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More Military Madness — “Sentinel Landscape Designation”

Sunday, August 22nd, 2021
More Military Madness — Sentinel Landscape!!!!!
Aloha friends,
Check out the bizarre military base buffer zone article below. It’s as bad as Military Special Ops assassination training taking place in our parks, on beaches and near shore waters.
The Sentinel Landscape applies to Oahu, Kauai, and Big island, maybe more. I think we need to shut down these military bases, and end the Illegal Occupation of Hawaii, not create buffer zones of crops and livestock to get poisoned along with people by the military toxins next door. Please let me know your thoughts. Mahalo. Also check out the bizarre 2 min video on Sentinel Landscape here https://sentinellandscapes.org/
Jim
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
Council members hear pitch on Sentinel Landscape designation
By MICHAEL BRESTOVANSKY Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 12:05 a.m.
 

Council members hear pitch on Sentinel Landscape designation

Hawaii County might seek a partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies in an attempt to obtain federal conservation funds.

At a Tuesday meeting of the Hawaii County Council’s Committee on Governmental Operations, Relations and Economic Development, council members listened to a proposal to designate the entire Island of Hawaii as a “Sentinel Landscape.”

 

Sentinel Landscapes are areas designated by the U.S. departments of Defense, Agriculture and Interior as lands suited to protect nearby military facilities, such as the Big Island’s Pohakuloa Training Area, from land use that would be incompatible with those facilities’ missions, said Lea Hong, director of the Hawaii office of national conservation nonprofit Trust for Public Land, who spoke at Tuesday’s meeting.

The Sentinel Landscape program would dovetail with an existing partnership between the state and the DOD: the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program.

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Under the REPI, Hong said, the U.S. Armed Forces have funded various conservation projects throughout the state in exchange for a restriction on how lands adjacent to their military bases have been used. Hong said “compatible uses” for land near military bases includes agriculture and livestock grazing.

“Essentially, (DOD) just don’t want any development,” Hong said, adding that the REPI program began in the 2000s as an effort to prevent the encroachment of urban development upon military facilities.

However, the Sentinel Landscape designation would “supercharge” this partnership with the DOD, Hong said, explaining that, under the designation, any conservation projects under DOD, USDA or DOI programs within the Sentinel Landscape area — which Hong said could encompass the entire island — would be eligible for priority funding from those agencies.

These funds, Hong said, would largely be leveraged by private landowners, but she added that there might be funds available for state and county projects as well.

Hong said the Sentinel Landscape designation does not impose any additional restrictions on the land. Rather, the U.S. Armed Forces support the designation based on Hawaii’s strategic importance in the Indo-Pacific and the security benefits of improving climate change resilience, she said.

Based on Hong’s proposal, most or all of the Big Island, Oahu and Kauai could be designated as a Sentinel Landscape. On the Big Island, Hong’s proposal imagines a 10-mile-radius buffer zone around the military lands at Pohakuloa, the majority of which are already state park or otherwise protected land.

If granted, Hong said the designation would remain in perpetuity. Despite this, Hong said the decision surrounding the designation is unrelated to the upcoming 2029 expiration of the military’s lease for PTA.

“This is a way to try to get some positive benefit from the military’s presence here,” Hong said, noting the negative environmental impacts of sustained military training activity on the island.

If the island is designated a Sentinel Landscape, it would join an exclusive club: Only seven other locations in the nation have been so designated.

“I’m just proposing this on a whim and a prayer,” Hong said. “We don’t have any resources to work toward this right now.”

Hong said she will submit an application for the designation to the DOD at the end of the month. Once the application process begins, she assured that there will be a “more robust” attempt to generate discussion of the issue with members of the public.

At the suggestion of Councilwoman Maile David, who represents Kona and Ka’u, council members can endorse the application on an individual basis within the next week, although they were noncommittal about the proposal at Tuesday’s meeting. David said there was not enough time for an official council resolution on the matter before Hong’s deadline at the end of the month.

Hong said the proposal has the broad support of the state’s Congressional delegation and several county officials, including Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi.

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Mayor Mitch Roth, she said, has indicated preliminary support for the proposal.

Email Michael Brestovansky at mbrestovansky@hawaiitribune- herald.com.

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copy of letter sent to Hawaii Tribune-Herald, West Hawaii Today and Civil Beat

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

letters@hawaiitribune-herald.com

cblair@civilbeat.com

Aug. 17, 2021

Letter to the editor:

Mahalo to retired Army Col. Ann Wright for her letter in 8/15/21 Hawaii Tribune-Herald opposing renewal of military leases of public lands in Hawaii.  I agree.  Hawaiian lands should be in Hawaiian hands, not military hands. Stop Bombing Pohakuloa.

I urge others to speak out against Army leased land renewal in Hawaii.  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.Deadline is Sept. 1, 2021
 

Here are a few issues you might want to comment on: Unexploded ordinance (UXO) clean up, Depleted Uranium and other toxic contamination of air, land and ground water, invasive species, cultural sites and the cultural significance of Pohakuloa itself. The military controls nearly 133,000-acres at Pohakuloa. 23,000 acres of this is leased from the state for $1 total for 65 years –1964- 2029. These so called “ceded lands” are crown and government lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom before the U.S. overthrow in 1893. These lands are in the ahupua’a of Humu’ula (crown), Kaohe and Pu’uanahulu (government lands). Besides the 23,000 acres of leased lands at PTA, 758 acres were obtained by an executive order of Governor Samuel Wilder King in 1956 and 84,000 acres by a Presidential Executive Order of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. These lands by executive order were turned over to the US military without any compensation. More recently, in the early 2000s, an additional 23,000 acres of land near Waiki’i Ranch was purchased by the military from Parker Ranch. But the Strykers are no longer in Hawaii. They are in Washington state.  But guess what the Military is keeping the 23,000-acres Stryker area with no Strykers.  Surprise! Surprise! 

 
Our organization, Malu Aina has documented 57 present and former military sites on Hawaii Island alone, totaling more than 250,000-acres that are in need of clean up.  The estimated clean up cost is in the Billions of dollars. I am the co-author of the book -“The Dark Side of Paradise” about the military presence in Hawaii.  It documents many of the impacts of life under the gun of US militarism throughout all Hawaii.  It is available in Hawaii libraries.
 

It’s not just an issue of no further military leases.  It’s time for the illegal US military occupation of Hawaii to end.  But please clean up your mess before you go. Aloha.

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

 

 

No to Military Lease Renewals

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

No Military Lease Extensions!

Hawaiian Lands in Hawaiian Hands!

     Here are a few issues that need to be addressed in any EIS on Pohakuloa and other military sites in Hawaii: Unexploded ordinance (UXO) clean up, Depleted Uranium and other toxic contamination of air, land and ground water, invasive species, cultural sites and the cultural significance of Pohakuloa itself and other areas. The military controls nearly 133,000-acres at Pohakuloa. 23,000 acres of this is leased from the state for $1 total for 65 years –1964- 2029. These so called “ceded lands” are crown and government lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom before the U.S. overthrow of the Hawaiian government in 1893. These lands are in the ahupua’a of Humu’ula (crown), Kaohe and Pu’uanahulu (government lands). Besides the 23,000 acres of leased lands at PTA, 758 acres were obtained by an executive order of Governor Samuel Wilder King in 1956 and 84,000 acres by a Presidential Executive Order of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. These lands by executive order were turned over to the US military without any compensation. More recently, in the early 2000s, an additional 23,000 acres of land near Waiki’i Ranch was purchased by the military from Parker Ranch for the Stryker Maneuver area.  But the Strykers are no longer in Hawaii. They are in Washington state.  But guess what the Military is keeping the 23,000-acres Stryker area with no Strykers.  Surprise, Surprise. 

     Our organization, Malu Aina, has documented 57 present and former military sites on Hawaii Island alone, totaling more than 250,000-acres that are in need of clean up.  The estimated clean up is in the Billions of dollars. One site example: In the 1960s the Army leased State land in the Waiakea forest area which is Hilo’s watershed. The Army said it wanted to do weather testing. It was a lie. Numerous Chemical and biological weapons were tested in Hilo’s watershed, including Sarin nerve gas, so deadly that 1/50th of a drop kills you. Hunters report there are areas in that forest where nothing grows today, more than 50 years after military chemical and biological weapons testing. It’s long past time for the US military to Quit Hawaii.  It’s not just an issue of no further military leases.  It’s time for the illegal US military occupation of Hawaii to end.  But please clean up your mess before you go. Mahalo and aloha.

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

oral testimonies of people against Military lease renewals

Thursday, August 12th, 2021
Below are the oral testimonies of people against Military lease renewals.  Not one testimony in favor of lease renewal.  All opposed.  Some incredible testimony.  Very powerful.  Mahalo to Kimchi Compost for the list of names and times of testimony.
 
You can also submit written comments throughout the scoping period until Sept. 1, 2021 (postmark date if mailed).
Option 1: Written comments may be submitted electronically online or by email to usarmy.hawaii.nepa@mail.mil
Option 2: Written comments may be mailed to:
Oʻahu ATLR EIS Comments
P.O. Box 3444
Honolulu, HI 96801-3444

 

Oʻahu ATLR EIS Public Scoping - Aug. 11

In case you didn’t get to watch last night’s amazing aloha ‘āina fest to get #militarylandback, here’s the link. I sure hope they keep it online forever because this is one amazing historical document. I made a list of the speakers with (approximate) time stamps. Apologies for any spelling errors!

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:36 Ikaika Ramones
:38 Koohan Paik Mander
:44 Aree Worawongwasu
:49 Darius Kila
:52 Ingrid
:57 Aipohaku
1:00 Banner
1:01 Kaipo
1:04 Mickey Weems
1:06 Mikey Inouye
1:08 Bronson Azama
1:11 Kyle Kajhiro
1:15 Kari Labrador
1:17 Kauwila
1:20 Summer Kamalia Mullins Ibrahim
1:26 Abigail Rose
1:28 Tom Iwanicki
1:31 Sorcha
1:35 Vernon
1:35 Lu Fabraito
1:36 Fabienne Melchior
1:38 Pete Doktor
1:42 Jason Alexander
1:45 Kaukaohu Wahilani
1:47 Seiji Yamada
1:49 Sofronio Estores
1:52 Dr. Arcy Imasa
1:56 Lauren Ballesteros
2:00 Jaerick Medeiros
2:04 Sheila
2:05 Adele
2:08 Tara Rojas
2:12 Councilwoman Tsuneyoshi
2:16 Manny Kuloloio
2:20 Tom Sharai
2:26 Heiley Hacoba
2:27 Leslie Gabrielle
2:30 Jim Albertini
2:32 Chezeri
2:35 Dr. Kioni Dudley
2:38 Koutaro Yuuji
2:39 Banner
2:42 Tina Grandinetti
2:44 Manuel Kuloloio
 
 
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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

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