Archive for March, 2013

Hawaii vies to be named test site for drone program – Pacific Business News

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013


Why is Senator Espero encouraging spy drone center in Ewa?

“Hawaii is one of the places competing to be named as a test site that would allow drones to share airspace with commercial aircraft.

The FAA expects to select the sites this year and have the first one operational in 2013.

“It’s not just about the companies [that make the aircraft], it’s about jobs and all this [economic] type of stuff,” said Jeff Williams, president and CEO of Ewa Beach-based Williams Aerospace.

Williams Aerospace makes drones with wingspans ranging from two to 10 feet, with the larger version being able to carry up to 55 pounds.

State legislators have drafted resolutions in the house and senate in support of getting a testing center and advancing Hawaii in the aerospace industry. No money has been allocated at this time.

“Hawaii is the perfect location to do this testing,” said Sen. Will Espero, D-Ewa Beach-Waipahu. “We have all the major branches of the military located here. We have mountains, valleys, country, city and a vast ocean of emptiness around us. We have all the main ingredients.”

10 Year Anniversary of U.S. Attack on Iraq

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Below is an important article on what the U.S. has done to Iraq in terms of destruction and long-term consequences from Depleted Uranium, etc.  It also has import for us living on an island where depleted uranium has been used in training by the U.S. military.  Please share this link with others.  Mahalo.  Jim Albertini


Geothermal Community Meeting

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Geothermal update 3/18/13 and Community meeting……..


Puna Pono Alliance is hosting a community meeting next Saturday, March 23, beginning at 4pm at the Akebone Theater in Pahoa.

Most of you have heard about the latest accident at Puna Geothermal Venture last Wednesday. PPA has scheduled an informational meeting and will be collecting community accounts about the venting at PGV. Please come and help us spread the word.

HAAS school principle Steve Hirakami will be facilitating the meeting and we have invited Hawaii County Civil Defense chief Darryl Oliveira, who agreed to come and speak to the community. We also have invited the the state Department of Health, Mayor Billy Kenoi, PGV, Harry Kim, Senator Russell Ruderman and Representative Faye Hanohano to hear the communities concerns and hopefully help us to create a more functional plan for the future.

We are asking the Hawaii State Department of Health and Hawaii County Civil Defense to help us prepare forms to better evaluate the impacts on the community. We will be collecting information and ideas from you at the meeting to use in asking for a better monitoring and emergency response.

We also want water testing made available for catchments in the area, the aquifer (Water wells), surface waters including Greenlake, the Hot Pond, and the near shore ocean from Kapoho to Pohoiki.

It is our hope that we will find a way to ensure the community is protected particularly during the next incidents and accidents.  Did you know what to do, or who to call, or where to go if need be? Many people did not, we need to change that.

We are asking DOH and Hawaii County to help us prepare a list and publish it that will have the information people need when there are geothermal accidents or incidents. Most of the people we talked to did not know who to call or have the phone numbers or know how to file an official report to document problems or impacts.

Please come to this meeting and help us as we try to work with the state and county to better protect our community, tell your family, your neighbors and your friends, they can help us now.

Sorry for the short notice, we need to get the information ASAP.

Everyone is welcome but this is a PPA informational meeting not a protest, please be respectful of everyone that comes. I have told them this is not a PR event, we want answers not spin. That will only happen if everyone treats each other with respect. I know some of you are upset, so am I. However we have an organization in PPA that can get more done if we put document our issues, put them on paper, and present them as a community. Letting our frustration get the better of us will not be as effective. Work with us, help us find ways to really make things better. Thank you.

For more information call Barb Cuttance 339-4344

Mahalo to everyone that helped last us Wednesday. The community pulled together and documented this accident pretty well independent of any government agencies. Our experience and organization is starting to pay off. If anyone knows the name of the family that evacuated to the Pahoa Community Center during the incident we would like to talk to them. If you saw the venting, smelled the gases, or had other problems we would like to talk to you.

See you Saturday

Bob Petricci

Cancel the Lease!

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Exclusive: State in negotiations to renew Pohakuloa lease to Army

The State of Hawaii is in negotiations with the US Army for a new lease for Pohakuloa Training Area, according to a staff memo obtained by The Hawaii Independent.

PTA is the major Army training facility for the Pacific region, consisting of a massive 108,863 acre parcel in the saddle of Hawaii Island. About one quarter of PTA – 24,048 – was leased from the State of Hawaii in 1964 for a 65-year period. That’s the area that is being re-negotiated right now.

One question is why the renegotiation is taking place 14 years prior to the end of the lease. According to the staff memo, the Army sent a letter in October of 2012, requesting that the 1964 lease be terminated.

The reason for the request is to relocate the base camp at the east end of Bradshaw Airfield to safeguard personnel and facilities, which will require significant capital improvements. The General Accounting Office advised Applicant that it would need to secure a long-term interest in the premises to justify the investment in such improvements.

That statement doesn’t correspond with our interview with a key Bradshaw Airfield staffer, who said that he wasn’t aware of plans to relocate the base camp, which is primarily kwansit huts and a few conventional structures built in the 1950s.

Changes from the previous lease

The new lease makes some additional changes to the previous 1964 agreement.

Endangered species habitat. 1,065 acres taken out for palila habitat on the Mauna Kea side of the new Saddle Road alignment.

Unexploded ordnance. State land department officials are also recommending that the U.S. Army be held responsible for the cleanup of unexploded ordnance on the leased land. The old lease stated that the government will “remove weapons and shells used in connection with its training activities to the extent that technical and economic capability exists and provided that expenditures for removal of shells will not exceed the fair market value of the land.”

DLNR staff, according to the memo received, are arguing that “those requirements should survive the cancellation of the lease and be incorporated into the new lease.”

Decision-making on new lease

DLNR Chair William Aila said Friday that the lease will not come to the land board for a vote within the next three or four months. But one thing is certain: it won’t be subject to a new EIS, because it qualifies for Exemption Class No.1, “involving negligible or no expansion or change of use beyond that previously existing.”

Learn how to make You Tube videos

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Kerri Marks will do a  free You Tube training workshop at 1:30 Sat. 3/23rd at Just Cruisin Coffee downtown Hilo (corner of Aupuni St. and Kilauea Ave.)  Plan for an hour or so. Bring a laptop computer if you have one.

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