Monthly Archives: July 2011

Former Hawaii official and veteran accused of wrongdoing in Washington

The AP reports that Raymond Jefferson, a former Army officer, White House fellow under President Bush and a deputy director at the  Hawai’i Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism under Governor Lingle, resigned as head of the U.S. Veterans Employment and Training Service after he was accused of procurement abuses: A former deputy director… Read more »

Beating the war profiteers

Amy Goodman reports that a Pentagon whistleblower won a legal settlement for the retaliation she endured after challenging contracting abuses: “War is a racket,” wrote retired U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, in 1935. That statement, which is also the title of his short book on war profiteering, rings true today. One courageous civil… Read more »

Orca and Superferries

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that researchers studying the effects of naval sonar on marine mammals spotted a pod of orca off Kaua’i: The whales appeared at about 9 a.m. Sunday in the channel between Kauai and Niihau where Baird and other Cascadia scientists are conducting a three-week project for the Navy to gauge the… Read more »

Ka La Ho’iho’i Ea 2011

From We encourage the observance and celebration of La Ho’iho’i Ea everywhere Hawaiians tread the ‘AINA… Please join us, Sunday July 31st 2011 ( @ Thomas Square in Honolulu), to celebrate and honor our ancestors, our history, our sovereignty and our unending fight for justice. La Ho‘iho‘i Ea, celebrated from 1843 to 1893, commemorates… Read more »

Helicopter training on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, Army-Native Hawaiian convenant and more military housing

The Army wants to conduct helicopter training exercises on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.   Jim Albertini of Malu ‘Aina issued the following call to oppose the Army’s High Altitude Mountainous Environment Training (HAMET) on the slopes of the sacred Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.  The Army had conducted these helicopter training exercises in the past… Read more »

Kaua’i police seek two men for attack on navy men

According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Kauai police are seeking two men who allegedly punched two Navy servicemen: Kauai police are looking for two men who left a Lihue bar at 2 a.m. Sunday and attacked two sailors. Police said the victims, two Navy servicemen, were hospitalized after being punched in the face at Rob’s… Read more »

Kailua man admits aiding Marine to launder bribes

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports: A 40-year-old Kailua man admitted in federal court Friday that he helped a Marine Corps sergeant launder bribery money from military contractors in Iraq. “A friend of mine was getting bribes. I was helping him conceal the bribes,” Francisco Mungia III said. […] The government said Mungia received about $150,000… Read more »

Raptor wings clipped after Alaska crash

Here is another military expansion project in Hawai’i.   Senator Inouye’s strategy has been to pack as much construction and long-term capital improvements into the military budget for Hawai’i as a way to prolong the military’s presence and his influence over the shape of Hawai’i’s future long after he is gone. It’s about his legacy.  The… Read more »

Army recovers 32 underwater munitions from “ordnance reef”

The AP reports: The Army has recovered 32 munitions from the ocean floor off the Waianae Coast this month during a project to clear away most of the weapons the military dumped there decades ago. Of these 12 were treated to remove and destroy the explosive contents.  But the not all munitions found are being… Read more »

Hawaii attorney general cautions against counting nonresident military in political districts

The AP reports: The Hawaii Supreme Court would likely rule that nonresident members of the military can’t be counted when drawing legislative district lines, according to an opinion by the state attorney general’s office. […] The (reapportionment) commission voted 8-1 last month to count nonresident troops, a decision that prevents Hawaii County from gaining a… Read more »