Archive for March, 2017

Protect Pohakuloa! Stop the Bombing!

Thursday, March 30th, 2017
POHAKULOA (BIVN) – Recent military training has riled island residents, and as activist Jim Albertini explains, the noise is only part of the problem.

Group photo at Pohakuloa March 29, 2017

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Just some of the many people who came out today to Protect Pohakuloa and stand for justice, peace and the earth!  Mahalo to all!

Protect Pohakuloa

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017


Stop Bombing Hawaii!


                                                                     Radiation symbol    

                                                                                                      radiation monitor at PTA showing 62 CPM

      On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 people gathered outside the main gates of the 133,000-acre Military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), located in the center of Hawaii Island to stand for peace and protect sacred lands from further military bombing desecration and contamination. The group of protectors carried signs, offered Hawaiian chants, sang and prayed, as howitzer shells exploded in the distance, sending dust clouds high into the air. They also conducted radiation monitoring.

      Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions have been used at Pohakuloa. The winds and continued use of high explosives can resuspend DU oxide dust particles which can then be inhaled. Dr. Lorrin Pang MD and retied Army Medical Corps, says “DU is an emitter of alpha radiation, the most dangerous form of radiation once it enters the body.” On March 29, 2017 protectors radiation monitors recorded spikes of radiation up to 70 CPM (counts per minute) outside the PTA main gate when normal background is 5 – 20CPM.


                                                                                                Some of the Protectors at Pohakuloa 

                                                                                                                    Howitzer explosion dust clouds

Join the effort to protect people, plants and animals, land, air, and water – from Mauna Kea, to Standing Rock, to Pohakuloa. It is all one. Malama Honua. Take care of Mother Earth and she will take care of us.

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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet March 31 2017– 810th week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Pohakuloa Training Schedule March-April 2017

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017


POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii – Military Units are scheduled to conduct various training here in April that may be heard by surrounding communities. For the community’s awareness, the training is as follows.
• March 29 – April 4 Marines, mortar and artillery training, PTA
• March 29 – April 4 Marines, machine gun training, PTA
• March 29 – April 4 Marines, grenade launcher training, PTA
• April 1 – 30 Army, unmanned aerial vehicle training, PTA
• April 4 – 8 Army, rifle grenade training, PTA
• April 4 – 9 Army, demolitions training, PTA
• April 5 – 19 Army, helicopter gunnery training, PTA
• April 21 – 30 Army, machine gun training, PTA
To report concerns related to noise or training, community members can call the U.S. Army Garrison-Pōhakuloa (USAG-P) Public Affairs Office at (808) 969-1966 or email The USAG-P Public Affairs Office responds to all reported concerns during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
NOTE: The Army produces this monthly schedule to alert neighbors of upcoming training activities that are louder in nature and may be heard outside the military installation. This schedule is subject to change and may not include of all Army and Marine aviation/UAV activities, or Keamuku Maneuver Area (KMA). To receive Army training advisories directly, email with “Subscribe Training” in the subject line.
For more information, call PTA Public Affairs (808) 969-2411, or visit

Advisory forwarded by Waimea Community Association 

Live-Fire update for Pohakuloa

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Aloha Kakou,

I talked by phone today (Tuesday, March 28, 2017) to both the West Hawaii Governor’s liaison, Susan Kim, and also Lt. Col. Charles Anthony, State of Hawaii Dept. of Defense Public Affairs officer.

Ms. Kim confirmed there will be field artillery 155mm live- high explosive rounds fired on Wednesday, March 29th at Pohakuloa.  She also said there would be parachute jumps on March 28 and 29 into the Keamuku area of Pohakuloa.   Lt.Col. Anthony said there would be no live-fire involving the Hawaii Air National Guard fighter jets and jets from 5 other states — California, Arizona, Montana, Missouri, and Utah, that are currently doing aircraft training in and around Hawaii as part of  “Sentry Aloha Exercises” taking place this week and next. Col Anthony said: “There are no scenarios within this iteration of Sentry Aloha that call for any type of ordnance (live or inert) to be dropped at Pohakuloa Training Area.”

So it appears there will be live-fire at Pohakuloa on Wed but from artillery, not fighter jets.  High explosive Live-fire desecrates the aina,  burns DU metal creating DU oxide particles, and spreads DU oxide particles in the winds.

Solidarity for protecting Pohakuloa and Stopping live-fire. See you at the protest –Pohakuloa main gate Wednesday, March 29th 10AM-2PM.


Jim Albertini
Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
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