Palm Sunday Protest of PTA “Breakfast of Champions” and Bombing

Aloha kakou,

Palm Sunday,. April 14, 2019 protest of “Champions of PTA” Breakfast and Bombing Day at Pohakuloa (PTA) 6:30-8AM.   PTA was hosting a breakfast for its “Champions of PTA” at 7AM and then were going to take the “Champions” on a meet and greet to the troops 8-10AM firing heavy duty cannons etc. A couple of us stood in protest outside the main PTA gate. Judging from the very light traffic entering the base, not many “Champions of PTA” attended.  On the third photo below you can see bomb debris clouds in the distant slopes of Mauna Loa. Our message was simple: Protect “Aina, Protect Youth, Protect Pohakuloa. Stop Bombing. Real Champions don’t Bomb! The live fire was heavy at times — cannons,rockets and helicopter gunships. Desecration of the sacred ‘Aina. Just like the First Palm Sunday — Desecration of the Sacred Temple in Jerusalem by Money changers.whose tables Jesus upset.

Join the Protest at the PTA Main Gate on Thursday, April 18th 9AM till 1PM during the “Experience PTA” open House where school children, etc. are invited on to the PTA base contaminated with Depleted Uranium oxide particles, etc. Please pass the word about the protest.  Mahalo.

We have received word from the Dept. of Education Kona head,Art Souza, that due to our raising health concerns, no schools from the Kona side of the island will be attending “Experience PTA Day”.  We have not heard about the Hilo side of the island if any, or how many, schools will be attending.

Jim Albertini


Y’all wanna celebrate Earth Day? Start by not dropping bombs. Rather than let your keiki go to the Pohakuloa military base exposing them to health threats go visit an organic farm, fishpond, prepare a meal for the houseless, go pick flowers and make lei with kūpuna and talk story. Let’s actually care for the earth. That’s free too!

Call to Action!!! Three ways to Protect Pōhakuloa!

1.) Please share on social media and ADD a photo of yourself and your loved ones with the message –Stop Bombing Pohakuloa, Don’t bring youth to Pohakuloa out of health concerns, etc.
Urge young people and off island Lahui to make their own signs and post with their photos on social media!! When you post add the hashtags #protectpohakuloa #PTAShutdown #protectourkeiki #seeyouonthemauna

2.) Thurs, April 18, 2019 Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA). Main Gate 9AM-1PM
Protest “Experience PTA Day” events where the military has invited school children, parents, and people from the community on base, despite KNOWN HEALTH RISKS. We encourage young folks, those who are hapai, or in ill health to post photos, make calls and raise awareness and not risk their health at the 4/18 PTA Gate Protest. (Car pools 8AM from Hilo @Komohana & Saddle)

  1. Contact the DOE and tell them to stop encouraging students to go to Pōhakuloa! (Hilo side DOE) Chad Farias. Phone: 808-982- 4719. Email: (Kona side DOE) Art Souza: Phone: 808-327-4991 Email:

      It should be noted that PTA is a 133,000-acre hazardous toxic waste dump from more than 75 years of live-fire training of weapons by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. More than 14 million live-rounds are fired annually at PTA and Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation rounds have been used there.

      Please view the short video of Dr. Lorrin Pang, M.D., public health officer and retired Army Medical Corps explaining the health dangers of inhaling DU oxide dust particles (See

Malama Honua!  Care for the Earth!  Don’t Bomb It!

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