Archive for April, 2018

More about Military base toxins

Friday, April 27th, 2018

DoD: At least 126 bases report water contaminants linked to cancer, birth defects



A toxin that keeps on poisoning for Billions of Years

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Article on Depleted Uranium (DU)

Behind the fluff news articles — DU Blowing in the wind!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018


(Pohakuloa Training Area) “Annual event draws hundreds of students”

PTA is a 133,000-acre military training area located in the center of Hawaii Island that has been used for more than 70 years. More than 14 million live rounds are fired annually, from small arms to B-52 and B-2 bombers. The base is contaminated with a wide range of military toxins including radioactive Depleted Uranium (DU).

      The same article about the April 20 “Earth Day at PTA” appeared in the West Hawaii Today (4/22) and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald (4/23). The article said first, second, and fifth grade classes from  Connections Public Charter School attended. Also mentioned was a Saint Joseph’s second grade class and an eighth grade class from Kua O Ka La Public Charter School in Kalapana. There likely were other classes from other schools that attended besides those mentioned.. Please share this informational flyer with parents of school children. If you haven’t read the articles you can read them here –

      What the articles didn’t say is what’s important. The following Public Service Announcement was sent out to every school on the island one month in advance of the 4/20 PTA 2018 Earth Day event.

For School Officials & Teachers – Please print and post in the teacher meeting room.Please forward this message to your Parent-Teacher Association PTA, so that this important information is circulated prior to organizing ANY STUDENT EARTH DAY EXCURSIONS TO POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA

P U B L I C   S E R V I C E   A N N O U N C E M E N T  (PSA)

     Parents of young children and pregnant women are warned of the dangers of DU (Depleted Uranium) and other military toxins at the Pohakuloa Training Area!

      Please view the short video of Dr. Lorrin Pang, M.D., public health officer and retired Army Medical Corps explaining the health dangers of inhaling DU oxide dust particles (See As Dr. Pang explains, especially vulnerable are young children and pregnant women.

     Allowing children in your care to attend programs at Pohakuloa, especially during live fire training, unnecessarily puts them at risk. Mahalo. For more information, contact Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action, P.O. Box 489, Kurtistown, HI 96760. Tel. (808) 966-7622.”

      Also important, but missing from the news articles was this important fact: At 9:18AM on Friday, April 20, 2018 a Malu ‘Aina certified calibrated radiation monitor hit 68 Counts per minute (CPM) outside the main gate of PTA, 2-3 times background levels.

      Between 30-50 people demonstrated from 8:30-10:30AM outside the PTA Earth Day event on Friday, April 20, 2018. See

Are DU Oxide Dust Particles Blowing in the Wind?

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Feeding at the Military trough –Hawaii Businesses Are Making Billions Off The Military

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Hawaii Businesses Are Making Billions Off The Military

Hawaii is second only to Virginia in the amount of money that flows into the state through Defense Department spending.


WASHINGTON —In the last 10 years, the federal Defense Department has issued grants and paid contractors working in Hawaii nearly $23 billion, according to a new analysis of spending data. And that’s on top of the roughly $6 billion a year the government spent on paychecks and personnel costs for military stationed in the islands.

In 2015 alone, the most recent year for which complete data is available, defense spending in Hawaii added up to about $7.8 billion.

The state was second only to Virginia in terms of how much money the military was funneling into the state, according to the federal Office of Economic Adjustment.

The U.S. military spends billions of dollars in Hawaii every year, but state officials haven’t really done a good job of tracking it until now.
Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

While well-known defense contractors like BAE Systems top the list of local companies profiting from defense dollars, it turns out the University of Hawaii has also been one of the chief beneficiaries of the military’s spending in the state.

Data from a relatively new website that tracks the flow of defense dollars into Hawaii,, shows that UH has received more than $435 million through federal defense contracts and grants since fiscal year 2008. 

Much of the money has gone to study climate change, resilience and alternative energy.

But the university system has also seen an uptick in military investment in cybersecurity, according to Vassilis Syrmos, the vice president for research and innovation for the University of Hawaii. was developed about a year ago when the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii helped the state secure an $850,000 federal grant to launch a new website to help follow the money.

The site pulls together data from and others to provide a broad view of how the Department of Defense spends federal appropriations, including looking at local spending and companies receiving the contracts.

Syrmos says Hawaii is one of four states with a National Security Agency Cryptologic Center based outside of NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. The NSA recently designated three University of Hawaii schools, including the flagship campus at Manoa, as institutions of excellence in cyber research and education. Syrmos said he believes that will bring even more funding to the state for research and investment.

“That’s an area that we’re building up, especially at West Oahu and our other communities colleges,” Syrmos said.

He noted that defense spending is deeply ingrained in higher education. The 186-foot research vessel, the Kilo Moana — which helps UH maintain its status as one of the best oceanographic institutions in the country — was built by the Navy and is owned by the U.S. government.

The Pan STARRS telescope on Haleakela that keeps an eye out for potentially dangerous asteroids, he said, also provides data to the Maui High Performance Computing Center, a military research facility that contracts with the university.

Honolulu is a defense economy hotspot, both in terms of personnel expenditures and contracting.

But not everything is as sexy as climate change, cybersecurity and planet-killing asteroids. Defense money can also fund the obscure.

For instance, federal spending data shows the U.S. Air Force once gave money to UH to research the “physical and genetic mechanism guiding the evolution and development of dendritic, flapping-insect wings.”

Funding has also been allocated for research into the “diet composition of pilot whales, dwarf sperm whales and pygmy sperm whales in the North Pacific.”

“Without this money the university would not be such a premier institution,” Syrmos said.

“What people don’t always understand is that you can’t do ‘Big Science’ on a shoestring budget. It costs a lot of money. So these funds provide the infrastructure for that science.”

The Big Picture

While tourism now is Hawaii’s biggest economic driver — 9 million visitors brought in about $17 billion in 2017 — military spending contributes a healthy boost to the state economy.

The $7.8 billion in military spending in 2015 accounted for nearly 9.8 percent of the state’s gross domestic product — the total value of goods and services produced in Hawaii.

Still, the state’s portion of overall military spending is relatively small — about 2 percent of the whole — in comparison to the more than $408 billion the federal Office of Economic Adjustment reports was spent nationwide in 2015.

Much of the Hawaii money — about $6 billion a year — goes toward personnel costs. 

In 2015, the OEA reported that the federal government spent about $5.7 billion to pay for more than 73,000 active duty and civilian personnel on the islands. That includes National Guard and reserves.

The remaining funds go to defense contractors who build barracks, repair ships and provide the base-run commissaries with fresh produce.

Research and development makes up a smaller share of spending when compared to construction, supplies and other services, such providing fuel, utilities and housekeeping.  

Over the past 10 years, the military has spent more than $800 million on R&D in Hawaii, which accounts for about 3 percent of total procurement spending.

Top Local Contractors

Some of the largest and most well-known defense contractors in the country have operations in Hawaii, including BAE Systems, Raytheon and Booz Allen Hamilton, which together have received more than $1.7 billion worth of contracts since 2008.

But a number of local companies have seen their fortunes rise due to Hawaii’s military might.

Manu Kai is a Native Hawaiian-owned business that provides support services to the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai.

The company, which was founded in 2006 and is now a subsidiary of Harris Corp., a major defense contractor based in Virginia, has received $570 million in contracts since 2008. That ranks it among the top local private military contractors in Hawaii.

Other major contractors include Y. Hata & Co., a food distribution business that stocks the commissaries, ships and submarines, and Nan Inc., one of the largest construction companies in the state.

Since 2008, government data shows Y. Hata has received more than $213 million in military contracts while Nan has been awarded more than $485 million in contracts.

Nan — a major contractor on Honolulu’s $9 billion rail project — was able to obtain contracts through the federal government’s 8(a) Business Development Program that helps minority and women-owned businesses get work.

According to the data, these 8(a) companies including Nan have received nearly $3 billion worth of contracts.

Military spending is so prolific, that even the tiny island Niihau is benefitting from it.

Niihau Ranch has received $14 million worth of contracts over the past 10 years to help support military training exercises. Contracting data shows that much of the money goes toward providing helicopter and ground transportation for contractors on the island.

“The whole purpose of this grant was to identify what the supply chain looks like,” said Rona Suzuki, the former head of the Hawaii labor department’s Office of Community Services, who was in charge of developing the database.

She said that while most officials, herself included, were aware that the military pumped billions of dollars into the economy, no one had made the effort to actually follow the dollars until now.

And while the site is a snapshot in time Suzuki said it can serve as a guide for government officials, academics and business owners who might want to get a better grasp on contracting trends, search for opportunities to snag a grant or contract, or connect with other companies already doing federal work.

“The breadth of services and what the military buys is far and wide — it hits every island,” Suzuki said. “And this is just on the contracting side. This doesn’t even expose the private expenditure of military personnel. It doesn’t show the impact on real estate or retail or any other sector of the economy.

“This is just about the U.S. Department of Defense as a business, showing what they buy and what they expend in terms of contracts.”

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West Hawaii Today one sided article on Earth Day at PTA

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Not one word about the protest outside the main gate and radiation readings 2-3 times background

See article here

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA — “Take it to outer space,” exclaimed 7-year-old Reggie Shropshire as an unmanned aerial vehicle took to the sky Friday morning in the Saddle between Mauna Loa and Maunakea.
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Jim Albertini One sided article and photos. Not one word about5 the protest outside the main gate. Below is an email I sent to WHT writer Chelsea Jensen and photographer Laura Ruminski.



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Jim Albertini Aloha Chelsea and Laura,

I was disappointed in your article and photos of “Earth Day at PTA” 4/22 article. Not one word or photo of the 30-50 people who protested outside the main gate from 8:30-10:30. You did a disservice by presenting a one sided view.

Below is a press release that was sent out before and after the event. It went to most media, including West Hawaii Today.


Jim Albertini
Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
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At 9:18AM on Friday, April 20, 2018 our certified calibrated radiation monitor hit 68 Counts per minute (CPM) outside the main gate of PTA, 2-3 times background levels