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Military should return Hawaii lands Aug. 13, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Monday, August 9th, 2021

Military should return Hawaii lands

By Ann WrightHonolulu resident Ann Wright was in the U.S. Army/ Army Reserves for 29 years and retired as a colonel; she was also a U.S. diplomat until resigning in March 2003 in opposition to the U.S. war on Iraq. This Op Ed piece was in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021

      The 65-year leases of 30,000 acres of Hawaii state land by the U.S. military are ending in 2029. The state of Hawaii should not re-lease these lands no matter what the amount the U.S. military offers. The leases on 23,000 acres at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island, 4,370 acres at the Kawailoa/ Poamoho Training Area, 1,170 acres at the Kahuku Training Area and 760 acres at the Makua Military Reservation were given away essentially for free, with the state charging only $1 for each parcel for 65 years!

      The three areas on Oahu are one-third of the 18,060 federal and state lands used for military training on the island, while the 23,000 acres at Pohakuloa are 17% of the 133,000 acres that comprise the largest military training area in the state and in the Pacific region.

      We are subjected to a daily dose of the U.S. military build-up for what the Indo-Pacific command is calling “our enemy China.” We know what happens when the U.S. tries to resolve disputes through military action — millions of persons dead and wounded, including tens of thousands of U.S. military, as evidenced by the wars in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

      Ultimately disputes with countries are resolved not by military action, but by dialogue, so why are we spending trillions on weapons that ultimately do not solve the situation?

      AS RESIDENTS of Hawaii, I think we should want to be known as an area of peace and dialogue using the Hawaiian technique of “ho‘oponopono” — rather than as a base for projecting the U.S. propensity for killing over using diplomacy to reduce tensions with other countries. A first step would be reducing the U.S. military footprint in Hawaii by refusing to re-lease 30,000 acres currently used by the U.S. military.

      The U.S. Army is seeking public comments on the environmental impact statement (EIS) concerning the releasing proposal by Sept. 1. You can email comments to: usarmy.hawaii. nepa@mail.mil or go online to fill in the form at https://home.army.mil/hawaii/ index.php/OahuEIS. Comments may also be mailed to: Oahu ATLR EIS Comments, P.O. Box 3444, Honolulu, HI, 96801-3444. Attending public hearings this week is another way to be heard. Hearings are set for Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., at Leilehua Golf Course; they will be live-streamed at www.youtube.com/usaghawaii/live. Oral comments may be provided by attending one of these two in-person public scoping meetings, or remotely by calling (808) 556-8277; recording services for comments are available both days, 4-9 p.m.

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August 13, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1037– Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Military should return Hawaiian lands.  No lease renewals.

Sunday, August 8th, 2021

Military should return Hawaiian lands.  No lease renewals.

 
Please send comments to the USArmy EIS by Sept. 1st.  See other ways to testify in opposition in  Ann’s
 
And to DLNR not to re-lease to Military:
 
 
 
See other ways to testify in opposition in  Ann’s piece below.  Mahalo.
Jim Albertini
 
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Jim Albertini Malu 'Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola'a (Kurtistown) Hawai'i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

 

Star Advertiser Sunday, August 8

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Military should return Hawaii lands

 

ISLAND VOICES

By Ann Wright

The 65-year leases of 30,000 acres of Hawaii state land by the U.S. military are ending in 2029. The state of Hawaii should not re-lease these lands no matter what the amount the U.S. military offers.

The leases on 23,000 acres at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island, 4,370 acres at the Kawailoa/ Poamoho Training Area, 1,170 acres at the Kahuku Training Area and 760 acres at the Makua Military Reservation were given away essentially for free, with the state charging only $1 for each parcel for 65 years!

The three areas on Oahu are onethird of the 18,060 federal and state lands used for military training on the island, while the 23,000 acres at Pohakuloa are 17% of the 133,000 acres that comprise the largest military training area in the state and in the Pacific region.

We are subjected to a daily dose of the U.S. military build-up for what the Indo-Pacific command is calling “our enemy China.” We know what happens when the U.S. tries to resolve disputes through military action — millions of persons dead and wounded, including tens of thousands of U.S. military, as evidenced by the wars in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Ultimately disputes with countries are resolved not by military action, but by dialogue, so why are we spending trillions on weapons that ultimately do not solve the situation?

AS RESIDENTS of Hawaii, I think we should want to be known as an area of peace and dialogue using the Hawaiian technique of “ho‘oponopono” — rather than as a base for projecting the U.S. propensity for killing over using diplomacy to reduce tensions with other countries.

A first step would be reducing the U.S. military footprint in Hawaii by refusing to re-lease 30,000 acres currently used by the U.S. military.

The U.S. Army is seeking public comments on the environmental impact statement (EIS) concerning the re-leasing proposal by Sept. 1. You can email comments to: usarmy.hawaii. nepa@mail.mil or go online to fill in the form at https://home.army.mil/hawaii/ index.php/OahuEIS. Comments may also be mailed to: Oahu ATLR EIS Comments, P.O. Box 3444, Honolulu, HI, 96801-3444. Attending public hearings this week is another way to be heard. Hearings are set for Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., at Leilehua Golf Course; they will be livestreamed at www.youtube.com/usaghawaii/live.

Oral comments may be provided by attending one of these two in-person public scoping meetings, or remotely by calling (808) 556-8277; recording services for comments are available both days, 4-9 p.m.

 

 
 

Ann Wright

Dissent: Voices of Conscience

Hundreds join anti-vax protests while few join vigil for peace on Hiroshima day

Sunday, August 8th, 2021
Hundreds join in anti-vax protests on Oahu, Maui, Kona, Waimea, and Hilo
Photos in Trib, WHT, Star-Advertiser, and TV stations
Very few with masks and social distancing
 
 
Meanwhile a handful of us hold signs on the 76th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing

amid alarming Covid numbers increasing.
 
Latest Alarming Hawaii Covid figures as reported Aug. 5, 2021

Total statewide Covid infections today 655, the highest since the Pandemic began. Hawaii island Covid cases today 131, the highest since the pandemic began. There are 920 active Covid cases on Hawaii island. 155 covid patients are hospitalized statewide with 27 in ICU and 29 on ventilators. MASK UP, SOCIAL DISTANCE AND GET VACCINATED

Come hold a sign social distancing at the Friday, Aug. 6th Hilo Peace Vigil at the downtown Post Office/Federal Bldg. 3:30-5PM
“Vaccinate for the common good.” “Aloha Vaccinate for others.” etc.
Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki –76th anniversary. See Hiroshima-Nagasaki Never Again weekly leaflet here  https://malu-aina.org/?p=7470

 
And photos from the Aug. 6, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil below.
Mahalo.
Jim Albertini
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Jim Albertini Malu 'Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola'a (Kurtistown) Hawai'i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org    
Photos from the Aug. 6, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil
                           1037th consecutive weekly vigil
   

Danny, Margaret and Malie (both 88 years young)