Archive for October, 2013

Youth Speaks Truth to Power!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013


(Photo of Malala and President Obama)

President Obama invited Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls’ education, to meet with his family. And she promptly explained that what he is doing works against her agenda and fuels terrorism. Malala is a victim of violence in Pakistan, having been attacked by religious fanatics opposed to her work. But Obama may not have expected her to speak up against other forms of violence in her country.

Malala recounted: “I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education, it will make a big impact.”

Drones train on Oahu and at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the center of Hawaii Island.

Please sign the petition to ban weaponized drones, and tell every person and organization you possibly can about Register your awareness and agreement here.

Stop the Killing! Ground the Drones!

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 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i 96760. Phone (808) 966-7622. Email

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (October 18, 2013– 630th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Please Distribute Widely for Mauna Kea

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013






The discussion regarding the NEXT Master Lease for Mauna Kea is being negotiated now. New lease provisions will soon decide the land management regime of the Summit for the next 65 years.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the University of Hawaii (UH) want a new long-term, generous and favorable lease for the continued internationally prestigious astronomy development. Specifically, the Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory corporation (made up of the University of California and CalTech, along with foreign partners from Canada, Japan, China, and India) needs new Mauna Kea leases to legally begin construction on their 18 story tall, $1.4 Billion observatory.

If the DLNR fails to seek public input or from the cultural practitioners, the people of Hawaii cannot help but see this as an act of bad faith. Moreover, the fact that the DLNR may exempt this new lease from Chapter 343 regarding EIS requirements cannot but be compared to the Public Land Development Corporation, which Hawaii’s people have successfully opposed.

It is also not enough for the Kahu Ku Mauna Council, a hand-picked few, chosen to advise the University of Hawaii at Hilo on Mauna Kea matters, to sign off on the new lease, for all Hawaiians.

The UH got exactly what they wanted the first time, a $1.00 a year lease and near-unfettered control of the summit. What did the State of Hawai‘i receive in return for this agreement?  When the University was audited by the state in 1998, State Auditor Marion Higa concluded:

“Over thirty years have passed since construction of the first telescope on Mauna Kea.  During this period, little was done to protect its natural

resources. The university, as the leaseholder, should have provided sufficient protection to the natural resources and controlled public access and use. These requirements have not been adequately met. The Department of Land and Natural Resources, in its role as landlord, should have overseen the university’s activities and enforced permit conditions and regulations in protecting the State’s interests. Neither state agency has been proactive in maintaining the conservation district. The University has failed in the management of these lands.”

The University continues to fail in its protection of the natural and cultural heritage that is Mauna Kea.


The public must be involved. The Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, including those who were compelled to rely on the judicial system, must be a party in the discussions and decision making.

Any decision regarding future Mauna Kea leases needs to be made in the full light of public scrutiny, with public input and public awareness of consequences of the lease arrangement. The failures of improper land management that began in 1968 must not be cemented into the next 65 year lease.

We need communications from many individuals and organizations asking DLNR Chairman William Aila and the UH Board of Regents to hold public hearings on this controversial land management issue.


Kalanimoku Building

1151 Punchbowl St.

Honolulu, HI 96813

Ph: (808) 587-0400

UH Board of Regents

2444 Dole Street, Bachman Hall, Room 209

Honolulu, HI 96822

tel (808)956-8213

fax (808)956-5156


Mahalo for your Actions

Contact Nelson Ho for more information.

Nelson Ho
198 Hoku St.

Ph. 933-2650 c: 315-4850
Hilo, HI 96720

Hearing on Hawaii County Bill to Ban GMO -Tues. Oct. 15th

Monday, October 14th, 2013
GMO 4PM Hearing Tuesday, Oct. 15th

Please go to the Hawaii County Council hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 15th at 4PM in Kona, or go to one of the county satellite sites around the island, –Waimea, Hilo, Pahoa to testify in support of Bill 113 Draft 2 to ban further GMO plantings in Hawaii County.  This is a very significant step for the future of Hawaii County and the world.
Dennis “Fresh” Onishi has introduced several amendments which appear to broaden the exemptions, requires no registration, and waters down the intent of law.  I do not support these amendments.
Please pass the word to others and encourage them to attend even if they do not intend to testify.

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

Peace meeting to discuss Gov’t Shutdown and Debt Crisis

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Aloha Peace Ohana,
There will be a meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 from 7-9PM at the Kea’au Community Center to discuss the current Government Shutdown, and economic crisis of possible government default on its debt, as well as other concerns related to justice and peace.  Please pass the word.  Mahalo.

Meanwhile check out the article below by Chris Hedges.
By Chris Hedges
The Folly of Empire

The populations of dying empires are passive because they are lotus-eaters. There is a narcotic-like reverie among those barreling toward oblivion. They retreat into the sexual, the tawdry and the inane, retreats that are momentarily pleasurable but ensure self-destruction. They naively trust it will all work out. It is collective self-delusion, a retreat into magical thinking.

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

Support Bill 113 draft 2 to Ban GMOs in Hawaii County

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Send in Testimony on GMO bill by noon Monday

Send to:

Sample testimony below:

Aloha Council members,

Please support Bill 113 Draft 2
I oppose the amendments in Comm. 393.52/393.53/ 393.54/ 393.55

I believe Bill 113 Draft 2 is an important stand for the democratic rights  of citizens of Hawaii county against the overdue influence of corporate agribusiness.  Bill 113 is an important step to  protect Hawaii County and the planet from the toxic influence of GMO crops.

By passing Bill 113 draft 2 we are saying  STOP the continued corruption of our democracy by corporate money, stop the poisoning of our environment,  stop the loss of biodiversity and the continued assault on the basic rights of farmers and citizens around the world by GMO corporations such as Monsanto.

Hawaii County can be a model of sustainability for the world.  Passing Bill 113 draft 2 is a very positive step in the right direction.

Jim Albertini,
farmer in Kurtistown for 33 years.


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