Monthly Archives: April 2011

Army desecrates more Native Hawaiian burials in Lihu’e (Schofield), O’ahu

The Army has desecrated another set of iwi kupuna (Native Hawaiian ancestral human remains) approximately 600 yards from the site of a previous desecration in 2010. Thomas Lenchanko, a lineal descendant of families from the Lihu’e / Kukaniloko area and spokesperson for ‘Aha Kukaniloko has demanded immediate access to the site. The families have told… Read more »

Oahu residents can expect more helicopter noise

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that O’ahu residents should expect more helicopter noise: Some additional helicopter noise is coming the way of residents in the vicinity of H-1 and Moanalua freeways. The Army said it will conduct a new round of training missions Friday through May 24 to the Big Island in preparation for a… Read more »

Army violated Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations regarding Depleted Uranium

The Army appears to have violated Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations by conducting activities to remove and disturb depleted uranium contamination in the Schofield Range on O’ahu.  A letter from the NRC to Lieutenant General Rick Lynch, dated 4/5/11 “APPARENT VIOLATION OF U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION REGULATIONS AND REQUEST FOR PREDECISIONAL ENFORCEMENT CONFERENCE” states: On March… Read more »

Lines between intelligence and military functions becoming blurred

The New York Times reports that President Obama will announce that Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, will replace Robert Gates has Secretary of Defense, and that General David Petreaus will become director of the CIA.   But this trend towards the blending of intelligence and military functions is moving into dangerous territory where it is… Read more »

Return of US forces to Subic possible

When you cut off a tentacle of a he’e (octopus), the severed arm grows back.  Such is the case with the monstrous octopus of the U.S. military in the Asia-Pacific region.  With the U.S. bases in Hawai’i as the head of this he’e, its tentacles are grasping Okinawa, Guam, Korea, Japan, the Marshall Islands, and… Read more »

Public may observe NRC conference re: Army possession of depleted uranium w/o license

Mahalo to Cory Harden of the Sierra Club Moku Loa Chapter for this information about a Nuclear Regulatory Commission predecisional enforcement conference regarding the apparent Army possession of depleted uranium without a license.  Download Meeting Notice here. The public can observe via toll free number and the internet: Interested members of the public can participate… Read more »

Waikele gulch explosion: land use violations cited by City

The recent explosion and death of five workers in the Waikele tunnels involved activities that violated City zoning laws. On his recent radio program Carroll Cox discussed a Notice of Violation of preservation land issued by the City and County of Honolulu against Ford Island Ventures: The second hour Carroll talks about Waikele Caves with… Read more »

Military personnel drive demand for synthetic drugs

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that there military is contending with an epidemic of drug use involving “Spice” and “Bath Salts”, synthetic cannabinoids. The military, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Congress and state lawmakers are scrambling to get a handle on drug compounds that are easily obtained, can easily be modified to keep them legal and… Read more »

“Living Along the Fenceline” screenings and talks in East SF Bay Area

Women for Genuine Security and UC Berkeley, Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures present: LIVING ALONG THE FENCELINE MILITARY VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, DEMILITARIZATION, & FEMINIST CONCEPTS OF SECURITY Speaker: Suzuyo Takazato LOCATION:  370 DWINELLE HALL, UC BERKELEY DATE & TIME: APRIL 26TH @ 12PM Suzuyo Takazato is a greatly respected feminist activist in Okinawa… Read more »

Nanakuli industrial park dead

As we reported previously, the Wai’anae community won a major victory by stopping the proposed industrial park encroachment into agricultural land in Lualualei.  The struggle is not over however.  The landowner may try again to rezone the property, and a parallel struggle is taking place over the Wai’anae Sustainable Community Plan, which was modified in… Read more »