Monthly Archives: June 2011

Pimping Pohakuloa

The Hawaii Tribune Herald reports that Governor Abercrombie, once a black-beret-wearing campus radical, is offering up virgin areas of Hawaiʻi to service the military: Abercrombie floated the possibility of building public-private housing in West Hawaii for military families who will relocate from Okinawa when the Marine base there moves sometime in the next few years…. Read more »

How Waikiki was built “on war, racism and human misery”

Militarism and tourism have always been intimately related institutions in Hawai’i. With APEC leaders descending on Waikiki in November, Larry Geller reminds us of the hidden history Waikiki as illustrative of the history of Hawai’i as a whole. In Hawaii’s hidden history—slave labor, profit, and the taking of Waikiki, Larry Geller writes “If you’re a… Read more »

Why Hawaii Loves War

Anthony Pignataro writes in the Maui Time “Why Hawaii Loves War”: Living on Maui, with its mostly undeveloped landscape and near complete lack of military facilities, makes it easy to think that America’s global war on terrorists, dictators and all-around bad dudes is something far away. Not according to the Rand Corporation’s new study “How… Read more »

U.S., China broach South China Sea in Hawaii talks

Travis Quezon, the editor of the Hawaii Independent, covered recent U.S.-China security talks in Hawai’i for Reuters. The United States and China kicked off a new round of consultations on the Asia Pacific region in Hawaii on Saturday by broaching the flaring tensions in the South China Sea, a U.S. official said. The first set… Read more »

Kulani saved? Possible win for environmental, peace and justice advocates!

CORRECTION:  I was originally informed that the resolution passed by the Hawai’i State Senate effectively reversed the reset aside of Kulani Prison to the Hawaii National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program.  However, I was informed by another source that the senate vote alone may not have been sufficient to overturn the executive order by itself.   We’re… Read more »

Will military areas be exempt from monk seal critical habitat?

The critically endangered`Ilioholoikauaua, the Hawaiian monk seal, continues to dwindle in numbers.  Environmental groups have pushed the National Ocean0graphic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to expand the critical habitat designation for the Hawaiian monk seal to include the main Hawaiian islands.  NOAA recently issued its proposed revised critical habitat which thankfully includes most of the main… Read more »

Army’s ‘Big Lie’ in Hawai’i

Jim Albertini of Malu ‘Aina released the following message in response to the Army’s announcement that it will renege on a decision to no longer use Makua for live fire training: The Big Lie! Lt. General Francis J. Wiercinski, Commanding General U.S. Army Pacific, was quoted in an Associated Press news story on June 19,… Read more »

Honolulu Solidarity Demonstration Against Militarism and Overseas U.S. Bases

RALLY AGAINST MILITARISM & OVERSEAS U.S. BASES THURSDAY, JUNE 30 4-6pm, FEDERAL BUILDING  (Ala Moana Blvd & Punchbowl) Aloha, this Irei-no-Hi, the Okinawan Memorial Day for ALL War Dead (June 23).  This day commemorates the end of war between Imperial powers Japan & USA in Okinawa.  Unfortunately, 66 years after the fact, Okinawa remains heavily… Read more »

Military studies Waikane Valley bomb cleanup

The Honolulu Star Advertiser published an article about the progress of unexploded ordnance (UXO) cleanup in Waikane valley in Ko’olaupoko district of O’ahu. Waikane is a lush valley that is very significant in Hawaiian legend and history.  The name refers to the waters of the great deity Kane. Sites in the valley are referred to… Read more »

Army commander may renege on decision to end live fire training in Makua

As our friends in Vieques, Puerto Rico have reminded us, history has proven that we cannot believe what the military says.  The new commander of the U.S. Army Pacific may renege on the decision by his predecessor to end live fire training in Makua valley.  The AP reports: The top U.S. Army commander in the… Read more »