Archive for January, 2013

Kulani Pu’uhonua NOT Kulani Prison

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Please support this effort for Kulani Pu’uhonua.  Mahalo.


Dear Friends,

Please send in your comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment on Kulani by February 7, 2013 to Mr. Chester Koga, AICP, R.M. Towill Corporation, 2024 North King Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI 96819.
His email is
You can write anything.  However, we ask you to support the position of Ohana Ho`opakele in asking that Kulani become, not a prison, but a Hawaiians Only Pu`uhonua!
Enclosed is our 8-page statement submitted at the hearing on January 22, 2012 at 4 pm in the Aupuni Conference Room in Hilo.  We want to see if they will change the Draft Environmental Assessment by the next hearing on January 31, 2013 at 5 pm at the Keaau Community Center.  If they make no changes, there is no good faith on the part of the Department of Public Safety.
If you can attend, please do and come with written statements!  (They are only allowing 2 minutes “for questions”)
If they make no changes as requested to the Final Environmental Assessment, Ohana Ho`opakele will request an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement), a stricter study be done.  If they refuse, or do not include the changes into the EIS, Ohana Ho`opakele will ask for a “Contested Case Hearing” to he held.
For all of this to happen, we need your support!
Ron Fujiyoshi
for Ohana Ho`opakele

Fascism in the name of “Freedom & Democracy”

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The World’s Greatest Threat!

American militarism & the national security state that has evolved since 9/11 & the government’s methods of instilling propagandized fear in the American people are all means used to justify the policies & expansion of that national security state. It’s Fascism wrapped in the mantle of freedom & democracy making it the most insidious form of authoritarian despotism.”

  “Most Americans seem in a state of denial or so into mindless distraction they are incapable and/or choose to remain in the dark of what America has become. (There appears a) callous indifference by those who should know better seemingly insulated from the horror of the government’s policies… abroad and increasingly domestically.

      “The occupy movement momentarily flushed out from the shadows the greed and most egregious workings of the corporatist oligarchy that has created the plutocracy that underwrites the national security state. Legal dissent and whistle blowing leaks are attacked with vigor as the government resorts to lock-down secrecy and all justified and legalized by Justice Department memos kept secret for reasons of national security.

“In the bad ole USSR the people knew the state was the enemy. Not so in America where flag waving triumphalism is the “kool aid” propaganda drunk by the masses who are encouraged to engage in mindless distractions (like Superbowl Sunday)…

“Except for those few… who challenge the national security apparatus… the government would do all its mendacity in complete secrecy. The Congress is more like the “Duma” in the old Soviet Union. Oversight is an anachronism. Better to be engaged in “fiscal cliff” nonsense and unnecessary austerity measure arguments that keep the pot “boiling” but further distract the people from engaging in the real issues i.e. the malfeasance of the government’s illegal wars, the nonsensical war on terror, the dictatorial powers of the unitary executive, the NDAA, warrantless wiretapping, extraordinary rendition, indefinite detention, torture, the targeted assassination of American citizens, etc…

“(The Unites States of America) is the greatest threat in the world and most people outside America know it. But that seems incomprehensible or denied by most Americans, except Native Americans (and Kanaka Maoli) who know all too well the government sponsored genocide inflicted on them.”

Edited article written by Dave Lefcourt. See complete article at

Don’t Drink the “Kool Aid”

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.  5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622 Emai ja@malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. 1, 2013– 593rd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Support Abel and Kawa

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

A MEETING TO UPDATE THE PUBLIC about Kawa and how the county is planning to move forward is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Na`alehu Community Center. Mayor Billy Kenoi’s executive assistant Karen Tashima, who is currently heading the Kawa project, said that the main goal is to have the community say they want to work together with the county to manage the property. Tashima said that concerned individuals have called to ask about the direction of the project. “There is a story going around that the county is making Kawa into a park, but that’s not what we are going to do,” Tashima said. She added that various kupuna expressed that they don’t want Kawa to become another beach park. In an effort to support the community’s desires and address concerns raised by members of the public, the talk-story meeting is open to all. The individuals who expressed concerns directly to the county about Kawa were contacted and encouraged to attend, said Tashima.
      Currently, the public is allowed to access the beach at Kawa on foot from Hwy 11 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., seven days a week. However, as visitors are guests on county property, they are asked to follow a few basic rules: no camping, no alcohol and no littering or polluting. In the interest of sanitation, the county is providing the use of two portable lua at the main entrance. Tashima said, “There is a 24-hour police patrol,” to ensure that all visitors comply.
To inform the public about the natural resources present at Kawa, representatives of the Department of Land and Natural Resources will give a short presentation and answer questions. Tashima noted that Kawa has “one of the largest estuaries in the state and is home to a lot of native birds.”
Tashima said that some fishermen and kupuna have expressed difficulty in having to walk or carry equipment between the highway and the beach and that “eventually there may be the possibility of moving the gate further down the leveled road to allow easier access. However, it will be limited.”
Regarding handmade signs posted outside the main entrance to Kawa along Hwy 11, Tashima said that police had called the county to notify them about the signs, and when police returned after 6 p.m. to check on the situation, the signs had already been removed.

Rally for Mauna Kea

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Please support the KAHEA below and help pass the word.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email Visit us on the web at


We are putting a kahea out to all to join together in a Rally to stand up and be idle no more for the protection of our Mauna a Wakea (Mauna Kea).

Feb. 12 (Tues) 9:30 – 10:30 am @ Hawaii County Building in Hilo

Our ohana is one of six petitioners (Flores-Case Ohana, Kealoha Pisciotta of Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, Clarence Kuauakahi Ching, Paul Neves, Deborah Ward, & KAHEA) engaged in the contested case hearing to protect Mauna a Wakea from further desecration and destruction. After the rally at 11:00, petitioners will present oral arguments to the Board of Land and Natural Resources requesting that they revoke the permit for the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope that would be over 18 stories high and the TALLEST building on the island and excavating over 8 acres of the sacred landscape on the mountain.

It will take more than six petitioners to stand up for the Mauna at this time. It will take all of us in the love and light of Aloha to send the message that our connection to the aina is still strong and that we stand steadfast in the truth that our Mauna is still sacred!

Please send the attached flyer and fact sheet to your email contacts and spread the word. Also attached is jpg file that can be posted on your FB.  If you are not able to attend the opening rally on February 12, please pule for all involved that day on both sides, send your Aloha with intentions of connecting with your love and support for the sacred landscape of our ancestors and our children now and to come…

I ka piko o ke aloha,
E. Kalani Flores, B. Pua Case, & Ohana

Described below is cultural insight shared by the ancestral kupuna, kupua, and guardians that still dwell on the top of the Mauna.

This mountain was called Mauna a W?kea (Mountain of W?kea) because unlike any other in the Pacific, it pierces above the clouds into the atmosphere and heavenly realm of W?kea that envelops Papahanaumoku.

Sacred mountains such as Mauna a W?kea, due to their geological composition and extreme
height, are a piko (portal) that allows for the transference of energy from one source to another. This understanding is reflected in the traditional Hawaiian concept of the triple piko of a person. In essence, the piko on the summit of the mountain is comparable to the piko located on the tops of one’s head at the fontanel.

It is this piko on top of the summit where energies and life forces flow from higher dimensions and the Creator and are then transferred into the Earth. Likewise, the piko on top of one’s head receives life forces from higher dimensions and the Creator into one’s body. [see photo in email: On 4 March 2011, a photograph was taken from Waimea by Kehaulani Marshall showing a portal opening above the piko of Mauna a W?kea when such an event was occurring.]

When the piko of the summit is obstructed with the physical excavation of the landscape, asphalt and cement pavement, metal posts implanted in ground, buildings, and construction, it curtails or prevents this flow of energy. Thus, the development on the summit is causing adverse impacts and significant obstructions to the life forces that flow into these islands through this piko. Due to the immense size of the proposed TMT project, it will cause substantial, significant, and cumulative adverse impacts upon Mauna a W?kea.

It is difficult to explain to those who have forgotten or lack an understanding of why such a place as Mauna a W?kea is sacred. The knowing of Mauna a W?kea as being kapu (sacred) was known from the time of the ancient ones. It is for this reason that amongst the countless
ancestors of Kanaka Maoli and numerous ali‘i (chiefly) dynasties that lived in these islands, they never built any heiau (temples) or large structures on the summit in this realm that is considered kapu.

In the times of our ancestors, prior to structures being constructed, one would consult with individuals such as kahuna kuhikuhi pu‘uone who specialized in protocols associated with the selection of such sites so as not to create a physical and/or spiritual disturbance, disconnection, or imbalance between man and his akua, and between man and his environment. We charge that this process of consultation with those recognized as the ancestral akua and kupua of Mauna a W?kea was not done by the Applicant and was also never done by any previous projects.

The greatest obstacle in the protection of sacred places is a lack of understanding of why these places are significant and so special. It has been forgotten when humans interacted with the natural forces and energies of this Earth. Those who have forgotten are products of their social, educational, and/or religious systems. From the modern mindset, most people can recognize the significance of a church building, appreciate the majestic and sacred architecture of a cathedral or synagogue, or be in awe of ancient pyramid and temple structures. However, it seems more difficult for modern minds to recognize that places in nature which bears no special markings or buildings are also considered sacred.
There are countless mountains around the world considered sacred by cultures past and present.  These holy mountains are also keystones to indigenous religions that regarded these areas as the abodes of certain gods, goddesses, deities, divine beings, natural forces, and spirits. In addition, pilgrimages to sacred mountains have been taking place for thousands of years.

The ancestral akua, kupua, and kupuna who are connected to Mauna a W?kea as well as the sacred and cultural landscape will be directly and immediately affected by the proposed TMT project.

From Vietnam to Newtown to Afghanistan

Thursday, January 24th, 2013



A Killing Nation!

Since 1975, nearly three times as many Vietnam veterans have committed suicide than were killed in the war. Fifty-eight-thousand-plus Americans died in the Vietnam War. Over 150,000 have committed suicide since the war ended. Today, more U.S. troops are dying from suicide than dying in combat. What will be the number of veteran suicides 30 years from now for the current wars of empire?

Kill Anything That Moves: The

Real American War in Vietnam

Nick Turse (Author)

Based on classified documents and first-person interviews, a startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians

Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by “a few bad apples.” But as award winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this groundbreaking investigation, violence against Vietnamese noncombatants was not at all exceptional during the conflict. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of orders to “kill anything that moves.”

Drawing on more than a decade of research in secret Pentagon files and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals for the first time how official policies resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded. In shocking detail, he lays out the workings of a military machine that made crimes in almost every major American combat unit all but inevitable. Kill Anything That Moves takes us from archives filled with Washington’s long-suppressed war crime investigations to the rural Vietnamese hamlets that bore the brunt of the war; from boot camps where young American soldiers learned to hate all Vietnamese to bloodthirsty campaigns like Operation Speedy Express, in which a general obsessed with body counts led soldiers to commit what one participant called “a My Lai a month.”

Thousands of Vietnam books later, Kill Anything That Moves, devastating and definitive, finally brings us face to face with the truth of a war that haunts Americans to this day.

Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, etc. – Has

anything changed since Vietnam ?

 1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622 Emai ja@malu-aina.org
Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Jan. 25, 2013– 592nd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office