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GOOD NEWS! Repeal being drafted for the Military Exemption from Hawaii County’s Historic Nuclear-Free Law.

Sunday, July 14th, 2024
Some GOOD News!
On 7/12/24 Holeka Goro Inaba

Hawaiʻi County Council Member, District 8 (North Kona) requested his staff to draft a repeal of the military exemption to Hawaii County’s Historic Nuclear-Free Ordinance.

Phone(808) 323-4280 
West Hawaiʻi Civic Center – Building “A”


On 7/12/24 11:58 AM, Jim Albertini wrote:

Aloha Hawaii Council members,

This is a request that you seriously consider repealing the military exemption (Ordinance 84-39) passed in July 1984 from Hawaii County Historic Nuclear Free Law (Ordinance No. 665) passed in Feb. 1981.

July 18, 2024 marks the historic 40th anniversary of hundreds of people turning up on the Hilo docks to uphold Hawaii’s historic Nuclear-Free Law.

After 3 years of requesting the US Navy to respect our county’s Nuclear-Free law without success, (leave your nuclear shoes in Pearl Harbor) our organization announced a month in advance that we planned a non-violent peaceful swimming protest of the next Navy Nuclear ship visit. A Navy Nuclear ship visit was planned for the July Hawaii Japanese Chamber of Commerce Festival of the Pacific.

On July 17, 1984, the day before the nuclear warship’s scheduled arrival, the Hawaii County Council, under the leadership of Council chair, Stephen Yamashiro, passed an emergency amendment “exempting the military” from the Nuclear-Free law.  There are questions of whether the emergency amendment met legal requirements of proper notice and hearings according to the Sunshine law.  In any event, having an amendment to the Nuclear-Free Law to exempt the military is like having an exemption for smokers from No smoking laws.  It makes no sense.

On July 18, 1984, the day the Navy Nuclear ship arrived, a Federal security zone for the entire Hilo Bay was established by the US Coast Guard at the request of the Navy. Anyone putting their toe in the water with a protest sign was subject to a felony violation. July 18. 1984 Hilo Bay was like a war zone.  Coast Guard Cutters escorted the Navy Nuclear warship.  Military helicopters patrolled overhead.  Naval Seal teams in zodiacs were in the water. On the docks hundreds of people offered pule, sang peace songs, and held signs — Respect County Law!  Nuclear-Free Zone! No Nukes! Peace Now! etc.  Approximately 100 people were prepared to enter the water in protest to uphold Hawaii County’s Nuclear-Free Law.  I discouraged people from doing so.  I urged people not to do the right thing for the wrong reason.  The military was threatening felony charges for a swim for peace.  A felony was serious business.  Before taking such action, people needed to think the implications through and discuss matters with their families.  As a result 3 of us –close friends Warren Wineman, a former Naval Officer and Hilo business person, fellow farmer Jim Snyder and myself decided to swim for peace.  When the Navy nuclear ship entered past the breakwall and headed towards the docks, we jumped from the Hilo Harbor pier and entered the water with our hands up to signify STOP as we began swimming slowly toward the ship.  Within minutes, Naval Seals arrested us and the ship eventually docked to awaiting protests.

In summary, we were tried in Federal Court before a visiting Federal Judge who had been a Lt. Commander in the Navy.  Our County’s Nuclear Free law was declared irrelevant.  We were found guilty and sentenced.  Warren Wineman had a lien placed on his home and fined. Jim Snyder I believe was given 30 days in jail,. As the leader of the protest I was given the maximum sentence — 3 years in Federal Prison and was ordered to report to prison within 2 weeks, despite a pending appeal. My sentence also had a special provision that I couldn’t even become eligible for parole before I completed at least 1/3 of the sentence.  Fortunately, mainly due to international protest, including government officials from around the Pacific, I was released from prison on parole after a little more than 1 year. Still a long time for a swim for peace that harmed nor endangered anyone but ourselves.  In the 1970s and 80s, people and governments around the Pacific passed a Nuclear-Free Pacific treaty and protested nuclear warships, testing, etc. strongly.  No one to my knowledge was ever even sentenced to 3 days in jail for a peaceful protest let alone 3 years.  I had done public speaking in several Pacific countries and attended Nuclear-Free and Independent Pacific Conferences which provided me a lot of support.


Jim Albertini Malu 'Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola'a (Kurtistown) Hawai'i 96760
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Pohakuloa is a Training Ground for Nuclear War!

Tuesday, July 9th, 2024

Pohakuloa is a Training

Ground for Nuclear War!

     Our world needs more Aloha and Ho’oponopono, more diplomacy, negotiations, and training for peace, not training for Nuclear Armageddon and the end of civilization. According to the US Congressional Budget Office, the US is projected to spend an amount approaching 1 TRILLION DOLLARS over the next 10 years on nuclear weapons, while an increasing number of people (Hawaii included) can’t afford food, housing, and other basic human needs.

Depleted Uranium Nuclear Weapon spotting rounds have been fired at Pohakuloa. Deadly radiation alpha particles, and other deadly toxins, blow in the wind, dust, and smoke off Pohakuloa. B-52 and B-2 Strategic Nuclear bombers fly non-stop training missions from Louisiana, Missouri, and Guam to practice bombing at Pohakuloa. All branches of the US military conduct war training at Pohakuloa. This month 29 countries, including Israel, will be conducting war training in and around Hawaii, including bombing and shelling at Pohakuloa as part of RIMPAC 2024. What a waste of resources! Amid a growing climate crisis, Pohakuloa is located in the dry, windy high-risk fire center of Hawaii Island. It is a Lahaina firestorm in the making. The military acknowledges that since 1975, more than 890 wildfires have been started by military training at Pohakuloa. A fire started at Pohakuloa in August of 2022, one year before the Lahaina fire, burned more than 17,000 acres, including more than 12,000 acres off the base in endangered species habitat. Speak up Now! Cancel, don’t renew the State lease at Pohakuloa.  Add your voice to the message –


     A RIMPAC protest will be held on Saturday, July 20th from 10 AM till Noon on Hilo Bayfront near the King Kamehameha Statue. Canceling the RIMPAC War Games Now & Forever, and cleaning up Hawaii’s many military toxic sites will be a Peace victory for all! Demilitarize Hawaii and end the illegal US military occupation of Hawaii Now! Give Peace a Chance!

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai’i 96760

Phone (808) 966-7622 Email to receive our posts.

For more information see

July 12, 2024, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1189– Fridays 3:30-5 PM downtown Post Office

Join the 5:30 PM Sign Holding –Cancel Rimpac, Pohakuloa Lease, Food Not Bombs, etc. outside the Wed. July 10th Mayoral forum in Hilo

Tuesday, July 9th, 2024
Join the 5:30 PM Sign Holding –Cancel Rimpac, Pohakuloa Lease, Food Not Bombs, Houses not bombs, etc. outside Wed. July 10th Hawaii Island Mayoral Candidate forum in Hilo, and please pass the word to ohana and friends
The forum will be held at Auntie Sally’s Luau Hale (799 Piilani Street) near the Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium in Hilo. It is sponsored by AARP Hawaii and will focus on issues that especially matter most to seniors and their families. The forum starts at 6PM
Stand Up! Join the sign-holding! Don’t let Hawaii Island Mayoral Candidates ignore important issues!

REMINDER: Monday, July 8th, 6-8 PM peace meeting at the Keaau Com. CTR.

Monday, July 8th, 2024

REMINDER: Monday, July 8th, 6-8 PM peace meeting at the Keaau Com. CTR. Please join and pass the word. Mahalo.

Oppose Army leases on Oahu

Monday, July 8th, 2024
Aloha All,

The Kahuku Community Association is hosting a very important meeting about the U.S. Army’s proposal to retain State Lands at Kahuku, Kawailoa-Poamoho, and Makua for continued military use.

Wednesday, July 10, 6:00-8:00pm

Kahuku High and Intermediate School

The Army’s 65 year lease on these 6,322 acres of land ends in 2029, and next week we have an opportunity to give oral testimony on the Army’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement here in Kahuku.

The Public Comment Period for the Army’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement is open now and ends on August 7, 2024. The decision to end or renew the lease will largely depend on the public comments received. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts on military use of land in Kahuku as well as other sites.

Please note that initially there were only two meetings, one on the Westside and in Schofield. KCA advocated on behalf of our Ko’olauloa and North Shore communities to have a meeting here, and now it is vital that we show up.

Go to this link to submit testimony online or via mail.