution April 18, 2019 at Pohakuloa

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

“Experience Pohakuloa Day”

On April 18, 2019 the military is inviting school children and the public to Pohakuloa for “Experience Pohakuloa Day” Open House activities. It is “Earth Day” in disguise hypocrisy?

Pohakuloa Depleted Uranium (DU) Threat

      The 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) is contaminated with Depleted Uranium (DU), lead, and a host of other military toxins from more than 75 years of military live-fire training. More than 14 million live-rounds are fired annually at PTA from a wide variety of weapon systems by all branches of the military. Even global strike B-52, B-1 and B-2 strategic bombers have flown non stop from Louisiana, Missouri, and Guam to bomb Pohakuloa as practice for nuclear war.

      The inhalation of Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles are “the most deadly form of radiation.” This is according to Hawaii resident, Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD, listed in the who’s who best doctors, and retired from 24 years in the Army Medical Corp. (See 3 min video Pohakuloa DU Oxides and Birth Defects ) If anyone inhales DU oxide particles those particles can remain in your body for decades causing a wide range of problems including various forms of cancer, and genetic damage to future generations. 

      Let’s be clear. DU metal on the ground at Pohakuloa does not pose a serious health threat. But if that metal has been hit with high explosives it burns and turns the metal into DU oxide dust particles which can be carried long distances in the wind. No comprehensive, independent testing and monitoring has been done to determine the full extent of DU contamination at Pohakuloa and what might be coming off the base. The U.S. has spent $32 million dollars every hour of every day since 2001 on war, but has failed to provided the necessary funds to do comprehensive, independent testing for DU that has the confidence of the community. Priorities need to change. Wage Peace. Protect ‘Aina. Protect Youth. Protect Sacred Pohakuloa – the land of the night of long prayer.

     DU was first used by the military at Pohakuloa in the early 1960s fired into the 57,000-acre impact area. That impact area has been subjected to decades of high explosives bombing ever since.

Are We Inhaling DU Oxide Dust?

Malama Honua! Don’t Bomb the ‘Aina!

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Short 3min video on dangers of inhaling Depleted Uranium DU oxide particles

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Short 3 min video on dangers of inhaling Depleted Uranium DU oxide particles by Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD

Palm Sunday Bombing at Pohakuloa after Breakfast of “Champions”

Monday, April 15th, 2019
Nancy Cook Lauer PTA showcases live-fire exercises. The bass booms of heavy artillery echoed through the region Sunday morning as plumes of smoke spiraled into the blue skies along the slope of Mauna Loa.…/pta-showcases-live…/