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Global Solidarity Now!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

No More War!

Prevent Climate Disaster!

Save the Planet!

The U.S. Military is the single largest consumer oil and the largest emitter of CO2 in the world.

Here in the center of Hawaii Island is a 133,000-acre Toxic waste dump that includes lead, Depleted Uranium (DU) and a host of other pollutants. It’s known as the Military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA). And to make matters worse, the military is bombing the toxic waste dump. Are we inhaling military DU oxide dust? The bombing must be stopped and PTA shut down and cleaned up.

Join the Hilo Climate March and Rally or one near you. Stand in solidarity for justice, peace, and the earth.

Protect Pohakuloa!  Protect Mauna Kea!  Sacred is Sacred!

  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 April 28, 2017– 814th week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Koohan Paik’s letter on Pohakuloa Earth Day

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Pohakuloa “Earth Day” picket report

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Aloha kakou,

We had a spirited gathering at the Pohakuloa main gate from 8:30 to noon on April 20th to Protest the military Pohakuloa “Earth Day” fraud.  Activists from around the island were joined by about 30 or more Native activists from around the North Americans continent, including Alaska.  While Native people chanted for peace, and love for land and water,  the sounds of heavy artillery could be heard on Pohakuloa.

Below are a few radiation reading we picked up on Thursday, April 20 outside the Pohakuloa main gate.  The particular radiation monitor is a Radiation Alert Inspector. The winds on the morning of April 20th at Pohakuloa were coming from the south, off the impact range toward the base compound and main gate and increased as the morning went on..  Live fire was taking place, including what sounded like heavy howitzer fire, cluster bombs, machine gun fire, etc.

We monitored for several hours and had 8 readings in the 60s CPM and the highest reading of 74 CPM (counts per minute) at 10:49AM.  Normal background is 5-20 CPM.  Again I emphasize that for the military to be inviting hundreds of young school children onto the base under such circumstances is highly irresponsible.  I invited the editor of the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, David Bach, to publish these radiation readings along with my letter so the families of the school children know what was taking place on the day their children attended Pohakuloa “Earth Day.”

Jim Albertini

PS view Millicent Cummings photos of our gathering at Pohakuloa here.

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Below is a letter to the editor I submitted on April 11, which has yet to be published.  I visited the editor, David Bach today to complain.

Letter to the Editor

Pohakuloa:  Clean up your DU DU

Penelope Blair’s letter of 4/8 was critical of our efforts to Protect Pohakuloa.

The 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), which is 4-5 times the size of Kaho’olawe, is known to be contaminated with radioactive Depleted Uranium (DU), as well as other military toxins.  My particular concern is the inhalation of DU oxide alpha particles.   Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD, with 25 years experience in the Army Medical Corps, says inhalation of radiation alpha particles is “the most deadly form of radiation.”

In 2008, the Hawaii County Council by a vote of 8-1 passed resolution 639-08 which called for stopping all live-fire at Pohakuloa and clean up of the DU present.  Yet Military live-fire, involving millions of live rounds annually, continues and the DU has not been cleaned up.  In fact no comprehensive independent testing and monitoring has been done to determine the full extent of DU contamination.  Continued bombing can resuspend DU oxide dust particles which can be carried long distances by the winds.
Our organization has detected numerous elevated radiation readings around Pohakuloa, including Mauna Kea Park and the Saddle Road area.  Readings have been 3-4 times  background levels.  On April 20th Pohakuloa is hosting an “Earth Day” event 9AM-2PM.  The public , including school children, are being invited to attend.  Our organization would discourage pregnant women and young children from visiting  Pohakuloa.  I and others will be at the Pohakuloa main gate to say Earth Day is Every Day –Stop Bombing the Earth.  We invite Penelope  Blair to join us to do radiation monitoring and hold a sign for Aloha ‘Aina and for the military to clean up its DU DU.

Jim Albertini

Videos by Millicent Cummings at Pohakuloa Earth Day

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Aloha Everyone!

     Happy Earth Day!  I feel good about the activism of today…It’s interesting to me just how much time and trouble it has required of me to get these videos up.  I am definitely being watched.  Some have pictures but the Donald spoof and the Geiger Counter weren’t so lucky.  In any case…Good work today!  Bless Pohakuloa…Bless you all. Eo.  #protectpōhakuloa #stopbombinghawaii #demilitarizethepacific #alohaaina 



Earth Day at PTA Part 1
A short interview with Jim Albertini about the dire situation at Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawai’i “celebrating Earth Day during Live Fire Training, Open to…


Earth Day at PTA Part 2
Ku Ching on What is Earth Day at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawai’i 4-20-17 #protectpōhakuloa #stopbombinghawaii #demilitarizethepacific #alohaʻāina By millice…


Earth Day at PTA Part 3
Ruth Aloua calls for Justice at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawai’i 4-20-17 #protectpōhakuloa #stopbombinghawaii #demilitarizethepacific #alohaaina By Millicent…

Earth Day at PTA Part 4
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Earth Day at PTA Part 5


Revised Press Release on Pohakuloa Earth Day

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Press Release April 18, 2017

Re: Picket line planned at Pohakuloa Earth Day, Thursday, April 20, 2017

further contact: Jim Albertini 966-7622 email

      There will be a picket line beginning at 8:30AM fronting the Pohakuloa Training Area  main gate on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

     “The military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) where millions of live rounds are fired annually is having an “Earth Day” celebration on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 9AM-3PM.  Can you believe it?  “Such hypocrisy is hard to top.  It is an insult of the highest caliber and the military fires a lot of high caliber rounds annually at PTA –over 14 million live-rounds annually at last report” said Jim Albertini of Malu ‘Aina. “And that’s on top of decades of bombing and shelling at the 133,000-acre base loaded with a thick stew of military toxins, including lead, Depleted Uranium (DU), etc.”  Albertini said,  “Who knows what’s blowing in the wind from Pohakuloa around our island home and making it’s way into our island’s water.”

     Albertini said,  “Our organization advises that pregnant women and young children should not set foot on Pohakuloa due to the risk of inhaling DU oxide dust.   According to Hawaii resident, Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD with 25 years in the Army Medical Corps and listed in who’s who best doctors, inhaled DU oxide is “the most deadly form of radiation.”  The fact is that proper air monitoring has not been done to determine the full extent of DU oxide contamination at Pohakuloa. 

Albertini said the U.S. Department of Defense is actually the US Dept. of Offense — training to do to others what they have already done to the independent Nation of Hawaii –INVADE, CARRY OUT REGIME CHANGE, AND OCCUPY! The U.S. needs to Stop Bullying Korea, provoking war, and blaming Russia for nearly everything. I agree with film director Oliver Stone who said the U.S. “is the real threat to the world, not ISIS.”


Car pools will leave Hilo for Pohakuloa at 7:30 AM on Thursday, April 20th from the parking area at Komohana and Saddle Rd.

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Jim Albertini
Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
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