Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Great Pacific Shuffle – US Troops to Move from Okinawa to Guam, Hawaii, Australia

Discussing the so-called Pacific ʻpivotʻ of U.S. policy, Cara Flores Mays (We Are Guahan), Terri Kekoʻolani and Kyle Kajihiro (both with Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice and DMZ-Hawaiʻi / Aloha ʻAina) were guests on the Asia Pacific Forum radio program on WBAI (New York) with host Hyun Lee. Listen to the program here: The Great Pacific… Read more »

Kauaʻi Surfrider Foundation to launch RIMPAC watch

The Garden Island reported that the Kauaʻi Chapter of Surfrider Foundation is launching a RIMPAC watch June 29 through August 7: The Kaua’i chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is asking the public for help monitoring environmental impacts during the Navy’s RIMPAC event that starts this week. [. . .] More than 40 ships, six submarines,… Read more »

Fire in Kahuku Training Area, burning shorts and RIMPAC aircraft assault Pohakuloa

KHON reported that there was a brush fire in the Kahuku Training Area this afternoon: The Honolulu Fire Department reported that the Kahuku Training Area fire is contained. All firefighting operations were concluded by 5:45 p.m. Army Range Control personnel will monitor the fire area overnight. The Honolulu Fire Department reports that the Kahuku Training… Read more »

Two news stories on recent Makua court ruling

Here are two articles citing the recent court ruling that enjoins the Army from conducting live fire training in Makua until it has completed marine environmental impact studies as required by a 2001 settlement with Malama Makua.   The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported “Army must conduct more studies on live-fire training at Makua” (June 21, 2012)…. Read more »

Court Confirms No Live-Fire Training at Mākua until Army Completes Missing Studies

For immediate release: June 21, 2012 Contact: David Henkin, Earthjustice, (808) 599-2436, ext. 6614, dhenkin@earthjustice.org Sparky Rodrigues, Mālama Mākua, (808) 352-0059 Court Confirms No Live-Fire Training at Mākua until Army Completes Missing Studies Army ordered to report on progress in studying marine contamination, threats to cultural sites HONOLULU – Yesterday, U.S. District Chief Judge Susan… Read more »

E Ola Ke Awalau o Puʻuloa: Kanaka Maoli speak on Puʻuloa / Pearl Harbor

Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice presents:  Kanaka Maoli speak on Puʻuloa DATE: June 19, 2012 TIME: 6:00-8:00pm LOCATION: Center for Hawaiian Studies, UH Manoa Classroom 202, 2645 Dole Street COST: free WHAT: Kanaka Maoli panelists will present historical, cultural, environmental and social significance of Ke Awa Lau o Pu’uloa (Pearl Harbor) and engage in a dialogue… Read more »

Fortress Oahu: “Some people get paid, but who’s paying the price”

Joan Conrow wrote a feature story in the Honolulu Weekly critically examining the military’s impacts in Hawai’i. Here’s a snippet: Fortress Oahu by Joan Conrow | May 23, 2012 Cover With roots planted in the 1893 overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani and a presence that extends through the entire archipelago, the military’s influence in Hawaii is… Read more »

64 Drone Bases in the U.S., including two in Hawai’i

Public Intelligence produced an interactive map and table of known U.S. drone bases within the U.S.  Hawai’i is listed as having two such bases: Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay has the Raven drone.  Wheeler Army Airfield has the Shadow. Wired magainze reported “Revealed: 64 Drone Bases on American Soil” (June 13, 2012) We like… Read more »

U.S. expands secret intelligence operations in Africa

In an eye-opening expose of the secret military base/operations network in Africa, the Washington Post reported “U.S. expands secret intelligence operations in Africa” (June 13, 2012): The U.S. military is expanding its secret intelligence operations across Africa, establishing a network of small air bases to spy on terrorist hideouts from the fringes of the Sahara… Read more »

Oppose expanded sonar training in Hawaiian waters

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports “Navy seeks input on its plan for sonar use” (June 10, 2012).  The navy has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for training and testing with sonar in Hawai’i and Southern California. The DEIS includes new projections that the sonar could cause more harm to marine mammals than previously… Read more »