Archive for December, 2023

Dec. 28th Feast of the Holy Innocents

Wednesday, December 27th, 2023

Feast of the Holy Innocents

December 28, 2023

1 John 1:5-2:2 | Matthew 2:13-18

“When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of God appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you.”

“Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” (Matthew 2:13)  In pursuit of one child, Herod massacred all of the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity.

Today, Israel’s bombing of Gaza with U.S. weapons in pursuit of Hamas has killed more than 10,000 children in less than three months.
I deplore and condemn the killing of more than 1000 people in Israel done by Hamas on Oct. 7th, but Israel’s killing of 10,000 Palestinian kids is not self-defense.  Our world needs to end the cycle of violence.  What’s needed now is a Permanent Ceasefire, before this war escalates to a possible global nuclear war.  A Global New Year’s Resolution is desperately needed — No More War!  War Never Again.  Together, let’s build a world of peace on a foundation of justice.  Israel needs to end its illegal occupation of Palestine.  And the US needs to end its illegal occupation of Hawaii.

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

Dec. 29, 2023 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on “Speak Out Now!” Need for Peace, from Lahaina to Gaza!

Tuesday, December 26th, 2023

Please Speak Out!

Government Officials at All Levels and Fellow Citizens

Your voices are important! Let’s help make a Happy New Year for All!

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Dec. 24, 2023

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, anti-LGBTQ, etc. 5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
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Dec. 29, 2023, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1161Fridays 3:30-5 PM downtown Post Office

Dec. 24, 2023 Honolulu Star-Advertiser viewpoint by Jim Albertini

Tuesday, December 26th, 2023

Dec. 24, 2023, Christmas Eve Hilo Peace Vigil photos

Sunday, December 24th, 2023

Dec. 24, 2023, Christmas Eve Hilo Peace Vigil Photos

A Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to All

Sunday, December 24th, 2023

A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All

Please join the Christmas Eve Hilo Peace Vigil from 4 – 5:30 PM fronting the old Walgreens (Kanoalehua and Maka’ala Street)
Bring a candle if you can and please pass the word. Mahalo.

REMINDER: There is a Peace Organizing Meeting on Monday, Dec. 25, 2023  (Christmas Day) from 6-8 PM at the Kea’au Community Center.  Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the Month.  Please mark your calendars.

There is the possibility of Zoom participation from 6:30-7:15.
Zoom Meeting… Meeting ID: 987 690 1944 Passcode: peace now Steve Paulmier in our group is the person who sets up Zoom. His email is <> and his phone 430-8866

Join the Weekly Hilo Peace Vigil every Friday (rain or shine) from 3:30-5 PM at the downtown Hilo Post Office.  Set up begins at 2:30.  Help is appreciated.  See this week’s peace vigil leaflet here

Surprise: The Honolulu Star-Advertiser today, Dec. 24, 2023, printed the piece below

STAR ADVERTISER – Need for peace, from Lahaina to Gaza

In one of the most familiar verses from the Christmas story, Luke records that “she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7).

In the August 2023 Lahaina fire, at least 100 people lost their lives. More than 2200 structures (homes and businesses) were destroyed or damaged and nearly 8,000 people remain temporarily housed and being moved from hotel to hotel 100 days after the fire. Full recovery, restoring the environment of aloha aina, and new housing will be a long journey.

In Gaza, the situation is even much worse than in Lahaina. Gaza is an area as small as the island of Lanai, a little more than half as big as the military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the center of Hawaii island, but with a population of 2.3 million people. Since October 2023, the figures of deaths, injuries and displacement from Israel’s bombing of Gaza with U.S. weapons are shocking.

More than 70,000 have been killed or injured and the numbers keep growing daily. Many more are lost in the rubble of destruction. More than 2 million of the 2.3 million Palestinian people in Gaza have been displaced from their homes. That’s more than 90% of the population. Half of Gaza is starving.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said weeks ago that more people in Gaza could die of starvation or disease than have already been killed by Israel’s bombs. The WHO says about threefourths of Gaza hospitals have shut down. Child diarrhea cases are about 100 times normal levels. Patients wait for hours on hospital floors and in parking lots.

Clean water, sanitation and medical supplies are severely lacking. Nowhere in Gaza is safe.

Genocide is the deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group. If you see something, say something! Israel, with U.S. assistance, is committing genocide. The Wall Street Journal published details about the White House’s secretive arms transfers to Israel since Oct. 7 (see The U.S. has provided Israel with 57,000 artillery shells and 15,000 bombs, including more than 5,000 with 2,000-pound warheads.

In recent days the U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution to uphold international law that demanded an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in war-torn Gaza and an immediate and unconditional release of all hostages. The vote was 13 in favor, one against (the U.S.) and one abstention (the U.K.). The U.N. General Assembly also voted overwhelmingly in favor of a humanitarian ceasefire resolution in Gaza.

The vote was 153 countries in favor — and 10 against, including the U.S. and Israel.

Israel’s bombing of Gaza with U.S. weapons has killed more than 8,000 children in less than three months.

Killing kids is not self-defense. Everyone deserves a home where they can live in peace. Silence in the midst of genocide is complicity.

Lord, hear our prayer for a worldwide Christmas peace. Permanent ceasefire now! Please help us relearn how to love one another.


Jim Albertini heads the Malu ‘Aina Center for Nonviolent Education and Action.