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Article by Graham Ellis, about Jim Albertini and Malu Aina

Saturday, July 23rd, 2022
Below is a link to an article by an old friend, Graham Ellis, about Malu Aina and me. Probably a lot more than you ever wanted to know about me. I appreciate his storytelling skills and kind words.
Graham Ellis is a British citizen deported a couple of years ago by Homeland security for his activism. He had been a resident of Hawaii for 40 years or more — a former school principal, but his real passion was teaching kids juggling, stilt walking, unicycling, and other circus skills.
Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760
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DISASTERS: the poor always suffer the most

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018


It seems the poor always suffer the most

      Whether it’s natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, lava flows, etc.) or man made disasters (war, climate disaster, toxic pollution, etc.) it seems the poor always suffer the most. The rich have more options. The poor have few, if any, options.

      In most natural disasters, those with money can easily relocate, and often have a second or third home to go. Some poor people don’t even have enough gas money to get to a disaster shelter. Who bore the burden in hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, and hurricane Harvey in Houston? Poor communities also usually bear the burden of toxic pollution. Flint Michigan’s lead water is a case in point. The Hawaiian Homestead area in Keaukaha in Hilo has as a next door toxic neighbor -–the airport, dump, fuel tanks, sewage plant, harbor, chemicals, etc.

      In wars such as Vietnam, the rich like Donald Trump and George Bush, easily found ways to avoid the draft and they certainly didn’t go to jail for nonviolent resistance to the war. The poor end up drafted or enlisting and dying in a rich man’s war for resources. In today’s wars, those being killed, injured and made refugees are disproportionately poor. Look at Palestine, Syria, etc.

      Puna, Hawaii, the site of the current lava flow, is the poorest district in the state, with thousands of lots in substandard subdivisions, many in high risk lava zones or near the toxic neighbor –Puna Geothermal Venture. Read the book “Land & Power in Hawaii” by George Cooper and Gaven Daws. Also read the article by Alan D. McNarie By contrast the Kona-Kohala coast on the west side of Hawaii island is known as the Gold Coast with it’s many rich gated communities and high end resorts. The resorts never built housing for their employees, so many employees have to commute from distant Puna and Ka’u poor districts. Economic apartheid!

      I haven’t heard of one hotel offering free or discounted rooms to people displaced from the lava. And what of long range plans for people who have been displaced and have lost their homes, farms, businesses, etc.? Is it not the role of government to help? But where will the money come from you ask? That’s easy. From the FY 2019 Donald Trump proposed U.S. military budget of $681.1 billion. After all, what are we defending? And once we have recovered from disaster, we can begin the work of building a new economy from the ground up. That starts with growing food to feed Hawaii’s population instead of importing 90% of food consumed here. That will demand policy changes away from addiction to war and catering to the rich. The endless growth of tourism and militarism is killing Hawaii and the planet. Pele is telling us we need a fresh start and that we need to work together.

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Possible Geothermal well dangers from lava and/or earth quakes

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Press Release — Possible Puna Geothermal Venture wild wells from Earth quakes or lava.

Lava within 100 yards of the Puna Geothermal Plant (PGV) which has more than 6 geothermal wells.

Malu Aina 966-7622

Jim Albertini

P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760  website

Below and attached is a Geothermal Emergency Map produced by the Big Island Rainforest Action Group (BIRAG) more than 25 years ago.  The map, as I recall, is based on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared for Puna Geothermal venture (PGV) that cited the possibility of wild wells caused by Earth quakes or lava flows.  Wild wells are those that can’t be capped resulting in uncontrolled venting of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) resulting in an 4.1 mile radius (8.2 mile diameter) permanent evacuation zone around the PGV plant and a warning/alert area of 15 miles radius from the plant..  (At the time the map was prepared there was a wild well in California at the Geysers still uncontrollable after 30 years which fortunately was far from populated areas.)

It should be noted that Hydrogen Sulfide H2S  which comes out of geothermal wells is different than the gas that comes out of the lava –Sulfur dioxide (SO2).  Hydrogen sulfide at low levels has a rotten egg sulfur smell but at high levels is deadly and is odorless and colorless.  It is a heavy gas so collects in low areas.

I personally gave a copy of this map to Hawaii County Civil defense director Talmage Magno on Friday, May 18 at the Hilo Civil defense office.
Jim Albertini

Geothermal Emergency Map

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Important! Testimony Needed Now!

Monday, February 5th, 2018
Testimony by Jim Albertini submitted

This HB 1565 is a travesty! It subverts any semblance of protecting people’s democratic input and undermines current land use regulations. It removes contested case process and fast tracks development for corporate interests. Such things as TMT, GMO, Geothermal, and runaway development in conservation and coastal areas. Kill this bill now!. Shame on the people who introduced such a bill. It’s a disgrace that citizens even have to submit testimony to uphold such basic hard fought basic rights regarding land use.

Jim Albertini, President, Malu ‘Aina center for Nonviolent Education & Action.

Pua Case

11 hrs

Aloha Mauna ʻOhana, we must kill this bill 1565. Hereʻs a sample testimony for you to reference. Call Cindy Evans, Jarrett Keohokalole today!!!!

HB 1565 should be TERMINATED

This proposed bill is a blatant special interest bill for the benefit of private entities and corporations with a clear disregard of Hawaii State Constitution Article I, Section 5 as well as other constitutional provisions and statutory laws. It is very evident that this bill is in response to the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory LLC’s attempt to circumvent the judicial and approval process for a project that intends to take control and use of public lands in an environmentally and culturally sensitive area within a conservation district on Mauna Kea. This bill would strip the State’s constitutional obligation to protect the public trust, natural resources, environmental rights as well as native Hawaiian customarily and tradition rights in which the State is compelled to protect as stipulated in the Hawaii State Constitution Article XI, Sections 1 & 9 and Article XII, Sections 4 & 7.
“There is so much wrong with this bill, that is should be TERMINATED due to the reasons noted below. It would allow private corporations to lease public lands “for nominal considerations and without auction” similar to a $1.00 a year that existing foreign and out-of-state telescopes on Mauna Kea are paying resulting in Hawai‘i’s taxpayers having to subsidize this type of science and technology development. Also, this bill proposes a “mediation agreement reached between the parties” which proposes a ‘FAKE’ and a ‘BOGUS” due process. If a proposed project is determined to cause substantial and adverse impacts, there should be mitigation provisions instead of mediation provisions with the developer. Most disturbing is that this bill would allow any of these proposed subzones to be exempt from the environmental review process as defined under Chapter 343 which is intended to protect Hawai‘i’s unique natural and cultural resources.”