Monthly Archives: January 2011

Army halts shooting of Big Island goats

The AP reports that an Army plan to shoot goats at the Pohakuloa Training Area has been postponed due to “a dispute between state Division of Forestry and Wildlife administrators and the new training area commander, Lt. Col. Rolland Niles.” According to the article: Army Garrison-Hawaii spokesman Mike Egami says state officials expressed their concerns… Read more »

Pearl Harbor has become the X-Band radar’s informal home

The Sea-Based X-band Radar (SBX) pulled into Pearl Harbor again on December 22, 2010.  When the military originally proposed the expansion of its missile defense test range to include most of the north Pacific,  many opposed the project, especially the homeporting of the $1 billion Sea-Based X-band Radar monstrosity in Hawai’i. We were relieved when… Read more »

Chamber of Commerce chimes in on Makua decision

The Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i has been a promoter of militarization and the U.S. takeover of Hawai’i for more than 100 years. Their website brags that two of the Chamber’s earliest achievements were: Worked to secure a treaty of reciprocity with the U.S. to admit Hawaiian export at reduced rates of duty to help… Read more »

Hawaii fights release of details on drone contracts

Jim Dooley wrote an interesting article on about the proposed use of aerial drones to monitor harbors in Hawai’i as part of no-bid contracts awarded to Hawaiya Technologies.  Hawaiya is a military technology company owned by Paul Schultz. Schultz, formerly a Rear Admiral and commander of a fleet stationed in Okinawa, was demoted to… Read more »

Coming Soon? V-22 Osprey “extremely noisy with a horrific racket”

Coming soon to Mokapu and Pohakuloa? Thanks to Satoko Norimatsu of the Peace Philosophy Centre for sharing these articles. >><< V-22 Osprey “extremely noisy with a horrific racket” Link: Okinawan newspapers on January 27 reported that the residents of Brewton, Alabama complained about the noise caused by the V-22 Osprey used in the US… Read more »

More on military expansion on Pohakuloa

The full extent of military expansion at Pohakuloa is only becoming more evident. The Army website for the Pohakuloa Training Areas Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement can be accessed here. Written comments on the proposed action and alternatives will be accepted via e-mail ( and U.S. mail until February 7, 2011 to:  PTA PEIS, P.O. Box… Read more »

Fatal collision nets Marine 1-year term

Source: Fatal collision nets Marine 1-year term By Nelson Daranciang POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 25, 2011 A state judge sentenced a Kaneohe Marine to one year in jail yesterday for third-degree negligent homicide in the death of a motorist in 2008. Pfc. Eric Wycklendt crashed a seven-ton military troop transport vehicle head-on into… Read more »

Ann Wright: Why the War in Afghanistan is Unwinnable

Source: Retired Colonel Ann Wright Discusses Why the War in Afghanistan is Unwinnable by Jacob Shafer January 19, 2011 | 02:01 PM We’ve spoken with Ret. Col. Ann Wright of Oahu before—about her decision to resign from the State Department on the eve of the 2003 Iraq invasion, about the follies of the Bush… Read more »

Target: Pohakuloa

The graphic in the Honolulu Star Advertiser article “Upgrade in Sight” is fitting: Pohakuloa in the crosshairs of a sniper’s scope. STAR-ADVERTISER / October 2009 Pohakuloa has become the target of massive military expansion since 2001. First the Stryker brigade expansion led to a 23,000 acre land grab by the Army: In 2006 the Army… Read more »

Hawaiian Leader Frenchy Desoto, 81, Dies

Aunty Frenchy DeSoto, a kupuna of the Native Hawaiian movement, a Wai’anae community leader and a staunch advocate for the clean up and return of Makua valley has died at the age of 81.  As KITV reports: Longtime Hawaiian activist Adelaide Keanuenueokalaninuiamamao “Frenchy” De Soto died Friday night at her Makaha apartment, according to family… Read more »