From Red Hill to Pohakuloa Dec. 10, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

From Red Hill to Pohakuloa

What Military Toxins are Poisoning us?


     Governor David Ige ordered the Navy to suspend operations and REMOVE THE FUEL in the massive Red Hill jet fuel tanks whose leaks have contaminated the drinking water of 93,000 residents who are military families…with further leaks that could ruin drinking water for 400,000, one-half of Honolulu’s population! The Navy is contesting the order so the toxic saga continues.  See

      The Military Pohakuloa (Toxic) Training Area (PTA) is a 133,000-acres site located in the center of Hawaii Island at an elevation of 6500 feet.  It has been used as a live-fire toxic training area for more than 75 years with millions of live rounds fired annually. Everything from small arms to howitzers, bunker buster bombs, and radioactive spotting rounds for nuclear weapons training. All branches of the US military train at Pohakuloa and foreign troops as part of RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) military exercises. See A Brief History of US Military Poisoning of Hawai’i…/a-brief-history-of-us…/…

      Everyone on the Big Island is downwind and downhill from Pohakuloa. The land, water, air, people, plants and animals surrounding PTA, including the troops who train at PTA, have likely been contaminated with a wide range of military toxins, including Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles that can be carried long distances in the wind. In effect the entire Big Island has become a Military Sacrifice Zone. Actually the Hawaiian islands are one of the most militarized places on the planet with more than 100 active US military installations, and many more abandoned toxic sites.

      Pohakuloa, where thousands of troops come to train for war, spends up to $2 million dollars per year hauling water to Pohakuloa. In 2013, PTA in conjunction with the University of Hawaii, drilled 2 water wells and hit water at shallow depths. But to date, that water is still not being used. Why?

What Toxins are in the PTA Water Wells?

      From the Army’s Chemical Biological weapons testing in Hilo’s Water Shed, to the Navy’s Red Hill Fuel tank leaks, Pearl Harbor’s superfund site pollution, and munitions and nuclear waste dumped off shore, the military mess is extensive. To date our elected officials have done little to nothing to challenge the military, so it is good to see Gov. Ige and others speaking up now. But it’s time to do more. It’s time to de-militarize and end the illegal US occupation of Hawai’i.

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December 10, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1054– Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office