Shut down Red Hill & Pohakuloa — Jan. 7, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Shut down Red Hill & Pohakuloa —

Please join the Friday Hilo Peace vigil 3:30-5PM at the downtown Hilo Post Office and spread the word.  This week’s peace leaflet about Red Hill and Pohakuloa is below. Mahalo and solidarity mauka to makai! #shutdownredhill

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


Shut Down Red Hill &

Drain the Tanks

     The Hawaii State Dept. of Health has said to the US Navy – Shut down and drain the Red Hill Fuel Tanks where leaks allowed petroleum to contaminate the drinking water of nearly 100,000 people, and puts more than 400,000 people in Honolulu at risk.  Under the order, the Navy has 30 days to submit a plan to “safely defuel” its World War II-era fuel facility.  The military, which considers Red Hill to be a vital national security asset, has strongly protested the demand to drain the fuel entirely.  Twenty massive Navy underground fuel tanks have a total capacity of storing 250 millions gallons of fuel 100 feet above Honolulu’s main aquifer.

     Massive citizen outcries, lead by Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) and military families, have brought pressure to US militarism and its strong hold on political leaders and Hawaii’s economy.  Activists from around the world are now supporting local calls to close the Navy’s Red Hill fuel facility.
“At this very moment, the US government is committing a crime of historic proportions against the people of Hawai’i,” the group said in a public letter.  “Yet the US Navy continues to reject calls by residents and the state government to drain the remaining tanks. The health of hundreds of thousands across Oʻahu is now in jeopardy.”      
      The letter draws parallels between the Red Hill crisis and the military’s impacts on other places in the Pacific.  It cites “the Tomb” on Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands, “a nuclear coffin” installed by the U.S. military that is leaking radioactive waste into the ocean and the thousands of Micronesians who still suffer the impacts of 67 atomic and thermonuclear weapons the U.S. military detonated in the Marshall Islands in the 1940s and 50s.  For the complete letter and list of signers see 

Shut Down & Clean Up Pohakuloa Toxic Area too!

     The US Military’s  Pohakuloa Toxic Area (PTA), has been contaminating  Hawaii Island for more than 75 years.  Millions of live-rounds have been fired annually at PTA involving a wide range of weapons and toxins, including radioactive Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide dust particles than can be carried long distances in the wind.  In 2008 the Hawaii County Council passed Resolution 639-08 by a vote of 8-1.  That resolution called for a halt to all live fire at PTA until there was a complete assessment of the DU present and it was cleaned up.  7 other actions were called for.  The military did not do any of them.  Now what?

     Everyone on the Big Island is downhill and downwind from the 133,000-acre PTA, which is located in the center of the island at 6500 feet elevation. The land, water, air, people, plants and animals surrounding PTA, including the thousands of troops who train there, residents and tourists too, are all part of 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 military toxic sites.  Enough!

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, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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Jan. 7, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1058– Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

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