Archive for April, 2013

Hawaiian Activists and friend, Moana Tavares, died today

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Aloha peace ohana,

Hawaiian activist and friend, Moana Tavares, died today around noon.  She was surrounded by her brother, daughter and grandchild.  She had been battling cancer the past several years.  Moana was a very upbeat spirit and at peace.  I saw her on Thursday and I went to see her today arriving about an hour or so after she died.  Moana blessed us in many ways –including her faithful witness for peace and justice, and by sharing in the life and work at Malu Aina.  We extend to her and her family our deepest mahalo and fondest aloha for the many blessings of being a part of her life.

Jim Albertini


Celebrate Earth Day! Stop the Bombing!

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Aloha ‘Aina

Stop Bombing


Stop the desecration and

contamination of Hawaiian

Kingdom Crown Lands at


Sunday, April 28, 2013

10AM till Noon

Pohakuloa Main Gate

Pot Luck Picnic at Mauna Kea Park following the protest

(car pools leave Hilo bayfront parking lot makai/Hamakua side of Pauahi St. Kamehameha Ave. intersection at 9AM sharp. Bring water, sunscreen, and be prepared for cool, possibly wet, weather) This is a peaceful, non-violent protest, in solidarity with global anti-drone protests taking place throughout the month of April. Please show respect to all, even those that disagree with us.

      Pohakuloa is the largest U.S. live-fire training area outside the U.S. It is 133,000-acres, nearly 5 times the size of Kaho’olawe. The base is known to be contaminated with Depleted Uranium (DU) and other military toxins. Continued live-fire, and other activities that create dust, risks spreading the radiation and other toxic contamination.

      Pohakuloa is also used for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) training. The U.S. is using drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, the Philippines, etc. for surveillance and targeted assassinations, including Americans. Thousands of people, including many innocent children, have been killed by U.S. drones resulting in increasing hatred of the U.S. around the world.

      We pray that the U.S. not do to others what the U.S. has already done and continues to do to Hawaii: unlawfully occupy its government and nation, desecrate its sacred sites, contaminate its air, land, water, people, plants, and animals with military toxins.

Ground the Drones!

Void the Unlawful Military Lease now!

Pohakuloa is a place for peace &


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 (April 19, 2013– 604th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Support Puna Pono Alliance!

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Support  Puna Pono Alliance!

To All Hawai’i Residents, Especially People of Puna, (and lovers of Hawai’i, everywhere!)

A very important fundraiser is happening!
The Puna Pono Alliance will receive all proceeds from this event to be
held at Laakea on May 4th.

Puna Pono alliance is the main organization trying to establish
safeguards, regulation and oversight at the current geothermal plant.
PPA has established working relationships with county coucilors, state
legislatures and activists statewide. THEY HAVE WORKED TO PRESERVE PUNA
presence at farmers markets, and many other events. They maintain a
robust web site full of geothermal information at:

(if you are not able to make it to the fundraiser but would like to donate you can do so here)

PPA is twenty times as important when considering the 20 sites being
looked into for possible future geothermal.

I have been attending PPA meetings for a few months. These Puna
residents are sincere and organized, effective, established, networked
and in need of support. Their bank balance is near zero. Keep these
hardworking volunteers supported.
It’s an ambitious amount!
It would allow PPA to focus on protecting Puna’s future, rather then
more fundraising.
below is schedule for the fundraiser:

At Laakea
on Saturday, May 4th

1:00 silent auction begins. CALL DENNIS WITH DONATIONS: 651-644-7447

1:00 Puna Pono panel on geothermal.
2:00 Geoffrey Last will speak on explaining the dangers of geothermal to
your neighbor.
2:30 Bob Petricci will speak on what Puna Pono is currently devoting
time to.
3:00:Facilitated small group discussions of goethermal in Puna. GET
4:00 Break
4:30: Surprise performance!
5:00 Silent action announcements.

5:00:Puna grown food, Imu (Pit cooked) Lamb and Pork and Taro, Vegan

6:30- 8:30 Live Marimba Music with Kunzwanana and Mwenje Marimba
Ensembles. DANCE!!!

$10-$30 entrance donation, no one will be turned away.

DIG DEEP for this one. CONTRIBUTE! Puna Pono is the people’s
advocate for safety, and keeping Puna’s land, water and air clean!

Biko for more information 443- 4076
Puna pono on the web at: <>
Laakea is located 4 miles out of Pahoa towards Kalapana on hwy #130 LOOK

Support for Nā Leo ʻO Hawaiʻi Community Television is needed

Monday, April 15th, 2013
Support for Nā Leo ʻO Hawaiʻi Community Television is needed
Aloha e Jim, I’m writing to ask for your support as our community television station comes up for contract renewal. I’m hoping you can spread the word.
The mission of Nā Leo ʻO Hawaiʻi is to facilitate diverse community, education and government dialog and expression through television access for the people of the County of Hawai‘i. We believe an informed public makes for a better society.
Nā Leo ʻO Hawaiʻi has been supporting Hawai‘i Island since 1993 by giving our community the means for a voice and now we need the community’s support by writing the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) a letter on behalf of Nā Leo ʻO Hawaiʻi so we may continue our mission.
Nā Leo ʻO Hawaiʻi has applied to renew our contract with the State of Hawai‘i to provide Public, Educational and Government (PEG) services for the County of Hawai‘i.
Whether it’s the Hawai‘i County Council, Hawai‘i State Capitol meetings, community meetings, religious or political programming, youth programming, music, hula, or entertainment programming the channels that Nā Leo ʻO Hawaiʻi cablecast are a powerful voice for democracy.
In a time when media consolidation is rampant and newspapers are cutting back on Hawai‘i Island coverage Nā Leo ʻO Hawaiʻi has taken on a greater importance to fulfill our namesake providing the voices of Hawai‘i Island.
With the commercial Oahu television stations continuing to be Oahu, some may even say Honolulu, centric Nā Leo ʻO Hawaiʻi highlights our community, not just the bad news as Honolulu media covers it but also the good things that enrich our society.
Having a letter of support from you would be excellent. Encouraging others to write or testify would also go a long way to further our plans to server our community here on Hawai‘i Island. Letters of support can be made via postal mail, fax or email to:
Cable Television Division
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
PO Box 541
Honolulu, HI 96809
Fax: (808) 586-2525
Public hearings on Nā Leo ʻO Hawaiʻi Community Television’s application for PEG Designation are coming up in April.
West Hawaii Franchise (Kona)
Date: Monday, April 22, 2013
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: West Hawaii Civic Center, Building G, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
East Hawaii Franchise (Hilo)
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Aupuni Center Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Hilo HI 96720
Mahalo Nui Loa,
Baron A. Sekiya
Baron Sekiya
General Manager, Nā Leo ʻO Hawaiʻi Community Television
Oceanic Time Warner Cable Channels: 53, 54, 55
91 Mohouli Street
Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720
Web:   Phone: 808-935-8874   Fax: 808-961-3621

For Aloha ‘Aina — Love of the Land

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

FYI  Please sign the petition and watch the video. Your feedback would be appreciated.

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Stop the bombing of Pohakuloa
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:26:05 -1000
From: Dawn Kaniaupio <>
To: Dawn Kaniaupio <>
Aloha no,

we recently finished a video for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Kamakakoi website that examines the continued bombing of Pohakuloa and the damage that is inflicted on this sacred place, the destruction of cultural sites and the health risks to those who live in surrounding areas.  

Please watch the video on the attached site, then go to the website and sign the petition to halt the bombing until further tests and studies can be completed.