Behind the fluff news articles — DU Blowing in the wind!

EARTH DAY AT PTA”

(Pohakuloa Training Area) “Annual event draws hundreds of students”

PTA is a 133,000-acre military training area located in the center of Hawaii Island that has been used for more than 70 years. More than 14 million live rounds are fired annually, from small arms to B-52 and B-2 bombers. The base is contaminated with a wide range of military toxins including radioactive Depleted Uranium (DU).

      The same article about the April 20 “Earth Day at PTA” appeared in the West Hawaii Today (4/22) and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald (4/23). The article said first, second, and fifth grade classes from  Connections Public Charter School attended. Also mentioned was a Saint Joseph’s second grade class and an eighth grade class from Kua O Ka La Public Charter School in Kalapana. There likely were other classes from other schools that attended besides those mentioned.. Please share this informational flyer with parents of school children. If you haven’t read the articles you can read them here –

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2018/04/23/hawaii-news/earth-day-at-pta-draws-hundreds-of-students/

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2018/04/22/hawaii-news/earth-day-at-pta/

      What the articles didn’t say is what’s important. The following Public Service Announcement was sent out to every school on the island one month in advance of the 4/20 PTA 2018 Earth Day event.

For School Officials & Teachers – Please print and post in the teacher meeting room.Please forward this message to your Parent-Teacher Association PTA, so that this important information is circulated prior to organizing ANY STUDENT EARTH DAY EXCURSIONS TO POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA

P U B L I C   S E R V I C E   A N N O U N C E M E N T  (PSA)

     Parents of young children and pregnant women are warned of the dangers of DU (Depleted Uranium) and other military toxins at the Pohakuloa Training Area!

      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 https://vimeo.com/19153948). As Dr. Pang explains, especially vulnerable are young children and pregnant women.

     Allowing children in your care to attend programs at Pohakuloa, especially during live fire training, unnecessarily puts them at risk. Mahalo. For more information, contact Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action, P.O. Box 489, Kurtistown, HI 96760. Tel. (808) 966-7622.”

      Also important, but missing from the news articles was this important fact: At 9:18AM on Friday, April 20, 2018 a Malu ‘Aina certified calibrated radiation monitor hit 68 Counts per minute (CPM) outside the main gate of PTA, 2-3 times background levels.

      Between 30-50 people demonstrated from 8:30-10:30AM outside the PTA Earth Day event on Friday, April 20, 2018. See https://www.facebook.com/ruth.aloua/videos/1785022954869557/?t=205

Are DU Oxide Dust Particles Blowing in the Wind?

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Feeding at the Military trough –Hawaii Businesses Are Making Billions Off The Military

 

Hawaii Businesses Are Making Billions Off The Military

Hawaii is second only to Virginia in the amount of money that flows into the state through Defense Department spending.

 
 

WASHINGTON —In the last 10 years, the federal Defense Department has issued grants and paid contractors working in Hawaii nearly $23 billion, according to a new analysis of spending data. And that’s on top of the roughly $6 billion a year the government spent on paychecks and personnel costs for military stationed in the islands.

In 2015 alone, the most recent year for which complete data is available, defense spending in Hawaii added up to about $7.8 billion.

The state was second only to Virginia in terms of how much money the military was funneling into the state, according to the federal Office of Economic Adjustment.

The U.S. military spends billions of dollars in Hawaii every year, but state officials haven’t really done a good job of tracking it until now.
Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

While well-known defense contractors like BAE Systems top the list of local companies profiting from defense dollars, it turns out the University of Hawaii has also been one of the chief beneficiaries of the military’s spending in the state.

Data from a relatively new website that tracks the flow of defense dollars into Hawaii, HawaiiDefenseEconomy.org, shows that UH has received more than $435 million through federal defense contracts and grants since fiscal year 2008. 

Much of the money has gone to study climate change, resilience and alternative energy.

But the university system has also seen an uptick in military investment in cybersecurity, according to Vassilis Syrmos, the vice president for research and innovation for the University of Hawaii. 

HawaiiDefenseEconomy.org was developed about a year ago when the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii helped the state secure an $850,000 federal grant to launch a new website to help follow the money.

The site pulls together data from USAspending.gov and others to provide a broad view of how the Department of Defense spends federal appropriations, including looking at local spending and companies receiving the contracts.

Syrmos says Hawaii is one of four states with a National Security Agency Cryptologic Center based outside of NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. The NSA recently designated three University of Hawaii schools, including the flagship campus at Manoa, as institutions of excellence in cyber research and education. Syrmos said he believes that will bring even more funding to the state for research and investment.

“That’s an area that we’re building up, especially at West Oahu and our other communities colleges,” Syrmos said.

He noted that defense spending is deeply ingrained in higher education. The 186-foot research vessel, the Kilo Moana — which helps UH maintain its status as one of the best oceanographic institutions in the country — was built by the Navy and is owned by the U.S. government.

The Pan STARRS telescope on Haleakela that keeps an eye out for potentially dangerous asteroids, he said, also provides data to the Maui High Performance Computing Center, a military research facility that contracts with the university.

Honolulu is a defense economy hotspot, both in terms of personnel expenditures and contracting.

But not everything is as sexy as climate change, cybersecurity and planet-killing asteroids. Defense money can also fund the obscure.

For instance, federal spending data shows the U.S. Air Force once gave money to UH to research the “physical and genetic mechanism guiding the evolution and development of dendritic, flapping-insect wings.”

Funding has also been allocated for research into the “diet composition of pilot whales, dwarf sperm whales and pygmy sperm whales in the North Pacific.”

“Without this money the university would not be such a premier institution,” Syrmos said.

“What people don’t always understand is that you can’t do ‘Big Science’ on a shoestring budget. It costs a lot of money. So these funds provide the infrastructure for that science.”

The Big Picture

While tourism now is Hawaii’s biggest economic driver — 9 million visitors brought in about $17 billion in 2017 — military spending contributes a healthy boost to the state economy.

The $7.8 billion in military spending in 2015 accounted for nearly 9.8 percent of the state’s gross domestic product — the total value of goods and services produced in Hawaii.

Still, the state’s portion of overall military spending is relatively small — about 2 percent of the whole — in comparison to the more than $408 billion the federal Office of Economic Adjustment reports was spent nationwide in 2015.

Much of the Hawaii money — about $6 billion a year — goes toward personnel costs. 

In 2015, the OEA reported that the federal government spent about $5.7 billion to pay for more than 73,000 active duty and civilian personnel on the islands. That includes National Guard and reserves.

The remaining funds go to defense contractors who build barracks, repair ships and provide the base-run commissaries with fresh produce.

Research and development makes up a smaller share of spending when compared to construction, supplies and other services, such providing fuel, utilities and housekeeping.  

Over the past 10 years, the military has spent more than $800 million on R&D in Hawaii, which accounts for about 3 percent of total procurement spending.

Top Local Contractors

Some of the largest and most well-known defense contractors in the country have operations in Hawaii, including BAE Systems, Raytheon and Booz Allen Hamilton, which together have received more than $1.7 billion worth of contracts since 2008.

But a number of local companies have seen their fortunes rise due to Hawaii’s military might.

Manu Kai is a Native Hawaiian-owned business that provides support services to the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai.

The company, which was founded in 2006 and is now a subsidiary of Harris Corp., a major defense contractor based in Virginia, has received $570 million in contracts since 2008. That ranks it among the top local private military contractors in Hawaii.

Other major contractors include Y. Hata & Co., a food distribution business that stocks the commissaries, ships and submarines, and Nan Inc., one of the largest construction companies in the state.

Since 2008, government data shows Y. Hata has received more than $213 million in military contracts while Nan has been awarded more than $485 million in contracts.

Nan — a major contractor on Honolulu’s $9 billion rail project — was able to obtain contracts through the federal government’s 8(a) Business Development Program that helps minority and women-owned businesses get work.

According to the data, these 8(a) companies including Nan have received nearly $3 billion worth of contracts.

Military spending is so prolific, that even the tiny island Niihau is benefitting from it.

Niihau Ranch has received $14 million worth of contracts over the past 10 years to help support military training exercises. Contracting data shows that much of the money goes toward providing helicopter and ground transportation for contractors on the island.

“The whole purpose of this grant was to identify what the supply chain looks like,” said Rona Suzuki, the former head of the Hawaii labor department’s Office of Community Services, who was in charge of developing the HawaiiDefenseEconomy.org database.

She said that while most officials, herself included, were aware that the military pumped billions of dollars into the economy, no one had made the effort to actually follow the dollars until now.

And while the site is a snapshot in time Suzuki said it can serve as a guide for government officials, academics and business owners who might want to get a better grasp on contracting trends, search for opportunities to snag a grant or contract, or connect with other companies already doing federal work.

“The breadth of services and what the military buys is far and wide — it hits every island,” Suzuki said. “And this is just on the contracting side. This doesn’t even expose the private expenditure of military personnel. It doesn’t show the impact on real estate or retail or any other sector of the economy.

“This is just about the U.S. Department of Defense as a business, showing what they buy and what they expend in terms of contracts.”

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West Hawaii Today one sided article on Earth Day at PTA

Not one word about the protest outside the main gate and radiation readings 2-3 times background

See article here  http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2018/04/22/hawaii-news/earth-day-at-pta/

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA — “Take it to outer space,” exclaimed 7-year-old Reggie Shropshire as an unmanned aerial vehicle took to the sky Friday morning in the Saddle between Mauna Loa and Maunakea.
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Jim Albertini One sided article and photos. Not one word about5 the protest outside the main gate. Below is an email I sent to WHT writer Chelsea Jensen and photographer Laura Ruminski.

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Jim Albertini Aloha Chelsea and Laura,

I was disappointed in your article and photos of “Earth Day at PTA” 4/22 article. Not one word or photo of the 30-50 people who protested outside the main gate from 8:30-10:30. You did a disservice by presenting a one sided view.

Below is a press release that was sent out before and after the event. It went to most media, including West Hawaii Today.

Jim


Jim Albertini
Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
email ja@malu-aina.org
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At 9:18AM on Friday, April 20, 2018 our certified calibrated radiation monitor hit 68 Counts per minute (CPM) outside the main gate of PTA, 2-3 times background levels

April 21 Press Release about Protest of Pohakuloa Earth Day Hypocrisy April 20, 2018

April 21, 2018 Press Release about Protest of the military Pohakuloa “Earth Day Hypocrisy” Friday, April 20, 2018 from 8:30-10:30AM

further contact: Jim Albertini 966-7622  ja@malu-aina.org

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 email ja@malu-aina.org visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org sign up on our website to automatically receive our posts

“More than 30 people from east and west Hawaii island picketed the Pohakuloa  “Earth Day Hypocrisy” event from 8:30- 10:30 AM outside the front gate of the 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), said Jim Albertini of Malu ‘Aina.  Albertini said,  “the number of school children attending this year’s event was much lower than last year, perhaps only 1/3 as many as last year.  Malu Aina had sent out a notice to all schools on the island warning of the hazards of inhaling Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles and other military toxins present at PTA.”  Even Hawaii County Police who stopped by the protest expressed concern for the health of Hawaii’s children attending the “Earth Day” event on the base.”

At 9:18AM on Friday, April 20, 2018 our certified calibrated radiation monitor hit 68 Counts per minute (CPM) outside the main gate of PTA.

Update for clarification. The spike of 68 CPM at the main gate area of PTA was more than twice background levels.

See the Malu ‘Aina notice below which was sent out to schools and a leaflet handed out at the Friday Pohakuloa Earth Day event and later that day in Hilo at the Malu ‘Aina weekly peace vigil at the downtown Post office 3:30-5PM

Here is an excellent 4 minute video of the Pohakuloa protest posted by Ruth Aloua of Malu ‘Aina.

https://www.facebook.com/ruth.aloua/videos/1785022954869557/UzpfSTEwMDAwMDcwMzMyNjI0ODoxODU3ODM2MjY0MjQ5ODAw/

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For School Officials & Teachers – Please print and post in the teacher meeting room.Please forward this message to your Parent-Teacher Association PTA, so that this important information is circulated prior to organizing ANY STUDENT EARTH DAY EXCURSIONS TO POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA

P U B L I C   S E R V I C E   A N N O U N C E M E N T

Parents of young children and pregnant women are warned of the dangers of DU (Depleted Uranium) and other military toxins at the Pohakuloa Training Area!

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 https://vimeo.com/19153948). As Dr. Pang explains, especially vulnerable are young children and pregnant women.

Allowing children in your care to attend programs at Pohakuloa, especially during live fire training, unnecessarily puts them at risk. Mahalo.

For more information, contact Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action, P.O. Box 489, Kurtistown, HI 96760. Tel. (808) 966-7622.

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Below is a copy of a leaflet that will be offered to people before they enter PTA on April 20 along with a copy of the Public Service Announcement


POHAKULOA CELEBRATES

“EARTH DAY HYPOCRISY”

On April 20, 2018 the military is inviting school children and the public to Pohakuloa for “Earth Day” activities.

Can you imagine greater hypocrisy?

Pohakuloa DU Threat

      The 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) is contaminated with Depleted Uranium (DU), lead, and other military toxins from more than 70 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 fly 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 the Army Medical Corp. If anyone inhails DU oxide particles those particles can remain in your body for decades causing a wide range of problems including 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.

     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 firing ever since.

Are We Inhaling DU Oxide Dust?

Malama Honua –Protect the Earth

Stop the Bombing!

  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: ja@malu-aina.org

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Protest at Pohakuloa “Earth Day Hypocrisy” Friday, April 20, 2018 from 8:30-10:30AM

Car pools will leave Hilo (Komohana and Saddle rd. at 7:45AM) Bring water, sunscreen, and be prepared for all weather conditions.  Mahalo and please pass the word.

Press Release April 18, 2018

Re: Protest at Pohakuloa “Earth Day Hypocrisy” Friday, April 20, 2018 from 8:30-10:30AM

Further contact: Jim Albertini 966-7622 email ja@malu-aina.org

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 email ja@malu-aina.org visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org sign up on our website to automatically receive our posts

   “There will be a picket line, sign holding protest at the main gate of the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) located in the center of Hawaii island on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 8:30-10:30 AM” according to Jim Albertini of Malu ‘Aina.  Albertini said, “a banner outside the PTA main gate announces a “Pohakuloa Earth Day gathering” where the public is invited.” Albertini said his group and others are planning a protest.  Albertini said,”Malu Aina sent a Public Service Announcement out to all schools on the the island warning of possible dangers from Depleted Uranium (DU) and other military toxins at PTA.  See the announcement below.”

For School Officials & Teachers – Please print and post in the teacher meeting room.Please forward this message to your Parent-Teacher Association PTA, so that this important information is circulated prior to organizing ANY STUDENT EARTHDAY EXCURSIONS TO POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA

P U B L I C   S E R V I C E   A N N O U N C E M E N T

Parents of young children and pregnant women are warned of the dangers of DU (Depleted Uranium) and other military toxins at the Pohakuloa Training Area!

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 https://vimeo.com/19153948). As Dr. Pang explains, especially vulnerable are young children and pregnant women.

Allowing children in your care to attend programs at Pohakuloa, especially during live fire training, unnecessarily puts them at risk. Mahalo.

For more information, contact Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action, P.O. Box 489, Kurtistown, HI 96760. Tel. (808) 966-7622.

***********************************************************

 

Below is a copy of a leaflet that will be offered to people before they enter PTA on April 20 along with a copy of the Public Service Announcement


POHAKULOA CELEBRATES

“EARTH DAY HYPOCRISY”

On April 20, 2018 the military is inviting school children and the public to Pohakuloa for “Earth Day” activities.  Can you imagine greater hypocrisy?

      The 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) is contaminated with Depleted Uranium (DU), lead, and other military toxins from more than 70 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 fly 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 the Army Medical Corp. If anyone inhails DU oxide particles those particles can remain in your body for decades causing a wide range of problems including 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.

     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 firing ever since.

Are We Inhaling DU Oxide Dust?

Malama Honua –Protect the Earth

Stop the Bombing!

  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: ja@malu-aina.org

Sign up on our website to receive our posts  http://www.malu-aina.org/

April 20, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 865th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office