Archive for June, 2014

Support Mauna Kea

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Aloha to all who regard our Mauna as sacred,

We are asking you our friends, relations, relatives, our kanaka to please submit testimony before Friday. This is the moment when we must come together for our Mauna….We are all in this together.

Subject: Regarding TMT Sublease – Action requested before Friday (Jun 13)


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Aloha Kakou…  Mauna Kea is facing another critical time in regards to proposed further desecration of our sacred piko with the Board of Land and Natural Resources possibly approving a Sublease to the TMT International Organization. Please read the following information and we encourage you to either compose testimony as an email or letter of your own or use the statements drafted below and please send it to William Aila
before June 13 (Friday’s BLNR meeting) because we as the public must be involved in what is happening on the Mauna…

BLNR Chair William Aila, Jr., DLNR
Kalanimoku Building
1151 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Ph: (808) 587-0400


To: William Aila Jr., BLNR Chair

Aloha William and BLNR members,
I am in agreement with the statement below.  For me, the last line covers it all.  BLNR’s duty to protect Mauna Kea is taking a back seat to financial interests.  It is the same process that has put human survival on the path of self-destruction due to human induced climate change.  We need a global change in priorities and we need it now!  Put the sacred before dollars and let it begin with Mauna Kea.  Deny the sublease for TMT.  I Mahalo you on behalf of future generations and our ancestors.

Jim Albertini

Item D-8: Consent to Sublease under General Lease No. S-4191 to the University of Hawaiʻi, Lessee, to TMT International Observatory LLC, Sublessee, Kaʻohe, Hāmākua, Island of Hawaiʻi, Tax Map Key: (3) 4-4-015: 009 por.

We, concerned Kanaka Maoli and other residents of Hawai’i, demand that the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) not consent to this Sublease for the following reasons:

·       UH has not disclosed the valuation methodology for determining the annual lease rent being proposed.  An independent appraiser should provide a basis for determining the fair market value as well as substantial annual rent.

A sublease should not be issued for a project that extends beyond the life of the existing Master Lease that terminates in 2033. It is common knowledge that the life of the TMT Observatory is more then 50 years and would extend over 30 years beyond 2033.Would the partners of the TMT observatory be prepared to decommission the TMT project if a new Master Lease is not executed?

·       This Sublease should not be approved until a final ruling regarding the CDUP HA-3568 has been rendered in the appeal process in the Hawaii State Intermediate Court of Appeals and State Supreme Court.

This Sublease should not be approved until Section 106 and consultation with Native Hawaiians regarding the TMT project has been completed as required by federal law as outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act.

The BLNR has the fiduciary duty and oversight to protect our interests, lands, and resources of Mauna Kea.

Rampant Militarism Rules!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Break the Silence

A World War is Beckoning


     “Why do we ­tolerate the threat of ­another world war in our name? Why do we allow lies that justify this risk…? Every year the American historian William Blum publishes his “updated summary of the record of US foreign policy” which shows that, since 1945, the US has tried to ­overthrow more than 50 governments, many democratically elected; grossly interfered in elections in 30 countries; bombed the civilian populations of 30 countries; used chemical and biological weapons; and attempted to assassinate foreign leaders…

      “The degree of human ­suffering, let alone criminality, is little acknowledged in the west, despite the presence of the world’s most advanced communications and nominally freest journalism. That the most numerous victims of terrorism – “our” terrorism – are Muslims, is unsayable. The name of “our” enemy has changed over the years, from communism to Islamism, but generally it is any society independent of western power and occupying strategically useful or resource-rich territory…

      “Washington’s role in Ukraine is ­different only in its implications for the rest of us. For the first time since the Reagan years, the US is ­threatening to take the world to war. With eastern Europe and the Balkans now military outposts of Nato, the last “buffer state” bordering Russia is being torn apart. We in the west are backing neo-Nazis in a country where Ukrainian Nazis backed Hitler…

      “Like the ruins of Iraq and Afghanistan, Ukraine has been turned into a CIA theme park – run by CIA director John Brennan in Kiev, with “special units” from the CIA and FBI setting up a “security structure” that oversees savage attacks on those who opposed the February coup…

      “A popular truism is that “the world changed” following 9/11. But what has changed? According to the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, a silent coup has taken place in Washington and rampant militarism now rules. The Pentagon ­currently runs “special operations” – secret wars – in 124 countries. At home, rising poverty and hemorrhaging liberty are the historic corollary of a perpetual war state. Add the risk of nuclear war, and the question begs: why do we tolerate this?”

John Pilger is the author of Freedom Next Time. His website is: www.johnpilger.comSee the full article here

Hawai’i is one of the most densely militarized places on earth. Rampant militarism rules!

Why do we tolerate this? 

Resist with Aloha!

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.
Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622.

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (June 6, 2014 – 663rd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Pu’uhonua NOT Prison article in Hawaii Tribune Herald today

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

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

UH Regents pick Lassner over General for UH President

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Breaking News

Monday, June 02, 2014

Regents select Lassner as next UH president
David Lassner was selected Monday to lead the University of Hawaii system as its 15th president.