Correction: 1:30PM new trial time. Mauna Kea protectors on trial Dec. 20, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Merry Christmas – Happy Holidays!

38 Protectors of Sacred Mauna Kea on Trial

Friday, Dec. 20th Hilo Courthouse 2nd floor

Starting at 1:30 PM

      On Dec. 16, 2019 An Open Letter Urging a Halt to Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope was sent to Governor David ige and Mayor Harry Kim from the President and Board of directors of SACNAS – Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.

      The letter says in part: “Mauna Kea is considered the most sacred mountain in the Hawaiian archipelago and the zenith of Native Hawaiian’s ancestral ties to creation. We cannot stress enough how important sacredness is for Native Hawaiians and other indigenous peoples. It is a lived experience of oneness and connectedness with the universe and our ancestors.

     We recognize that the TMT project has been a deeply painful, complex, and divisive issue which is symptomatic of the ongoing intergenerational struggle to protect indigenous lands and honor indigenous knowledge systems…”

      “We respectfully recommend that you take the following actions:
1. Halt construction of the TMT and move the project to a location which has near equal conditions and that welcomes the opportunity.
2. Ensure that those who are peacefully protesting be treated with dignity, respect, and remain unharmed.
3. Make an official public statement that recognizes the irreversible damage that would be caused by building an 18-story structure for TMT on a pristine native ecological system in a conservation district.
4. Direct your offices to protect the sacred lands and resources on and near indigenous territories for generations to come…”

      “We invite you to join our commitment to conscious stewardship for our planet as we seek to put into action environmentally sound and culturally appropriate methodologies within our respective scientific disciplines and research for our people, our country, and the world.”

See the full Open letter here

Also see The rights of Indigenous Peoples are key to saving our global ecosystems

Peace on Earth must be built on a Foundation of Justice

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.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

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Dec. 20, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 951 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office


Annual Christmas Appeal    

Dear Friends,                                                                                                                                                                                                  December 2019       

       Once a year we write to ask for your help to sustain the work of Malu ‘Aina for justice, peace and a living planet.  This year is extra special.  It marks the 40th anniversary of our founding, and the name Malu ‘Aina given by Bernard Punikai’a of Hale Mohalu and Kalaupapa.  For 40 years we have survived as an all volunteer organization and have been very grateful for your donations of support that have made that possible.  From the start we decided not to seek foundation money, corporate money, or government grants to maintain our independence and critical voice on important issues.

      A donation of 21 acres of land from a friend was the seed to start Malu ‘Aina.  Our vision was to start small and stay small, to be a kipuka of resistance, a base rooted in the principle of nonviolence, to learn and share sustainability skills to grow food, build simple structures, live off the grid, and organize for justice, peace and protecting the earth.  We started living in tents, catching rain water and clearing old sugar cane land by hand to plant fruits and vegetables.

      Over time we have built several small structures, still live off the electric grid and use rainwater catchment, planted more than 100 fruit trees and a wide variety of food crops to feed people.  We have served as an emergency food pantry for over 30 years, helping thousands, conducted 948 consecutive weeks and counting of a Hilo Peace vigil at the downtown Post office/Federal Building , writing a new leaflet each week for distribution on the street corner and via the internet, and available on our website  We continue efforts to stop the bombing and demilitarize Pohakuloa and all Hawaii, and to protect Sacred Mauna Kea from further desecration.  Protecting Mauna Kea is a direct connection to protecting the planet from climate catastrophe.  It all starts with respecting native people’s cultural and religious beliefs and practices.  It means protecting the Sacred.  Sacred before dollars!

     After 40 years, Malu ‘Aina is in transition to a new generation of leadership.  Hopefully, with your continued financial support and solidarity, and the volunteer helping hands of many, the vision of Malu ‘Aina will be carried forward for generations to come.  What is most important is the spirit and mission — to stand in the spirit of nonviolence — Kapu Aloha, and work for a Hawaii and world rooted in justice, peace, and protecting the sacred – mauka to makai –from the mountains to the sea.  Mahalo to all of you for your financial support and helping hands of solidarity in this journey of 40 years and beyond.

With gratitude and aloha,

Jim Albertini


Donations are tax deductible if checks are made to Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 ‘Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760.  A Pay Pal account (Donate button) has also been set up on our webpage as another convenient way to make donations.  On the website, please click “Subscribe” to receive the Malu ‘Aina weekly peace leaflet and other posts or send me an email with a request.  You can also reach us by phone (808) 966-7622.  Mahalo.