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Malu Aina Annual Christmas Appeal

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Annual Christmas Appeal    

Dear Friends,                                                                                                                           December 2019                                                                                                                                                                         

       Once a year we write to ask for your help to sustain the work of Malu ‘Aina for justice, peace and a living planet.  This year is extra special.  It marks the 40th anniversary of our founding, and the name Malu ‘Aina given by Bernard Punikai’a of Hale Mohalu and Kalaupapa.  For 40 years we have survived as an all volunteer organization and have been very grateful for your donations of support that have made that possible.  From the start we decided not to seek foundation money, corporate money, or government grants to maintain our independence and critical voice on important issues.

      A donation of 21 acres of land from a friend was the seed to start Malu ‘Aina.  Our vision was to start small and stay small, to be a kipuka of resistance, a base rooted in the principle of nonviolence, to learn and share sustainability skills to grow food, build simple structures, live off the grid, and organize for justice, peace and protecting the earth.  We started living in tents, catching rain water and clearing old sugar cane land by hand to plant fruits and vegetables.

      Over time we have built several small structures, still live off the electric grid and use rainwater catchment, planted more than 100 fruit trees and a wide variety of food crops to feed people.  We have served as an emergency food pantry for over 30 years, helping thousands, conducted 948 consecutive weeks and counting of a Hilo Peace vigil at the downtown Post office/Federal Building , writing a new leaflet each week for distribution on the street corner and via the internet, and available on our website  We continue efforts to stop the bombing and demilitarize Pohakuloa and all Hawaii, and to protect Sacred Mauna Kea from further desecration.  Protecting Mauna Kea is a direct connection to protecting the planet from climate catastrophe.  It all starts with respecting native people’s cultural and religious beliefs and practices.  It means protecting the Sacred.  Sacred before dollars!

     After 40 years, Malu ‘Aina is in transition to a new generation of leadership.  Hopefully, with your continued financial support and solidarity, and the volunteer helping hands of many, the vision of Malu ‘Aina will be carried forward for generations to come.  What is most important is the spirit and mission — to stand in the spirit of nonviolence — Kapu Aloha, and work for a Hawaii and world rooted in justice, peace, and protecting the sacred – mauka to makai –from the mountains to the sea.  Mahalo to all of you for your financial support and helping hands of solidarity in this journey of 40 years and beyond.

With gratitude and aloha,

Jim Albertini


Donations are tax deductible if checks are made to Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 ‘Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760.  A Pay Pal account (Donate button) has also been set up on our webpage as another convenient way to make donations.  On the website, please click “Subscribe” to receive the Malu ‘Aina weekly peace leaflet and other posts or send me an email with a request.  You can also reach us by phone (808) 966-7622.  Mahalo.

Ongoing Military Desecration of Aina at Pohakuloa and increasing war tensions with China & Russia

Saturday, November 30th, 2019

Ongoing Military Desecration of Aina at Pohakuloa and increasing war tensions with China & Russia. Very dangerous times.  And RIMPAC 2020 is coming, where dozens of countries besides the US  use Hawaii for target practice. Enough already!  Stop the madness.  Stop the bombing!

Jim Albertini

Military conducts live-fire coordination, interoperability training on Hawaii island

                  ARMY A mortarman with the 25th Infantry Division loads
                  a round during a fire support coordination exercise on
                  Nov. 19 at Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii island.


    A mortarman with the 25th Infantry Division loads a round during a fire support coordination exercise on Nov. 19 at Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii island.

                  ARMY Helicopters from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade
                  at Wheeler Army Airfield created a convoy in the sky
                  for a “fire support coordination exercise” held Nov.
                  12-21 at Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii island.


    Helicopters from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade at Wheeler Army Airfield created a convoy in the sky for a “fire support coordination exercise” held Nov. 12-21 at Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii island.

                  AIR FORCE A B-52 Stratofortress that participated in
                  the Hawaii exercise on Nov. 19 is parked at Andersen
                  Air Force Base on Guam.


    A B-52 Stratofortress that participated in the Hawaii exercise on Nov. 19 is parked at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam.

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Interoperability training among the nation’s armed forces is occurring in Hawaii on an unprecedented scale — and China is the reason, defense experts say.

In the most recent example, two Air Force B-52 bombers, more than 1,500 Schofield Barracks soldiers, at least 30 Army helicopters and Arkansas-based C-130 cargo carriers deployed to Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii island for a 10-day “fire support coordination exercise.”

“Being able to practice close-air support with B-52 bombers dropping over 15,000 pounds of high explosives while running alongside our Army brethren in a company movement with (helicopter) attack aviation to the left and active artillery to the right, provided numerous lessons,” Capt. Austin Hairfield, with the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron, said in an Air Force news release.

The growing training complexity is needed to deter or win a war against a rapidly advancing China, military officials say.

In February nine Air Force A-10 attack jets and two B-52 bombers trained with Army, Navy and Marine Corps forces — including Marine MV-22 tilt-rotor Ospreys and AH-1Z Viper helicopters — at Pohakuloa and Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay.

The 19-1/2-hour flight by the B-52s from Andersen Air Force Base on Guam to Hawaii and back to Guam for the more recent mid- November live-fire training at Pohakuloa required air-refueling from KC-135 Stratotankers for the 8,000-mile round trip, the Air Force said.

B-52s have flown from Guam to Hawaii in the past — sending a capability message to China in the process — but now it’s with the understanding that a highly coordinated U.S. effort would be needed to counter the rising Asian nation’s formidable military .

“It’s all about China,” said Dan Goure, a defense expert with the Lexington Institute, a nonprofit public-policy research group in Arlington, Va. “It’s about concepts for future conflict with China — which is going to require all-in from the United States military.”

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy noted at an Association of the U.S. Army conference in October that the war in Afghanistan began 18 years ago. As the United States focused on low-tech counterinsurgency, “all the while, Russia and China are investing billions to rapidly modernize their armies,” eroding U.S. overmatch, McCarthy said.


Chinese long-range missiles now pose significant threats to U.S. bases, aircraft and ships and have “changed the equation out here in the Pacific,” Gen. Robert Brown, head of U.S. Army Pacific, said in September shortly before stepping down from the post.

Ten or 15 years ago the Air Force and the Navy probably could have handled a South China Sea or East China Sea conflict without needing too much help from the Army and Marines, Brown said previously.

“And now they can’t. They just can’t. And they know that, and it’s forcing us to work together,” Brown said.

That process is occurring — slowly — with traditional service rivalries prevailing. But greater cooperation is happening.

New Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger, who was in charge of Marine Corps Forces Pacific in Hawaii from 2016 to 2018, laid out a vision in July of greater cooperation with the Navy in his “Commandant’s Planning Guidance.”

One form of naval support could come from Marine Corps High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, truck-mounted batteries moved to islands in the Western Pacific and armed with long-range anti-ship missiles. F-35B short-takeoff stealth jets will be able to operate from ships and shore.

The III Marine Expeditionary Force headquartered in Okinawa, Japan, “will become our main focus of effort,” Berger said in the report.

The Corps “cannot afford” to build multiple forces for the Arctic, urban operations or desert warfare, he said. “We will build one force — optimized for naval expeditionary warfare in contested spaces,” Berger wrote.

Berger also described what’s not possible anymore with Chinese missile advances.

“Visions of a massed naval armada nine nautical miles off-shore in the South China Sea preparing to launch the landing force” in swarms of landing craft “are impractical and unreasonable,” he said.

U.S. forces will have to move rapidly from point to point to point — to avoid being targeted.

For the Nov. 12-21 fire coordination exercise, Schofield soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team were transported to Pohakuloa via four CH-47 Chinook and 16 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Ten AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and five Black Hawks participated in the training and gunnery portions.

“No other brigade in the Army in recent history has planned and executed an exercise where tactical-level commanders control and coordinate assets that range from Air Force B-52s (to) Black Hawks and Apaches, artillery and mortars,” said Maj. Leah Ganoni, a spokeswoman for the 2nd Brigade.

During the exercise, Pacific Air Forces conducted its first laser “spot track” between an Army RQ-7B Shadow drone and a B-52 targeting pod.

“This training definitely demonstrates our long-range strike capability, but the more important part is the fact that it’s joint training,” Air Force Capt. Mike Brogan, Pacific Air Force’s bomber liaison officer, said in the Air Force release. “It’s unlikely that any confrontation in the future will be single service, so training with our sister services is always crucial and imperative.”

Goure said Hawaii “absolutely” will see more large-scale interoperability exercises.

“You are going to see a lot more of Air Force with anti- shipping missiles, Marines and the Army firing stuff from the shore into the sea, all kinds of new amphibious operations that may even be involving the Army and not just the Marine Corps,” Goure said. “All that is coming.”

In 2018, during Rim of the Pacific exercises, the Army fired a Naval Strike Missile from a truck at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai and hit a decommissioned Navy ship at sea.

RIMPAC 2020, returning this summer, is likely to build on the increasing serv­ice interoperability being tested in Hawaii.

Military war training at Pohakuloa

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Helicopters Fill The Sky: Pohakuloa Training Advisory Issued

An alternative view to Veterans Day and the glorification of war

Monday, November 11th, 2019

An alternative view to Veterans Day and the glorification of war

Veteran’s Day — a celebration of peace becomes a sacrament of war

As a Veteran, I Refuse to Celebrate War

Why do so many people hate the U.S.? Nov. 1, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Why do so many people hate the



      ISIS terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was recently killed in a US Special Operations raid in Syria. The US is good at killing terrorists, but even better at creating them. The US illegal invasion of Iraq, based on phony claims of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) by Bush and company led to the creation of ISIS. It has been endless regime change wars and covert Specials Ops in numerous countries ever since. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed, millions wounded and displaced – all creating increasing hatred and a climate of revenge, escalating the cycle of violence. As Gandhi once said: “An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind.”

      Our world is in urgent need of healing and learning Kapu Aloha before we destroy ourselves and the earth we share through man-made climate disaster or global nuclear war. Kapu Aloha –nonviolence needs to be built on a foundation of justice and respect for one another and all that sustains life – the air, land, and water for people, plants and animals. We are all connected. An injury to one is an injury to all. Respect the sacred — from the mountain to the sea, and everywhere and everyone inbetween.

      We can no more put an end to escalating violence by escalating violence than we can dig ourselves out of a hole. The means we use must be in line with the end that we seek. The U.S. is the most militarized nation on earth and the chickens are coming home to roost in more mass shootings  militarization of local police, increasing surveillance and authoritarianism.  Fascism is on the horizon. Who said it couldn’t happen here?  In Hawaii military covert Special Ops Assassination training is taking place on every island outside of military bases on public lands, beaches, parks, shorelines and not even one public hearing has been held to question this madness.  B-2 nuclear bombers fly, not only from Oahu, but from Louisiana, Missouri, and Guam to practice bomb Pohakuloa in the center of Hawaii Island for nuclear war that could end all life on earth and who is raising a voice of opposition? One $2 Billion dollar US B-2 nuclear bomber has even been named “Spirit of Hawaii.” This is NOT Kapu Aloha. No wonder so many people around the world hate the U.S. and see America as the greatest threat to peace on earth.

It’s time to live Kapu Aloha! Stop Bombing Pohakuloa!

Stop Bombing Everywhere!

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 Hawaii and around the world.

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