Military junk pulled from Kalaeloa pond raises fresh concerns

  Some Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners and historians are protesting the Navy’s method of cleaning up unexploded ordnance at a sinkhole site within Kalaeloa (once the site of Barber’s Point Naval Air Station). The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports (“Military junk pulled from Kalaeloa pond raises fresh concerns” February 3, 2013): The Navy said at least… Read more »

U.S. ship smashes into Philippines reef as the Navy plans to scrap another ship damaged in a similar accident in Hawaiʻi

A photo released on Jan. 20, 2013 by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command (AFP-WESCOM) shows the US Navy ship USS Guardian remaining stuck in the vicinity of the Tubbataha Reef, western Philippines, on Jan. 19. Common Dreams reported (“US Navy Ship Ignored Warning Before Ramming Pristine Coral Reef”, January 21, 2013) that the USS… Read more »

What is behind the flurry of U.S. military deaths in Hawaiʻi?

Recently, U.S. soldiers died in Hawaiʻi in a series of accidents and reckless activities.  Yesterday, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported “Motorcyclist, 23, killed in H-1 crash is identified as Schofield soldier” (January 22, 2013): A man killed in a motorcycle crash on Sunday was identified as Trevor McGurran, 23, of Wahiawa. Military officials said McGurran… Read more »

Army seeks regulatory exemption for DU in Hawaiʻi as Hawaiʻi Doctors find uranium in people’s urine

Hawaiʻi island peace activists reported that elevated levels of uranium have been found in residents’ urine and demanded that the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Health take more aggressive measures to investigate the cause of this contamination.  After falsely claiming that the Army had not used Depleted Uranium (DU) in Hawaiʻi, the Army now admits… Read more »

Soldier accused of stabbing a woman in Waikīkī

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that a Schofield soldier was charged with stabbing a woman in Waikīkī:   A 23-year-old man Schofield Barracks private was charged Monday in the stabbing of a woman in a stairwell in Waikiki early Sunday. Solomon D.M. Battle was charged with second-degree attempted murder. He is being held in lieu… Read more »

Poseidon jets may not be stationed in Hawaiʻi afterall, as other military budget cuts are proposed

It appears that the Navy is changing its mind about stationing 18 P-8A Poseidon aircraft at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay.  Why?  Besides saving money, it seems the base would be too crowded with the proposed stationing of Osprey and Apache aircraft and absorbing up to 3700 more Marines as part of the… Read more »

Militarization in the Pacific – Teresia Teaiwa

Church of the Crossroads, United Church of Christ A Just Peace and Open and Affirming Congregation The Watada Lectures 2012 November 8-11 Militarization in the Pacific featuring Dr. Teresia Teaiwa Thurs. Nov. 8, 5:30 – 7:00 pm   UH Manoa Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies  “Fiji, Women, Soldiers, And Poetry” Sponsors: Center for Pacific Island Studies,… Read more »

Stryker brigade isle bound?

The Hawaii Tribune Herald reports “Stryker brigade isle bound?” (October 25, 2012)  that the Army is considering stationing some Stryker combat vehicles on Hawaiʻi island to be closer to training sites at Pōhakuloa: Courtesy photo Army spokespeople are adamant that the idea of Stryker armored vehicles being relocated to the Big Island is just that:… Read more »

Two U.S. sailors arrested in alleged rape of Okinawan woman

The Associated Press reports “2 US sailors arrested in alleged rape of Japanese woman on Okinawa; Japan lodges protest” (October 16, 2012) that two U.S. sailors were arrested in Okinawa for the alleged rape of an Okinawan woman: Police say they have arrested two U.S. sailors in the alleged rape of a Japanese woman in Okinawa… Read more »