Posts Categorized: O’ahu

Turbulence and Zombie Militarism: When a deadly aircraft crash is just a “hard landing”

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  Photo: Ken Quinata/KHON Planet Earth seems to be experiencing a period of geophysical turbulence. Molten magma on the move. Earthquake clusters near the crater of Kilauea. The lava lake of Halemaʻumaʻu exploding and overflowing its banks, then subsiding. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions at tectonic hotspots around the worlds including Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Japan, and the… Read more »

Two workers injured by explosion in Mākua Valley

KHON reports that two grounds maintenance workers were injured in Mākua Valley when an unexploded munition exploded: According to the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s public affairs office, two ground maintenance contractors were injured after encountering an apparent unexploded ordnance at Makua Military Reservation. It happened at around 1:45 p.m. An Army contracted medevac helicopter airlifted the… Read more »

Marine arrested in death of prostitute from Vegas

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that Honolulu Police have arrested a U.S. marine sergeant for the death of a 29-year old woman whose naked body was found May 20, 2013 at Keawaʻula (Yokohama Bay) on Oʻahu’s west side. A U.S. Marine sergeant has been arrested in the killing of a prostitute. Nathaniel L. Cosby was… Read more »

Military junk pulled from Kalaeloa pond raises fresh concerns

  Some Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners and historians are protesting the Navy’s method of cleaning up unexploded ordnance at a sinkhole site within Kalaeloa (once the site of Barber’s Point Naval Air Station). The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports (“Military junk pulled from Kalaeloa pond raises fresh concerns” February 3, 2013): The Navy said at least… Read more »

U.S. ship smashes into Philippines reef as the Navy plans to scrap another ship damaged in a similar accident in Hawaiʻi

A photo released on Jan. 20, 2013 by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command (AFP-WESCOM) shows the US Navy ship USS Guardian remaining stuck in the vicinity of the Tubbataha Reef, western Philippines, on Jan. 19. Common Dreams reported (“US Navy Ship Ignored Warning Before Ramming Pristine Coral Reef”, January 21, 2013) that the USS… Read more »

What is behind the flurry of U.S. military deaths in Hawaiʻi?

Recently, U.S. soldiers died in Hawaiʻi in a series of accidents and reckless activities.  Yesterday, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported “Motorcyclist, 23, killed in H-1 crash is identified as Schofield soldier” (January 22, 2013): A man killed in a motorcycle crash on Sunday was identified as Trevor McGurran, 23, of Wahiawa. Military officials said McGurran… Read more »

Soldier crashes near Lānaʻi lookout after domestic violence incident and car chase

A soldier got into an argument with his wife, fired shots into the air and at cars near his military housing complex, and led military police on a car chase until crashing near the Lānaʻi lookout in east Oʻahu. KITV reports “Suspect chase ends in crash at Lanai lookout” (November 22, 2012): Colonel Mike Donnelly told… Read more »

Poseidon jets may not be stationed in Hawaiʻi afterall, as other military budget cuts are proposed

It appears that the Navy is changing its mind about stationing 18 P-8A Poseidon aircraft at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay.  Why?  Besides saving money, it seems the base would be too crowded with the proposed stationing of Osprey and Apache aircraft and absorbing up to 3700 more Marines as part of the… Read more »

Police standoff with another suicidal sailor leads to eviction threat for family

Last week there a navy man was arrested after a shotgun standoff with police.  The sailor apparently was suicidal.  This week the newspaper reported on another standoff where a sailor threatened to kill himself before surrendering to police.  The family of this second sailor is being threatened with eviction by the private company that runs… Read more »