Hilo Forum on Pohakuloa July 19, 2017



Step Back From the Brink of Nuclear War!

The Fate of the Earth!

“A war between the world’s two nuclear superpowers could extinguish human life on a gigantic scale while plunging the Earth into cataclysmic ‘nuclear winter.” 



      “This moment in human history is not about Trump. It’s not about Putin. It’s not about whether you despise either or neither or both. What’s at stake in the dynamics between them is life on this planet.

      “Whatever the truth may be about Russian interference in the U.S. election last year, an overarching truth continues to bind the fates of Russians, Americans and the rest of humanity. No matter how much we might wish to forget or deny it, we are tied together by a fraying thread of relations between two nations that possess 93 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons. Right now it is not popular to say so, but we desperately need each other to enhance the odds of human survival.”

North Korea!

     This week’s North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile adds to global dangers of nuclear war. The U.S./South Korea answering North Korea’s test with missile tests of their own only adds fuel to the fire in a region that is an explosive powder keg. Russia and China’s proposal seems like a reasonable first step to defuse the dangerous situation: North Korea declares a moratorium on any further nuclear or missile tests and the U.S./South Korea refrain from large scale military exercises.

Negotiate, Don’t Escalate!  

Diplomacy Not War!

  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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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet July 7, 2017– 824th week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

What July 4 really means in Hawaii


Monday, July 03, 2017 

Repost 2017: History that should not—and will not—disappear: July 4, 1894, illegal overthrow of Hawaii completed

President Cleveland further concluded that a “substantial wrong has thus been done which a due regard for our national character as well as the rights of the injured people requires we should endeavor to repair” and called for the restoration of the Hawaiian monarchy.

by Larry Geller

Cannon on the steps of
          Iolani palace[3][6]

Cannon on the steps of the occupied Iolani Palace

On July 4, 1894, the Republic of Hawaii was declared, with Sanford B. Dole as president. The illegal overthrow of the independent nation of Hawaii was complete.

Yes, although your daily paper may want you to forget this, it is history that should not be ignored. There’s even a federal law confirming the truth of the history they refuse to print.

From the Apology Resolution, United States Public Law 103-150:

Whereas, in a message to Congress on December 18, 1893, President Grover Cleveland reported fully and accurately on the illegal acts of the conspirators, described such acts as an “act of war, committed with the participation of a diplomatic representative of the United States and without authority of Congress”, and acknowledged that by such acts the government of a peaceful and friendly people was overthrown… President Cleveland further concluded that a “substantial wrong has thus been done which a due regard for our national character as well as the rights of the injured people requires we should endeavor to repair” and called for the restoration of the Hawaiian monarchy.

Whereas, the indigenous Hawaiian people never directly relinquished their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people or over their national lands to the United States, either through their monarchy or through a plebiscite or referendum.

A treaty of annexation was never passed by Congress, and President Grover Cleveland withdrew the treaty. Then on this day in history…

On July 4, 1894, the archipelago’s new leaders responded to this rebuff by proclaiming a Republic of Hawaii, with Sanford Dole as president. Under its constitution, most legislators would be appointed rather than elected, and only men with savings and property would be eligible for public office. This all but excluded native Hawaiians from the government of their land… [From Overthrow, a book by Stephen Kinzer]

What was the motivation? Need you ask? Why is the US in Iraq?From the Washington Post review of Overthrow:

As Stephen Kinzer tells the story in Overthrow, America’s century of regime changing began not in Iraq but Hawaii. Hawaii? Indeed. Kinzer explains that Hawaii’s white haole minority — in cahoots with the U.S. Navy, the White House and Washington’s local representative — conspired to remove Queen Liliuokalani from her throne in 1893 as a step toward annexing the islands. The haole plantation owners believed that by removing the queen (who planned to expand the rights of Hawaii’s native majority) and making Hawaii part of the United States, they could get in on a lucrative but protected mainland sugar market. Ever wonder why free trade has such a bad name?

The road leading up to the declaration of the Republic of Hawaii was rocky, and can’t be summed up in a short blog article. Did you know, for example, that a US Senate investigation revealed that a bribe had been offered to Queen Liliuokalani to turn against her people and support the Republic? This snip is from a New York Times article on the Senate investigation, dated 1/29/1894:


The declaration of the Republic was not a single, static event. There was considerable debate in Congress on resolutions condemning the overthrow and proposed annexation. For example, this snip from the 1/25/1894 New York Times will give you an idea of the complexity that we lose in simplifying Hawaii’s history:


Each article is much longer than the snips above. It would be worthwhile to skim the New York Times for a complete account of the Congressional debate. No doubt this has already been done. If not, the articles are available on-line for the harvesting..

If you’re not familiar with Hawaiian history, beware of websites that work hard to re-write it. The true picture of the overthrow is not pretty, nor can the acts of the US government be justified or whitewashed. Google cautiously.

Let your children know that there is more to July 4 than barbecues and fireworks. It is a holiday that tears people apart here in Hawaii. See how you can work this history into your celebrations and festivities, so that it will never disappear.

Attack at June 30, 2017 Hilo peace vigil

Attack at June 30, 2017 Hilo peace vigil

For the record.  At approximately 3:30PM June 30, 2017 a late model 4 door Honda, dark grey or black was parked at the curb near the Hilo Post office with a male driver (white, long haired and beard.  Looked similar to Dog the bounty Hunter.)  As I walked on the side walk back to my corner leafleting post from using the Post office rest room the man held up his middle finger inside his closed window.  I didn’t react at all just kept walking.  A little while later the car pulls up to the traffic light.  I noticed the same man driving and holding his middle finger up again inside his closed window.  I saw a woman in the passenger seat.  The car was first in line at the traffic red light with me on the corner sidewalk.  Then the man’s power window came down. and he said in a strong southern accent.  “Since you hate America so much why don’t you just leave the country?”  And then he opens his car door and I immediately moved north back down the sidewalk toward the post office.  The man proceeds to yell (unintelligible) and then kicks down our plywood sign that says “Stop the Bombing.”  He then gets back in his car and drives off.  I didn’t get the license #. Malie Sellers and I were the only two there at the vigil at the time. Others had not yet arrived.  Malie was down under the shade tree sitting in a chair quite a distance away and did not see what happened.

The times they are a changing and for the worst.  I urge all who can to come join the weekly Hilo peace vigil 3:30 -5PM on Fridays at the downtown Hilo Post office with set up at 3PM.  There is more safety for all in numbers.


Jim Albertini


The Wind Speaks


Hawaii Tribune-Herald Reporter Tom Callis and Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim

Aloha Tom and Harry,

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald news story June 29, 2017 on the military Pohakuloa Training Area  PTA) said: “More than a dozen Protesters were outside PTA’s gates at the start of the ceremony.” Indeed, more like 40 plus and we had a message but not even one line of the article mentioned our message.  But thanks for including the story of strong winds blowing flags standing behind the podium on top of Harry during his speech.. I’m glad Harry wasn’t hurt.  The strong winds blowing reminds me of the ground breaking ceremony in 2007 for the Saddle Rd. Realignment. The ceremony was held on the new portion of the Saddle Rd. just Hilo side of Mauna Kea park.  A large group of us were protesting the realignment because it pushed the road on the Mauna Kea side of PTA, through the Palila habitat and Mamane forest and opened up more area for PTA live-fire, etc.  The day of the ceremony was May 29, 2007.  Police unduly restricted our protest to Mauna Kea Park so we were kept at least 100 yards from the ceremony.  The winds that day were also strong  and coming from the south (PTA impact area toward the Park.)  At one point dust devils appeared coming right at us and the ceremony. The winds became so strong, it picked up some of our large 4’X4′ heavy duty plastic signs and hurled them at the ceremony tent area.  Police went running after the signs to retrieve them. Dignitaries –U.S. SenatorDan Inouye, Federal, State and county officials and business leaders were in the ceremonial tent.  Probably Harry too was there since he was Mayor back then.  Our radiation monitors that day registered 70-80 Counts per minute (CPM) when the normal background readings were 15- 20 CPM.  We knew something was coming off PTA in those dust devils. Three months later in Aug. 2007 the military officially confirmed DU had been used at PTA back in the 60s, including at  range 11 not far from Mauna Kea Park.  Up until that point the military had repeatedly denied DU had ever been used at PTA or anywhere else in Hawaii.

Moral of the story: Beware of the Makani (wind) — as Bob Dylan said — “the answer is blowing in the wind.” The wind speaks. And sometimes we refuse to listen, even when signs are blown right into our tent and blown flags hit us on the head.

Aloha ‘Aina.  Stop the Bombing.  Stop Training to Invade.  Wage Peace, not War!  Cancel the PTA Lease. Shut Down PTA.  Live aloha! The DU is in the DUst!

Jim Albertini
Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
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