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Join Christmas Eve Hilo Peace Vigil & Christmas Day at PTA Main Gate

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

Christmas Eve Hilo Vigil for

Peace On Earth

      The United States Military Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) recently unveiled a new Hawai’i Land Use Master Plan (HMLUMP). The military land use plan documents the military’s extensive land holdings in Hawai’i. Military-controlled land in Hawai’i increased by 9% from 200,967 acres in 2002 to 221,981 acres in 2021. More than half of all military controlled lands in Hawai’i are on Hawai’i Island – the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA). Now the military wants more land.

The Hawaiʻi Military Land Use Master Plan can be viewed at: drive.google.com/file/d/1Uov0HevmHkfMG-ma-iEzxYgECHue67aY/view

      Much of Hawai’i military controlled lands were simply seized by presidential or governor’s executive orders. Other Military lands are leased from the State. The leases at PTA, Makua Valley and other areas are all due to expire in 2029. At Pohakuloa, 84,000 acres were seized in 1964 by a presidential executive order under Lyndon Johnson. 23,000 acres at PTA were leased from the State in 1964 at a total cost of $1 total for 65 years, while the military creates a multi-billion dollar pollution mess. The military is notorious for walking away from messes it creates.

      Military expansion plans at Pohakuloa include the following: 413 acres of land near the main gate as a “security buffer,” an additional 1000-acre site off-base for relocating endangered species, 6,904 acres for air space lands, 25,927 acres outside boundary control, and a 2-kilometer land use control buffer (66,718 acres) around the entire installation. UH Manoa professor, Kyle Kajihiro says “To extend military land use control beyond actual installation boundaries, the HMLUMP proposes using land-use zoning mechanisms and conservation buffers such as the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) and Sentinel Landscapes. While these partnerships may provide some environmental benefits, they also enable long-term destructive impacts on adjacent lands while politically compromising groups who become beholden to military interests.”

      The HMLUMP states that the military’s top priority is to retain and expand live-fire training lands such as PTA. The military wants the State leases renewed and executive orders to remain in place. Military pollution of the water, air and land threatens all life – people, plants, and animals. The Military Red Hill water pollution is a Red Flag warning not just for Hawai’i, but the earth itself. No amount of military dollars to the economy can make up for that. The US military has become the greatest polluter on the planet. It is the largest consumer of oil and the largest emitter of CO2. It is the greatest contributor to Climate catastrophe and the growing threat of nuclear war. The process to de-militarize and end the illegal military occupation of Hawaii, and create peace on earth is up to us. It will not come from the military and the top down system that has created the problem. It must come from the bottom up – the people of the land and the spirit of aloha ‘aina and kapu aloha. Join us Christmas Day at PTA main gate 10AM till Noon. See https://malu-aina.org/?p=7777

No Military Expansion in Hawai’i. End Military Leases at Pohakuloa & other Military Sites.

Stop Bombing and Polluting Hawai’i & the World! 

Peace on Earth, Good Will to All!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject violence & war as solutions. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic,
anti-Hawaiian, anti-Black, anti-Asian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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 to receive our posts. For more information www.malu-aina.org

Dec. 24, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1056– Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

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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

US Military – Back from the Brink! Dec. 17, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021
 

US Military!

Greatest Polluter on Planet

Earth

Largest Consumer of oil — Largest emitter of CO2

Causing Climate Catastrophe & Threat of Nuclear War!

 

     Hawaii is a case study for the planet in terms of military pollution. For the most part military pollution in Hawaii is kept just below the visible surface, so it doesn’t openly clash with the tourist industry’s profit image of Hawaii as “Paradise of the Pacific.” But military fuel leaking into the fresh drinking water just 100 feet below the military’s 20 massive Red Hill underground fuel tanks has given light to military pollution. So far the drinking water of more than 93,000 people is known to be contaminated with leaking military fuel. The water smells like fuel and has a sheen to it, and people are getting sick. The contamination could spread to the drinking water of 400,000 people in Honolulu, residents and visitors alike.

     Military pollution from Red Hill underground fuel tanks is just one of many sites of military pollution in Hawaii. More than 40 years ago, a book was published I co-authored entitled “The Dark Side of Paradise – Hawaii in a Nuclear World.” That book documents extensive military pollution and can be viewed and downloaded for free at www.malu-aina.org. The link to the book is on the right side of the homepage. Also see the article A Brief History of US Military Poisoning of Hawaii https://www.transcend.org/…/a-brief-history-of-us…/…

     The Hawaiian Islands are one of the most militarized, and military polluted places, on the planet, with more than 100 active US military installations and many more abandoned unmarked toxic sites.  In addition to increasing military pollution and climate catastrophe, all life on the planet is under the military threat of mushroom cloud extinction caused by nuclear war. Escalating tensions with Russia and China could quickly spiral out of control. The time for deescalation and diplomacy, not saber rattling and military build up, is now. No more excuses for doing too little too late. See Back from the Brink, a practical 5 step program to prevent nuclear war. Check out preventnuclearwar.org

The time to DE-militarize Hawaii & the world is NOW!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject violence & war as solutions. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic,
anti-Hawaiian, anti-Black, anti-Asian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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 to receive our posts. For more information www.malu-aina.org

December 17, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1055– Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Christmas Gathering to stand for peace at Pohakuloa Main Gate

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Christmas Day!

Stop Bombing Pohakuloa

Main Gate 10AM – Noon

     The US Military, at multiple sites, including the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Toxic Area (PTA), has been contaminating the air, land, and water of Hawaii Island for more than 75 years. Millions of live-rounds have been fired annually at PTA involving a wide range of weapons and toxins, including radioactive Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide particles that can be carried long distances in the wind. What toxins are in the 2 water wells drilled at PTA in 2013 that are still not being used in 2021. The military spends nearly $2 million annually hauling water to PTA.

      Everyone on the Big Island is downhill and downwind from PTA, which is located in the center of the island at 6500 feet elevation. The land, water, air, people, plants and animals surrounding PTA, including the thousands of troops who train there, are all part of a Military Sacrifice Zone. Actually the Hawaiian islands are one of the most militarized places on the planet with more than 100 active US military installations and many more abandoned military toxic sites.

     If you practice for war, you are preparing for war, not peace! It’s time to practice for peace and prepare for peace if the human species wants to survive.  Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawaii and around the world.  It’s time to de-militarize Hawaii and end the illegal U.S. occupation of Hawaii too.

Join us on Christmas!  Wear a Mask!  Bring a sign!   Stand for Peace! 

Car pools leaving Hilo side — Komohana and Saddle Rd at 9AM

Mahalo!

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

Honolulu Star Advertiser letter on Military pollution

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Letters: Military pollutes isles while denying effects

From chemical and biological weapons tested in Hilo’s watershed, to the Red Hill fuel leaks on Oahu ending up in people’s drinking water, to a wide range of toxins in live-fire training at Pohakuloa, including depleted uranium oxide (DU oxide) dust particles blowing in the wind, contaminating people, plants and animals, and the air, water and land — Hawaii is a military sacrifice zone.

Authorities always act too little, too late. The military has been polluting for decades. It denied the dangers of Agent Orange. Groundwater around many bases where munitions and rockets are fired is polluted and causing cancer.

Hawaii’s U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono, and U.S. Reps. Ed Case and Kai Kahele have done little to nothing about toxins at Pohakuloa blowing in the wind for decades.

The military is Hawaii’s “golden calf” false god. It’s time to close the Red Hill fuel tanks. Don’t rebuild them anywhere. It’s time to stop bombing Pohakuloa, shut it down and clean it up. It’s time to demilitarize Hawaii and end the illegal U.S. occupation.

JIm Albertini

Kurtistown, Hawaii island

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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

From Red Hill to Pohakuloa Dec. 10, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

From Red Hill to Pohakuloa

What Military Toxins are Poisoning us?