Archive for September, 2013

Reminder on 9-11 Peace Vigil in Hilo

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Obama, realizing he didn’t have the votes in Congress nor public opinion for an attack on Syria, has withdrawn his request to Congress.  Hopefully diplomacy not military strikes will prevail, but we must keep the pressure on for No Attack on Syria.  Please join the vigil on 9-11.  Details below.  Mahalo.

9-11 Commemoration & Syria Peace Vigil in Hilo

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Aloha Kakou,
In solidarity with Occupy Hilo, Malu ‘Aina is co- sponsoring a 9-11 commemoration peace vigil on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 5-8 PM fronting Wallgreens/Walmart in Hilo.  The vigil will transition from sign holding to candlelight vigil to the Hilo light brigade.  Come for a portion or the entire 3 hrs.  Given the pending possible U.S. attack on Syria, signs for NO Attack, NO More War seem quite appropriate. Please come in the spirit of aloha and show respect to all, even those who oppose us.
Please help pass the word.  Bring a sign, a candle, and your spirit for justice and peace in our world.  Mahalo.

PS  Hawaii senator Brian Schatz and Congreswoman Colleen Hanabusa have publicly stated they will vote AGAINST any U.S. military strike on Syria.  Senator Mazie Hirono and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard have not decided.  Please call their offices to say No Attack on Syria.  Senator Hirono’s Honolulu office number is 808-522-8970.  In Washington, DC it is 202-224-6361.  Congresswoman Gabbard’s Honolulu number is 808-541-1986.  Her DC number is 202-225-4906

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

A warning to Obama by former US intelligence people

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

A very important article

Peace pledge: you will not vote to reelect anyone who votes for war.

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Please sign the pledge and pass it on to others.  Mahalo. Jim

Ban GMOs in Hawaii County

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Testimony before the Committee on Public Safety & Mass Transit (2 min. time limit)

by Jim Albertini, president of Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education and Action

Kurtistown Hawaii.

33 years farming in Kurtistown growing a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables

 Testimony in Support of Bill 109 and Bill 113 to Ban GMOs in Hawaii County

I like the direct, comprehensive nature of Bill 109. If I would change anything, it would be to eliminate jail time as a consequence. We don’t need to put more people in Jail. As for Bill 113, I like the simply stated prohibition, but the exemptions seem way too broad with no sunset date.

The basic issue is this: Genetic engineering (GE) and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are not part of the natural process. GMOs are not hybrids. Let’s be clear about that. The unintended consequences of GMOs like the consequences of global warming, may be irreparable. Given such possibilities, it is time to practice the precautionary principle. It is the pono thing to do for people, plants, and animals, for the land, for the water, the air, for the earth itself.

The spirituality of Native people the world over has a reverence for nature and natural processes. There is a genuine organic interconnection of people to nature. People are not separate from nature. It is realized when we destroy nature we destroy ourselves. Arrogance comes in when people separate themselves from nature and from one another and begin to view everything as a commodity to be bought and sold for personal gain. Industrial agribusiness and GMOs are examples of this.

If our world is to survive we need to return to nature and respect for natural processes and the environment and begin to restore what we have lost. We need action from the council and we need it now to stop GMOs in Hawaii County. Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

Sept. 4, 2013


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