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May 17, 2024 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — Speak out to Protect Pohakuloa and Stop the Bombing!

Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

Please Share Widely.  Mahalo.

 

View the public testimony on the May 7, 2024, Hilo public hearing concerning

the Pohakuloa lease renewal overwhelmingly opposed by testifiers.

Hearing On Pōhakuloa EIS Held In Hilo https://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2024/05/08/second-hearing-on-pohakuloa-eis-held-in-hilo/#google_vignette

KITV news story on the Hilo Hearing: https://www.kitv.com/news/army-looks-to-extend-pohakuloa-lease-past-2029-faces-opposition/article_d98cb858-0d99-11ef-a5cf-4be77f7de1eb.html

 

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Thursday, May 9, 2024 has a front page article on the hearing.

 

Protect

Pohakuloa!

No Military Lease Renewal, No Land Swaps, Stop the Bombing and Desecration, Make the Military Clean Up its Toxic Mess, Return the Land to the Kanaka Maoli, and pay reparations for the destruction of the ‘aina and psychological injuries caused.

The Big Lie – “We are Stewards of the Land” PTA commander

LTC Timothy Alvarado,

A Few Simple Truths: Testimony by Jim Albertini

1. Millions of live rounds are fired annually at Pohakuloa by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and foreign troops involving a wide range of weapon systems from dozens of firing points on land leased from the State of Hawaii. (p. 52 of draft2 EIS) in State Conservation zoned protected land.

2. Depleted Uranium (DU) is just one of many toxins used at the 132,000+ acre site in over 75 years of bombing and shelling. DU oxide particles can be carried long distances in the wind and when inhaled can cause a wide range of cancers, birth defects, and even genetic damage passed to future generations. A comprehensive, independent investigation of all toxins at PTA is needed, not the military mongoose telling us that everything if OK in the Big Island hen house.

3. Pohakuloa is a Lahaina firestorm in the making for Hawaii Island and the danger is increasing with climate change. There have been 892 recorded fires attributable to military activities at PTA since 1975 according to the military. The military says “many fire records prior to 2012 have been lost.” (p. 354) One year before the Lahaina fire, a fire started at PTA burned more than 17,700 acres, including more than 12,400 acres outside of PTA , destroying endangered native species. PTA has the highest concentration of endangered species of any US Army installation in the world.

4. Whatever happens mauka comes makai. We are all downwind, downhill of Pohakuloa. The military poisoning of military families and civilians from Red Hill jet fuel leaks into Oahu’s water table is not an isolated military toxic event. The US Army secretly tested chemical, biological, and deadly sarin nerve gas agents on leased lands in Hawaii’s watershed (Waiakea Forest Area). The military secret tests were repeatedly denied, but later confirmed. People spoke up in protest and the lease was canceled.

5. Claims of US owned lands at Pohakuloa are misleading. Most lands at PTA, like the 84,000 acres that includes the live fire impact area were not purchased, but simply seized by an Executive order (EO. along with the 758 acres that includes the main base Cantonment area and Bradshaw Air field. Kaho’olawe was also seized by an Executive Order and finally returned by a new Executive Order.

     Learn more: Read the PTA Environmental Impact Statement here to submit comments in writing by mail, email. Deadline is June 7, 2024. https://home.army.mil/hawaii/ptaeis/project-home For more detailed testimony by Jim Albertini on the Pohakuloa EIS see https://malu-aina.org/?p=10069 Also See the 11-minute video — How the Army Got to Bomb Hawaii For $1  https://youtu.be/-nsn4Sxy8r8 Pohakuloa 14 min. video “Now that you Know, Do You Care?” https://vimeo.com/94598875 Also the video of Dr. Lorrin Pang, M.D., public health officer, retired 24 years in the Army Medical Corps, and listed in the Who’s Who (top 3%) of America’s Best Doctors explaining the health dangers of inhaling DU oxide dust particles https://vimeo.com/19153948. Also read – A Brief History Of US Military Poisoning Of Hawai’i – PopularResistance.Org

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May 17, 2024, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1181 – Fridays 3:30-5 PM downtown Post Office

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Peace organizing meeting, Monday, May 13, 2024 –Pohakuloa, Gaza, RIMPAC 2024, etc.

Saturday, May 11th, 2024

Peace organizing meeting, Monday, May 13, 2024,

at the Kea’au Community Center 6-8 PM

Zoom connection from 6:30- 7:15 PM.

Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9876901944… Meeting ID: 987 690 1944 Passcode: peace now Steve Paulmier

in our group is the person who sets up zoom. His email is <stephen.paulmier@verizon.net> and his phone 430-8866

 

Agenda

1. Evaluation of Pohakuloa EIS lease hearings and media coverage

2.  Follow up to get more testimony sent by June 7, 2022 via postal mail and email. 

Read the EIS and see where to submit testimony here. https://home.army.mil/hawaii/ptaeis/project-home

3.  Situation in Gaza.  What more can we do?

4.  RIMPAC 2024 June 26 – Aug. 1 — Largest Naval war games in the world takes place in and around Hawaii,

including usual bombing and shelling at Pohakuloa.

Other items welcome.  Please pass the word to others.  Together, we need to build the movement.

Mahalo.  Jim Albertini

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawaii 96760

Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Public Testimony Against any PTA lease renewal/land swap

View the public testimony on the May 7, 2024 Hilo public hearing concerning the Pohakuloa lease renewal overwhelmingly opposed by testifiers.

Hearing On Pōhakuloa EIS Held In Hilo

KITV news story on the Hilo Hearing: https://www.kitv.com/news/army-looks-to-extend-pohakuloa-lease-past-2029-faces-opposition/article_d98cb858-0d99-11ef-a5cf-4be77f7de1eb.html

People raise their hands to oppose Pohakuloa lease renewal.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Thursday, May 9, 2024, has a front-page article

on the Hilo Pohakuloa hearing.

Kahea —  This is a call to submit testimony opposing the Army’s lease extension at Pohakuloa, and other attempts by hook or by crook to keep bombing Pohakuloa.  The deadline to submit testimony by postal mail and email is June 7, 2024.  Read the EIS and see where to submit testimony here. https://home.army.mil/hawaii/ptaeis/project-home

There were only 2 public hearings on the entire Big Island.  One in Waimea, on May 6th, and one in Hilo, on May 7th.  Everyone in Waimea spoke against the lease extension.  Only 2 people of several dozen people testifying in Hilo, spoke in favor of the military lease extension.  All the others spoke against it.  At the Hilo public hearing held at the Imiloa Astronomy Center, contractors for the military EIS initially tried to prohibit us from holding protest signs outside the entrance to Imiloa. They backed off when we refused to leave but it shows where they stand.  They are not neutral.  Outside the Hilo hearing, I ran into Mike Donnelly.  His prior position was as the Public Affairs Officer for Pohakuloa.  The Big Island Press Club in 2019 gave him the “Lava Tube of Darkness” dishonor award for his lack of transparency.  What do you think happened?  He was promoted to Army Garrison Hawaii Public Affairs Officer for all the Army in Hawaii.

Please Share Widely.  Mahalo.

Peace organizing meeting, Monday, May 13, 2024, at the

Kea’au Community Center 6-8 PM

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawaii 96760

Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

May 9, 2024 Hawaii Tribune-Herald front page article

Public clashes with Army over PTA lease

Big Islanders accuse military of telling ‘the big lie’ about its stewardship

By MICHAEL BRESTOVANSKY

Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Big Islanders continued to urge the U.S. Army to abandon the Pohakuloa Training Area instead of extending its lease of state land.

The Army’s lease of about 23,000 acres of state land is set to expire in 2029. While that land is only a small fragment of the greater 132,000-acre PTA, its central location means it is considered a vital component of the training area.

As part of a years-long process to renew that lease, the Army released in April a draft environmental impact statement about the renewal, the second such draft after a 2022 document. That

From left, Jim Albertini speaks to Col. Steve McGunegle, the garrison commander of U.S. Army Hawaii, and Lt. Col. Tim L. Alvarado, Commander of U.S. Army Garrison Pohakuloa Training Area, about his opposition to any lease renewal or land swap for PTA during a public meeting Wednesday at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo

KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald

Wednesday, protesters against lease renewal or land swap options for the U.S. Army Garrison Pohakuloa Training Area stand outside ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo.

KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald


document indicated that extending the lease for another 65 years could adversely impact Hawaiian cultural practices in the area.

The draft EIS suggested five options for the lease renewal process that differ largely in how much of the land to retain. The one most favored by the Army would retain about 19,700 acres of the land, which would include all U.S. government-owned facilities and infrastructure on the land.

But perhaps unsurprisingly, the alternative most favored among attendees of a public meeting Tuesday was one that would retain none of the land, allow the lease to lapse, and drastically reduce the functionality of PTA as a whole.

The meeting, at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, was one of two held this week as part of a public comment period about the EIS — the other was held Monday in Waimea — and went much the same as previous discussions: overwhelming public opposition against the Army’s presence on the Big Island.

U.S. Army Garrison Commander Hawaii Col. Steve McGunegle and PTA Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Tim Alvarado hosted the meeting, but only offered brief opening statements before opening the floor to public testimony.

“Hawaii is important to the military and we are aware that being here comes with the responsibility of being good neighbors and stewards of the land,” said McGunegle in his introduction, eliciting scornful laughter from the audience.

“The lease on state land should expire because the lessee, the U.S. Army, has been a poor tenant,” said Prana Mandoh.

“If we even look at it in the most simple colonial rules, you don’t renew a lease with a lessee who trashes your house.”

Mandoh and many others argued that the military should clean up unexploded ordnance, chemical spills and other detritus if it takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, while others feared that the environmental impacts of the base are already irreversible.

Longtime PTA opponent Jim Albertini called the Army’s claims of being a good steward of the land “the big lie,” and cited nearly 900 recorded fires throughout PTA since 1975 that were attributed to military actions — although he added that the number is likely higher still, given that several records from before 2004 have been lost.

Albertini went on to point out that the millions of live rounds fired and explosives detonated at PTA simply do not suit lands within a conservation district, before voicing concerns that depleted uranium rounds — ammunition made from a high-density nuclear byproduct favored for armor-piercing capabilities — have leached toxic dust into the air that could cause cancers or genetic damage to people downwind.

Several attendees pointed to the 2021 Red Hill incident on Oahu, when a fuel leak at the U.S. Navy-operated Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility led to a contaminated aquifer and thousands temporarily displaced, as further evidence that the U.S. armed forces cannot be trusted to properly manage Hawaii lands.

“What if the aquifers of this island have already been contaminated by PTA?” said Nana Honua-Manuel. “Why are you still trucking in water? This is my never-ending nightmare: that the occupier, the U.S. military, will return the kingdom ‘aina to the lahui when it is all poisoned and uninhabitable.”

Much of the testimony against the Army veered away from specific impacts on the Big Island to the greater impact of the U.S. military-industrial complex throughout history. Several attendees drew on their own personal histories with past U.S. wars — in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan — to decry the use of Big Island lands to fuel further conflicts around the globe.

“You focus too much on the mission, man,” said Army veteran Leiomana Turalde, directly addressing Alvarado. “I dropped the bombs just like you did … I dropped bombs on this base too, did you? I did. I’m not proud of that, and I tell all my people I’m sorry.”

Only two people testified in support of the Army and PTA: Miles Yoshioka, executive officer of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, and Noelani Kalipi, a volunteer civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army. Yoshioka said PTA offers valuable emergency response services along Saddle Road, while Kalipi said she hopes the Army and Big Island community can work together to plan for an eventual scaling back of PTA in the future.

While Hilo’s meeting was the last scheduled public meeting during the comment period, online comments can still be submitted at bit.ly/3y59IL2 until June 7.

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

Protect Pohakuloa –EIS Public Meetings

Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

Protect

Pohakuloa

No Military Lease Renewal, No Land Swaps, Stop the Bombing and Desecration, Make the Military Clean Up its Toxic Mess, Return the Land to the Kanaka Maoli!

The Big Lie – “We are Stewards of the Land” PTA commander LTC Timothy Alvarado, June 29, 2023, Hawaii Tribune-Herald

A Few Simple Truths:

1. Millions of live rounds are fired annually at Pohakuloa by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and foreign troops involving a wide range of weapon systems from dozens of firing points on land leased from the State of Hawaii. (p. 52 of draft 2 EIS)

2. Depleted Uranium (DU) is just one of many toxins used at the 133,000-acre site in over 75 years of bombing and shelling. DU oxide particles can be carried long distances in the wind and when inhaled can cause a wide range of cancers, birth defects, and even genetic damage passed to future generations.

3. Pohakuloa is a Lahaina firestorm in the making for Hawaii Island and the danger is increasing with climate change. There have been 892 recorded fires attributable to military activities at PTA since 1975 according to the military. (p. 354)

4. Whatever happens mauka comes makai. We are all downwind, downhill of Pohakuloa. The military poisoning of military families and civilians from Red Hill jet fuel leaks into Oahu’s water table is not an isolated military toxic event.

Learn more: See the 11-minute video — How the Army Got to Bomb Hawaii For $1  https://youtu.be/-nsn4Sxy8r8  The Pohakuloa 14 min. video “Now that you Know, Do You Care?” https://vimeo.com/94598875  Also, the video of Dr. Lorrin Pang, M.D., public health officer, retired 24 years in the Army Medical Corps and listed in the Who’s Who (top 3%) of America’s Best Doctors explaining the health dangers of inhaling DU oxide dust particles https://vimeo.com/19153948.  Also read – A Brief History Of US Military Poisoning Of Hawai’i – PopularResistance.Org

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, anti-Russian, anti-LGBTQ, etc. 5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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

                            Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org to receive our posts.

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May 3, 2024, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1179 – Fridays 3:30-5 PM downtown Post Office

 

Important Public Meetings

about the Military wanting to retain land

by State lease renewal, land swap, etc.

at the 133,000 acre

Pohakuloa Toxic Area

in the center of Hawaii Island that has been bombed and shelled for 75 years with a wide range of toxins including Depleted Uranium radiation.

6-8 PM Mon. May 6 Waimea District Park

6-8 PM Tue. May 7 ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center on UH Hilo Campus

Mark your Calendars!

Read the PTA Environmental Impact Statement here to submit comments in

writing by mail, email, or by phone

https://home.army.mil/hawaii/ptaeis/project-home

Please pass the word. Mahalo.

                                                   

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education

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 see https://www.malu-aina.org

Government Contacts –Elected Officials

Friday, April 19th, 2024

Contact your elected government officials to Protect Hawai’i Keiki, Stop Bombing Pohakuloa, and for Immediate Ceasefires at Home and Abroad, No More War! Peace Now!

Hawaii County Council members phone numbers and emails

District 1 Heather Kimball Phone: (808) 961-8828  Email: heather.kimball@hawaiicounty.gov

District 2 Jennifer “Jenn” Kagiwada Phone: (808) 961-8272 Email: jennifer.kagiwada@hawaiicounty.gov

District 3 Susan “Sue” L. K. Lee Loy Phone: (808) 961-8396 Email: sue.leeloy@hawaiicounty.gov

District 4 Ashley Lehualani Kierkiewicz Phone: (808) 961-8265 Email: ashley.kierkiewicz@hawaiicounty.gov

District 5 Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder Phone: (808) 961-8263 Email: matt.kanealii-kleinfelder@hawaiicounty.gov

District 6 Michelle Galimba Phone: (808) 323-4277 Email: michelle.galimba@hawaiicounty.gov

District 7 Rebecca Villegas Phone: (808) 323-4267 Email: rebecca.villegas@hawaiicounty.gov

District 8 Dr. Holeka Goro Inaba Phone: (808) 323-4280 Email: holeka.inaba@hawaiicounty.gov

District 9  Cynthia “Cindy” Evans Phone: Hilo – (808) 961-8564 Email: cindy.evans@hawaiicounty.gov

Mayor Mitch Roth Hawaii County Mayor Address 25 Aupuni Street, # 2603 Hilo, Hawaii, 96720 Phone 808-961-8223 Fax 808-961-8912 email mitch.roth@hawaiicounty.gov <mitch.roth@hawaiicounty.gov>

Hawaii Island State Senators

 Inouye, Lorraine (D)                                           Rm 210       808-586-7335
(Hilo, Paukaa, Papaikou, Pepeekeo) FAX: 808-586-7339
seninouye@capitol.hawaii.gov

Kanuha, Dru Mamo (D)                                                          Rm 206      808-586-9385
(Kona, Kau, Volcano) FAX: 808-586-9391
senkanuha@capitol.hawaii.gov

Richards, III, Herbert M. “Tim” (D)                        Rm 202     808-586-6760
(North Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, North Kona) FAX: 808-586-6689
senrichards@capitol.hawaii.gov

San Buenaventura, Joy A. (D)                                   Rm 213               808-586-6890
(Puna) FAX: 808-586-6899
sensanbuenaventura@capitol.hawaii.gov

Hawaii Island State Representatives

lagan, Greggor (D) …4 ………………419 ………………. 808-586-6530
(Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Beaches, FAX: 808-586-6531
Nanawale Estates, Leilani Estates) repilagan@capitol.hawaii.gov

Kahaloa, Kirstin (D) …6 ……………..314 ……………….. 808-586-8530
(Honaunau, Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Kealakekua, Keauhou, FAX: 808-586-8534 Holualoa, Kailua-Kona) repkahaloa@capitol.hawaii.gov

Kapela, Jeanne (D) ……5 …………….418 ………………. 808-586-9605
(Portions of Keaau, and Kurtistown, Mountain View, Glenwood, FAX: 808-586-9608 Fern Forest, Volcano, Pahala, Punaluu, Naalehu, Waiohinu, repkapela@capitol.hawaii.gov Hawaiian Ocean View, Hookena)

Lowen, Nicole E. (D) ….7 …………….436 ………………. 808-586-8400
(Kailua-Kona, Honokohau, Kalaoa, Puuanahulu, FAX: 808-586-8404
Puako, portion of Waikoloa) replowen@capitol.hawaii.gov

Nakashima, Mark M. (D)..1 ………….432 ………………. 808-586-6680
(Hamakua, portion of Hilo, Kaumana) FAX: 808-586-6684
repnakashima@capitol.hawaii.gov

Onishi, Richard H.K. (D)…2 ………….438 ………………. 808-586-6120
(Hilo) FAX: 808-586-6121 reponishi@capitol.hawaii.gov

Tarnas, David A. (D) …8 ………………442 ………………. 808-586-8510
(Hawi, Halaula, Waimea, Makahalau, Waikii, Waikoloa, FAX: 808-586-8514
Kawaihae, and Mahukona) reptarnas@capitol.hawaii.gov

Todd, Chris (D) ….3 ……………………..443 ………………. 808-586-8480
(Portion of Hilo, Keaukaha, Orchidlands Estate, Ainaloa, FAX: 808-586-8484
Hawaiian Acres, Fern Acres, portions of Kurtistown and Keaau) reptodd@capitol.hawaii.gov

Hawaii Congressional Representatives & Senators

Rep Jill Tokuda (202) 225-4906 (808) 746-6220 https://tokuda.house.gov/address_authentication?form=/contact

Rep. Ed Case 808-650-6688, : 202-225-2726 Email: ed.case@mail.house.gov

Senator Brian Schatz Phone number:(808) 523-2061 Phone number:(202) 224-3934

brian_schatz@schatz.senate.gov schatz.senate.gov.

Sen. Mazie Hiro http://www.hirono.senate.gov.

Phone: (202) 224-6361 Phone: (808) 522-8970

 

To get involved for peace, justice, and aloha ‘aina, please contact:

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 see https://www.malu-aina.org

Upcoming Peace Events. Please spread the word. Mahalo.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

Upcoming Peace actions

1.  Testify in support of a Hawaii State Ceasefire in Gaza Resolution.  Do online by 10 AM on Thursday, April 18th.  Submit testimony in support of SCR 13 unamended at capitol.hawaii.gov

2.  Join the Friday weekly Hilo Peace Vigil 3:30 – -5 PM at the downtown Post Office

3.  Join the peace organizing meeting on Monday, April 22 from 6 – 8 PM at the Keaau Community Center. On the agenda –PTA protest, possible legal action, upcoming RIMPAC 2024, and protest, etc.

4.  Join the Protest “Experience Pohakuloa Day” beginning at 8:30 AM at the PTA main gate on Thursday, April 25th.  See more info below.

5.  If you can’t make the Pohakuloa protest, join the event here

Mahalo.

JIm

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Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

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Protect Hawai’i Keiki

     On Thursday, April 25, 2024, school children and the general public are invited to the 133,000-acre heavily contaminated military Pohakuloa Toxic Area (PTA) in the center of Hawai’i Island from 9 AM – 1 PM for what’s billed as “Experience Pohakuloa Day.” Call your local school to voice safety concerns! Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD who spent 24 years in the Army Medical Corps warns of the health dangers of Depleted Uranium (DU), one of many toxins used at Pohakuloa. See https://vimeo.com/19153948

Also, watch the 14-minute video about Pohakuloa — “Now that you know, do you care?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r10eRMjIRw

STOP BOMBING

POHAKULOA!

Protest Experience Pohakuloa Day 8:30 AM PTA Main Gate

Car pools leave Hilo –Saddle Rd. & Komohana at 7:30 AM

If you prefer not to go close to PTA, set up picket lines on

the Hilo and Kona sides of Saddle Rd.

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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