Press Release: Police Complaint filed against Peace activist Jim Albertini

Press Release: Complaint filed against Peace activist Jim Albertini

further contact: Jim Albertini 966-7622 email

     Peace activist Jim Albertini said “I have been informed by Hawaii County Police officer Sugimoto at 12:30 PM today (May 15, 2017) that a complaint has been filed against me.  I have been asked to come to the Hilo police station on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 9AM to be read my rights and be questioned.”   Albertini said “I intend to be at the front desk Hilo police station at 9AM Tuesday and I invite others, including the news media, to join me.  All that I know is that it’s a complaint involving Connections Public Charter School.  Whether it’s a complaint filed by the school itself or an employee, I have no idea.  The email below which I sent to 3 employees of the school is a follow up to a phone call I made to the school on Friday, May 12th. Why a police complaint would be filed against me I have no idea.  Come and find out with me 9AM Tuesday, May 16th.  Before I talked by phone with officer Sugimoto, I also called St. Joeseph’s School, Kaumana Elementary School and Honoka’a High School who were mentioned as having students attend the Pohakuloa Earth Day event in an April 21, 2017 article in West Hawaii Today by Laura Ruminski.  I have emailed principals at Kaumana Elementary School and Honoka’a and I am waiting for a call back from St. Joe’s to get an email address for the principal there. Mahalo.”


Email to Connections Public Charter School — To: Kathleen Wines, Kathleen Booth, and Carol Trousdale,

Aloha Kathleen, Kathleen and Carol,

     I received your email addresses from Candy at Connections PCS when I called the school on May 12, 2017.  I asked her if any Connections PCS classes attended the Pohakuloa Earth Day events on April 20th.  She told me that a Connections 1st and 4th grade class attended.. Our organization was outside the PTA gate on April 20th when I saw a Connections School bus enter the base.  Our concern is for the health and safety of people, especially the children, from exposure to military toxins, including the inhalation of Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles.  Below are excerpts from a press release we issued before the PTA Earth Day event about our concerns and a copy of the leaflet we attempted to hand out to those entering for the event

     On April 20th we conducted radiation monitoring  with an Inspector + monitor for several hours outside the PTA main gate and had 8 readings in the 60s CPM (counts per minute) and the highest reading of 74 CPM at 10:49AM.  Normal background range is 5-20 CPM.  The winds on the morning of April 20th at Pohakuloa were coming from the south, off the bombing impact range toward the base compound and main gate area and increased as the morning went on..  Live fire was taking place, including what sounded like high explosive howitzer fire.

    As teachers and employees responsible for school children, please view and let the parents know about this short video where Hawaii’s Dr. Lorrin Pang. MD explains in simple terms the health dangers of inhaling depleted uranium dust.  I would be glad to try and arrange a meeting with Dr. Pang, you and the parents of the children who attended the PTA Earth Day event.  Please share this email with the parents and contact me if you and parents would like to meet with Dr. Pang. 

    Mahalo for your assistance in this matter.

Jim Albertini, president of Malu ‘Aina


Press Release for immediate release Monday, April 17, 2017

Re: Picket line planned at Pohakuloa Earth Day, Thursday, April 20, 2017

further contact: Jim Albertini 966-7622 email

     Albertini said,  “Our organization advises that pregnant women and young children should not set foot on Pohakuloa due to the risk of inhaling DU oxide dust.   According to Hawaii resident, Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD with 25 years in the Army Medical Corps and listed in who’s who best doctors, inhaled DU oxide is “the most deadly form of radiation.”  The fact is that proper air monitoring has not been done to determine the full extent of DU oxide contamination at Pohakuloa. 

Pohakuloa DU Threat


      The front page, Sunday, April 16, 2017 Hawaii Tribune-Herald headline about “No DU Threat” is a classic example of Fake News. The truth is that inhalation of Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles are “the most deadly form of radiation.” This is according to Hawaii resident, Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD, 25 years retired from the Army medical Corps and listed in the who’s who best doctors.

      Let’s be clear. DU metal on the ground at Pohakuloa does not pose a serious health threat. But if that metal has been hit with high explosives it burns and turns the metal into DU oxide dust particles which can be carried long distances in the wind. If anyone inhails DU oxide particles those particles can remain in your body for decades causing a wide range of problems including cancer, and genetic damage to future generations. 

      DU was first used by the military at Pohakuloa in the early 1960s fired into the 50,000 plus acre impact area. That impact area has been subjected to decades of high explosives firing ever since. The military disclosed in an Environmental study in the early 2000s that over 14 million live-rounds are fired annually at Pohakuloa. A current figure is not available. I suspect it is even higher now.

      There are dozens of various DU weapons in the US arsenal since the 1960s used by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Modern DU weapons are known as “penetrators.” They are made of solid DU metal. When fired, the DU metal begins to burn and when it hits a hard target –tank, armored vehicle, etc. it slices right through the armor, like a hot knief through butter, and explodes at 3000degrees. There is no documentation that DU penetrators have been fired at Pohakuloa but for decades there was no documentation that Davy Crockett DU spotting rounds were used either. But given the fact that all sorts of weapons have been used at Pohakuloa, it seems reasonable to conclude that DU penetrators, along with other DU spotting rounds, etc may have been used. That’s why it is extremely important that independent comprehensive testing and monitoring be done to determine the full extent of DU contamination and what’s coming off PTA blowing in the wind. If the military has nothing to hide they would welcome such an independent study to assure the confidence of the community. But the military has been stonewalling efforts by the community.

      In the Sunday April 16, 2017 Hawaii Tribune-Herald lengthy article, there wasn’t a single mention of the threat posed by inhalation of DU oxide dust particles. How come? Is it to keep troops, residents, and the tourist industry in the dark? Don’t we all have a right to know?

Are we Inhaling DU Oxide Dust?

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

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