Archive for November, 2022

Press Release: Pele has entered Pohakuloa –Danger of PTA toxins!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022

Wed. Nov. 30, 2022 at 8PM

Press Release: Pele has entered Pohakuloa –Danger of PTA toxins!


Jim Albertini

According to this map, lava has entered the military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA). The lava could burn and disperse Pohakuloa toxins in the smoke/vog. Those downwind need to be very careful of inhalation of Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide particles AND OTHER MILITARY TOXINS. Remember, there is a massive toxic stew at Pohakuloa from 75 years of bombing and the use of nuclear DU spotting rounds, etc., and likely chemical and biological weapons. The Health Dept., EPA, Civil Defense, etc. should be monitoring what’s in the smoke coming off PTA. Maps of PTA state “WARNING: ALL OF PTA IS CONSIDERED A DUD HAZARD AREA.”
See information flyer on Pohakuloa below.
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

Stop Bombing

Pohakuloa Toxic Area (PTA)

     Pohakuloa is NOT safe for soldiers, residents, and visitors to Hawaii Island.  The area has been bombed for 75 years with a wide range of toxins, including lead, Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation, etc.  Millions of live rounds are fired annually. The multiple toxins are resuspended in the air by high explosives and can be carried long distances in the wind.  Everyone on Hawaii Island is downhill, downwind, and downstream of PTA’s toxins.  Whatever happens mauka comes makai.  PTA is Hawaii Island’s Red Hill and Camp Lejeune!  Stop the Bombing!  Cancel the State Lease! Shut Down Pohakuloa! Clean Up the military mess and return the land to the Hawaiian people!  ENOUGH!

     The Military Pohakuloa Toxic (Training) Area, located in the center of Hawaii Island at 6500 feet elevation totals 133,000 acres, or more than 200 square miles in size. That’s as big as the island of Guam. PTA has been used as a live fire training area since WWII by all branches of the military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and foreign troops too. Much of what goes on up at PTA is secret – training for nuclear war, assassination drone training, B-2 and B-52 bombing runs, the long list of various munitions used over the years, and even the number of live rounds fired annually. The last figure released nearly 2 decades ago was 14.8 million live rounds are fired annually at PTA.

     The military leases 23,000 acres of Hawaiian crown and government lands from the State DLNR at Pohakuloa for a total cost of ONE DOLLAR for 65 years. The military is now trying to get that lease renewed. The current lease expires in 2029. 84,000 additional acres at PTA were simply seized in 1964 by a presidential executive order of Lyndon B. Johnson at ZERO cost. The military claims the 84,000 acres are “Federally owned land.” That’s like someone stealing your car and claiming they now own it. See Presidential Executive Order #11167

See State DLNR criticism of PTA lease PTA DLNR comment doc

See Pohakuloa 14 minute video “Now That You Know, Do You Care?

     If you believe you have suffered harmful health effects connected to the Pohakuloa Toxic Area, contact our organization listed below.

Cancel, Don’t Renew, PTA State Land Lease!

Return Federally Seized Lands!

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.

For more information

November 18, 2022, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1103Fridays 3:30-5 PM downtown Post Office

Pele’s Path & Christmas Peace! Dec. 2, 2022 Hilo Peace vigil leaflet

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022

Photo from Nov. 25, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil following Q club mass shooting

Monday, November 28th, 2022

Photo from Nov. 25, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil following Q club mass shooting

Peace organizing meeting Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, at the Kea’au Community Center

Sunday, November 27th, 2022

Peace organizing meeting Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, at the Kea’au Community Center from 6-8 PM and online too.  The online Zoom part starts at 6:30 PM. 

Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 987 690 1944 Passcode: peacenow

Please pass the word to others to join the meeting and the weekly Hilo Peace Vigils Friday 3:30-5 PM at the downtown Post Office/Federal Bldg. organizing meetings held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at the Keaau Community Center usually 6-8 PM

Among items on the agenda:

1.  Reflections on La Ku’oko’a Day –Nov. 28, 1843 Hawaii Independence Day.  Hawaii recognized internationally into the family of nations.

 2.  Discussion of Ukraine war status and dangers of escalation.  Also China, Korea, Iran, etc.  

3.  Requested meeting with PTA Commander LTC Kevin Cronin and New PTA Sergeant Major Jessica Cho with nuclear, and chemical hazard background. 

4.  Plans for UH Hilo forums on Pohakuloa –history, lease, etc.  formation of a committee to work with Cade Jameson at UH Hilo. 

5. Martha Hennessy will be visiting Hawaii Island Jan. 18 -30th 2022 and available for speaking engagements for Peace.

 contact Jim Albertini 966-7622

 Catholic activist Martha Hennessy has traveled to Russia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Korea, and Palestine and has been imprisoned for protesting nuclear weapons, drone warfare, and the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo. She is the seventh grandchild of Dorothy Day (1897-1980), founder of the Catholic Worker movement, Benedictine Oblate, and candidate for sainthood in the Catholic Church.

6.  Seeking comments on Cultural Impact Assessment for Pōhakuloa lease.  See   Matthew Kawaiola Sproat   Honua Consulting 808) 294-2296 or email Matt Sproat <>

7.  Mayor Roth’s Peace Pole in his office lobby, even though he supports the bombing of Pohakuloa, and lease renewal.   He thinks the military is doing a good job.    An email by Jim urging Mayor to join Mayor’s for Peace has been sent to him.  So far no response.

  1. Mayors for Peace is an effort to urge governments toward a nuclear-weapons-free world. Urge your municipality to register as a Mayors for Peace city.

other agenda items are welcomed.


PS Dec. Peace meeting dates: Monday, Dec. 12th and 26th from 6-8 PM.  Please mark your calendars.

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

Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil

Friday, November 25th, 2022
I’m making signs for the Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, Hilo Peace Vigil. 3:30-5 PM at the downtown Hilo Post Office/Federal Bldg.
La Ku’oko’a – Nov. 28, 1843 — Hawaii Independence Day!
Aloha NOT Hate –LGBTQ
to go with our many –Stop Bombing Pohakuloa, Cancel PTA Lease, Protect Sacred Mauna Kea, Free Hawaii, etc.  Come join us for 5 minutes, or the full hour and a half. Mahalo.