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Extremely Dangerous Times! Sept. 2, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

Extremely Dangerous Times!

US Stoking Tensions with Russia, China, North Korea, etc.

Amid Global Climate Catastrophe!

     Weapons, weapons, and more weapons are not the way to world peace. More weapons are the path to global destruction from nuclear war if human civilization is not destroyed first by climate catastrophe.

     The US keeps pumping Billions of dollars of more powerful weapons into Ukraine for its proxy war with Russia. It is taking provocative actions by sailing US warships in the Taiwan strait, and even doing joint US-South Korea “decapitation drills,” to assassinate DPRK (North Korea) leader Kim Jong Un. (, Aug. 19). All of these actions are extremely dangerous. The US history of CIA assassinations and more recent hi-tech assassinations by Reaper drones must be making Kim Jong Un and other world leaders very nervous. Reaper assassin drones are now based at the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station on Oahu, and train at the Pohakuloa military base on Hawaii Island.

US Reaper Assassin Drone

     Humanity is, according to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, “just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation.”

     “It’s beyond lunacy,” say scholars Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg. In their 90s, the two men tirelessly fight to warn people of the need for urgent action to deal with climate change and the threat of nuclear war.

    The US mass media, with its military and intelligence community experts, keep beating the drums of war for the US arms merchants, and the war-based economy of the US global empire. This has got to end. The US spends more on the military, $813 billion for fiscal year 2023, than the next nine countries, including China and Russia, combined. What is needed is a cooperative transition to a global economy of peace. Specifically in Ukraine, what is needed is not more weapons, but a ceasefire, and diplomatic efforts toward a negotiated settlement agreeable to all parties.

Peace is a Victory for all sides!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject violence & war as solutions. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, anti-Black, anti-Asian, anti-Russian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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What about stopping Military Special Ops armed training in Hawaii parks, beaches, and near shore waters?

Monday, August 29th, 2022



See Washington State court victory against military story below.

Whidbey Environmental Action Network (WEAN):

WEAN, an organization with 30 years of accomplishments for the natural environment, won a court case in April 2022 in Thurston County Superior Court, which found that Washington’s State Parks and Recreation Commission had been “arbitrary and capricious” in granting the United States Navy use of state parks for military training. Their permission to do so was vacated in an unusual and lengthy ruling from the bench. The case had been filed by WEAN with the support of the Not in Our Parks Coalition to challenge the Commission’s approval, given in 2021, for its staff to proceed with permitting the Navy’s plans for war training in state parks.

The public had first learned that the U.S. Navy was using state parks for war rehearsals in 2016 from a report at There followed years of research, organizing, education, and mobilizing of the public by WEAN and its friends and allies, as well as years of lobbying pressure by the U.S. Navy, which flew in numerous experts from Washington, D.C., California, and Hawaii. While the Navy can be expected to keep pushing, WEAN won its court case on all counts, having persuaded the court that unannounced warlike actions by armed troops in public parks was damaging to the public and the parks.

WEAN impressed people for years with its dedicated efforts to expose what was being done and to put a stop to it, building a case against the environmental destruction of war exercises, the danger to the public, and the harm to resident war veterans suffering PTSD. The state parks are locations for weddings, for the spreading of ashes following funerals, and for seeking quiet and solace.

The Navy’s presence in the Puget Sound region is less than positive. On the one hand, they tried (and will likely try again) to commandeer State Parks for training in how to spy on park visitors. On the other hand, they fly jets so loud that the state’s flagship park, Deception Pass, becomes impossible to visit because jets are screaming overhead. While WEAN took on the spying in state parks, another group, Sound Defense Alliance, addressed the Navy’s making life untenable.

A small number of people on a small island are having an impact on Washington State and developing a model to be emulated elsewhere. World BEYOND War is very pleased to honor them and encourages everyone to hear their story, and ask them questions, on September 5.

Accepting the award and speaking for WEAN will be Marianne Edain and Larry Morrell.

Information on Hawaii Special Ops below.

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release Sat. Jan. 19, 2019

Re: State DLNR Needs to  Stop Military Special Ops Training on Hawaii Public Shorelines, Parks, etc.

further contact:

Jim Albertini, president
Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
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                                          Hundreds of military training missions are planned per year in public areas involving groups up to 46 people, with each training lasting between 4 and 96 hours. And this is why they want to do the training  —

Today, the US empire has 95% of the world’s foreign military bases, with personnel in more than 160 countries, many personnel conducting “Special Ops —  covert unconventional warfare with drones and assassination teams to maintain US economic global domination.  See

 The late author William Blum said: “American people are very much like the children of a Mafia boss who do not know what their father does for a living, and don’t want to know, but then wonder why someone just threw a firebomb through the living room window.”


Statement by Jim Albertini


“The Hawai’i State Department of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR) appears asleep.  The DLNR needs to stand up and act to protect public resources by stopping military Special Ops training on Hawai’i public shorelines, parks, etc. in public areas OUTSIDE of military bases on all islands   These Special Ops, including covert surveillance and assassination training involve the Navy, Army, Marines, and Air Force. Covert military Special Ops are a rapidly increasing part of US military policy worldwide.  This massive Military intrusion into our coastal nearshore waters, public shorelines and public spaces will irreversibly damage natural and cultural resources. These marine environments are crucial to sustaining Native Hawaiian cultural practices, fragile ecosystems supporting diverse species and fishing grounds used for generations.

“Hawai’i is already one of the most militarized places on the planet with over 100 military installations including nearly 25% of the island of Oahu and now the military wants to expand its warfare operations into coastal nearshore waters, shorelines, beaches, public parks, and inland non-federal land locations.  These crown and government lands and waters fall within the claimed jurisdiction of the State and belong to the public trust.  Therefore, DLNR has a responsibility to ensure the safe and responsible use of Hawai’i’s natural resources.  Many of the DLNR officials in charge of protecting Hawai’i’s natural resources that I’ve talked to were completely unaware of these planned military Special Ops and showed little or no interest in standing up to this military.

“A Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to supposedly analyze the potential impacts of the Special Ops.  See it here Environmental Assessment Open for Public Review It made a Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI).  THE FINDING IS A LIE!  The deadline for public comments on the Draft EA was Jan. 7, 2019.  Who is the military kidding?  The Draft EA said there are hundreds of proposed trainings planned per year involving groups up to 46 people, with each training lasting between 4 and 96 hours. The training may involve air and submarine drones, boats, helicopters, etc. The Special Ops EA has three action options: a preferred option for Special Ops training, a 2nd modestly scaled down version option, and instead of a NO Action third option, it notes continued Special Ops training as currently taking place without explaining where, how many, and the kinds of ongoing Special Ops training.”

“A specific point to invalidate the Draft EA and require a full EIS is that the draft EA is incomplete and does not cover all the Special Ops that have been planned.  I will cite one specific case below involving armed Navy Special Ops planned for Mauna Kea Recreation Area and the slopes of Mauna Kea that was not included in the Draft EA Special Ops.  Given this fact, there is reason to believe there may be additional Special Ops also planned for other areas that were also not included in the draft EA Special Ops.  Here is the link for the Navy Special Op planned for Mauna Kea Recreational Area.  This Mauna Kea Park Special Op according to press reports of Nov. 28, 2018  (Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today front page articles) was cancelled due to community opposition.  But this was done after the Draft EA Special Ops was published.”


Here are some of the DLNR people I spoke with in person or by phone:

1.  Shelly Habel, DLNR conservation & coastal lands 1-808-587-0377. When I explained my concern about the military Special Ops, Ms. Habel said “I was wasting her time.” She was completely unaware of the Military Special Ops EA and appeared not to care.

2.  Gordon Heidt, DLNR Big island Land Division Manager 961-9590 was unaware of the Military Special Ops EA but read in the newspaper about Malu ‘Aina and others stopping Special Ops training at Mauna Kea park.

3.  Jay Hakeyama, DLNR Forestry and wildlife Hilo office 974-4221  Unaware of Military Special Ops EA.  He referred me to Aquatics Division

4.  Jordan Carter, DLNR Aquatics Resources Hilo office 961, 9530  Unaware of Military Special Ops EA, but appeared concerned and referred me to DLNR director’s office, Suzane Case on Oahu 1-808-587-0400

5.  DLNR Director’s office 1-808 587-0400.  I called on the afternoon of 1/17/19.   After I explained my concern to the person who answered the phone, I asked to speak to the director or one of her staff. I was put on hold for 15 min. and then the same person said she would pass on my concerns.  When I asked the person with whom I was speaking for her name for my record, she refused to give it to me and hung up on me. All this on the very day of the 126th anniversary of the US illegal overthrow of the government of Queen Lili’uokalani and the Hawaiian Kingdom with the assistance of the U.S. military.

6.  Chris Yuen, BLNR Board member from the Big island 963-6966  I’ve known Chris for decades and actually spoke to him on Thanksgiving day about the Special Ops then planned for Mauna Kea park.  In my phone call with Chris on1/17/19 I told him of my experience trying to get help from DLNR pushing back to the Military Special Ops without success or even knowledge by many DLNR people of the military special ops plans.  I gave him a link to my post on website for further info on the Military Special Ops and  he said he would look into it.

7.  Sam Lemmo, Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands Administrator 1-808-587-0377.  I emailed him a copy of my testimony to the Navy EA.  I called  on 1/17/19 and asked his secretary for Sam to return my call. Sam returned my call and left a brief message on Friday, Jan. 18th 3:07PM when I was at the Malu ‘Aina weekly peace vigil in downtown Hilo.

Jim Albertini, President Jan. 19, 2019

Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email Visit us on the web at

August 26, 2022, Hilo Peace Vigil Photos

Saturday, August 27th, 2022

The Military’s Role in Human Extinction!

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022

The Military’s Role in Human Extinction!

Climate Collapse & Nuclear War are the two greatest threats to human civilization!

The U.S. Military is at the center of both!

The US Military is the largest consumer of oil and the greatest emitter of CO2 on the planet. Yet, it does not report its climate change emissions to any national or international body, thanks to US arm-twisting during the 1997 negotiations of the first international accord to limit global warming emissions, the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change.


“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. April 4, 1967 –spoken one year to the day of his assassination.

     It is common knowledge that clean air, clean land, and clean water are problems in a war zone. Ukraine is a war zone. Red Hill is a war zone. Pohakuloa is a war zone. And the effects of the war zones keep expanding. The whole earth is now a war zone. Solution: NO MORE WAR!  NO MORE TRAINING FOR WAR!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject violence & war as solutions. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti- Hawaiian, anti-Black, anti-Asian, anti-Russian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for 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 to receive our posts.

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Phone 808-966-7622 Email Visit us on the web at

Honoring Yugo Okubo!

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022

Letter sent to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald & West Hawaii Today

Honoring Yugo “Pluto” Okubo

A WWII Varsity Victory Volunteer!

From Hero to Un-American in less than 5 years!

     The HTH article of Aug. 21, 2022, about the 100th Infantry Battalion military training at Pohakuloa, prompted me to write this letter. The military is trying to get a State lease renewal of 23,000 acres at Pohakuloa to bomb conservation land, so it’s doing a lot of PR work.

     A hero and mentor of mine is the late Yugo Okubo, of the original 100th Battalion of the 442nd Infantry Regiment who fought in WWII. Yugo was a freshman at UH Manoa who dropped out of school following the bombing of Pearl Harbor to enlist in the US Army. Like many others, it was a way of trying to prove he was “An American.” Yugo was sent behind German lines in a glider. Yugo said his claim to fame was going from hero to un-American in less than 5 years. Following the war Yugo was jailed as an “Un-American” –one of the “Hawaii 39” along with Yasu Arakaki and others for union organizing under the McCarthy era anti-communist witch hunts. Yugo was then working as a printer for The Honolulu Record newspaper. Journalists Beware! You too could end up like Yugo and Julian Assange if you don’t do PR work and instead begin to criticize the US Empire’s war machine.

     In 1981, Yugo heard from his sister, Setsu, that I was starting an all-volunteer peace farm – Malu ‘Aina, in Kurtistown and he came to help. I had known Setsu who taught many years at Roosevelt High School in Honolulu but originally taught school in Kurtistown. Setsu came to visit and introduced us to many long-time Kurtistown residents.

I learned a lot from Yugo in the 7 years he lived at Malu ‘Aina. I learned about Hawaii’s history and the illegal overthrow and occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom by the US. I learned about racism, militarism, and economic injustice. Yugo’s life was a strong message: Don’t glorify war! War is not the answer. Live a life of solidarity with the least among us. Redirect military funding to meet human needs. Yugo was a committed peace activist who joined in protests at Hilo Harbor against visiting nuclear warships and at Pohakuloa to Stop the Bombing and return the land to the Hawaiian people. There is a photo of Yugo on our Malu Aina kitchen wall, behind where he sat at the kitchen table. It is Yugo standing with a sign on the Hilo docks protesting a visiting nuclear warship. His homemade sign says “Nuclear Never! Hawaii Forever!” And behind Yugo are several stocks of bananas we took as goodwill gifts from our farm to the ship’s crew. We wanted to show that it was not the sailors who we opposed but the nuclear warships coming in violation of Hawaii County’s historic Nuclear-Free zone law, the first nuclear-free law passed by any municipality in the US in 1981.

     Yugo died peacefully in his sleep of heart failure in 1988. Yugo –we will never forget you! Mahalo for your service! I urge others to join the Yugo Okubo “One-Puka-Puka” peace ohana. No More bombing and shelling of Hawaii or anywhere! No More War!

Jim Albertini

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 Visit us on the web at

Aug. 23, 2022

PS  1956 Article from The Honolulu Record sent to me by Paka Harp.  It names a 
lot of names of the witch hunters and the hunted.