Posts Categorized: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Wikileaks Cables Reveal Diego Garcia Marine Reserve Will Prevent Return of Chagos Islanders

Marine conservation zones as cultural genocide?    The British marine reserve in the Chagos islands was a deliberate attempt to prevent the return of the evicted Chagossians to Diego Garcia, one of America’s crucial military bases in the Indian Ocean.  The Chagos reserve was modeled on the Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument and the proposed Mariana Island… Read more »

Environmental Protection of Bases?

From Foreign Policy In Focus: Environmental Protection of Bases? By David Vine. Edited by John Feffer, April 22, 2010 Just weeks before today’s Earth Day, and for the second time in little more than a year, environmental groups have teamed with governments to create massive new marine protection areas across wide swaths of the… Read more »

U.K. proposes Chagos marine reserve that could block islanders’ return

Chagos is an Indian Ocean island possession of the UK, one of the colonies it held onto after decolonization. Britain evicted the native Chagossian population and leased the island to the U.S. military. Now Diego Garcia is one of the most important bases in America’s empire of bases. British courts except for the House of… Read more »

Nominations sought for workshop on Pihemanu Kauihelelani (Midway Atoll)

Pihemanu Kauihelelani (Midway Atoll) is one of the oldest kupuna (elder) islands of the Hawaiian archipelago and was one of first places visited by Pele (goddess of the volcano) and her family on her epic journey to her present home in Hawai’i island.  Pihemanu Kauihelelani is also one of the last places traveled by the spirits… Read more »

Mokumanamana – native ecosystem, ancient cultural sites, and bomb craters

An article in the Honolulu Star Bulletin stated: “The scientists found more than 30 craters from bombings and shrapnel fragments next to heiau sites but are not sure who caused the damage.”  Umm, let’s take a guess…the military? In another article by the AP, the sacredness of Mokumanamana to Kanaka Maoli as a leina a… Read more »

Military ignored conditions set by state regulators on undersea warfare exercises

The Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) established a regulatory regime to create more consistency in regulating coastal resources, by delegating certain regulatory powers to approved state CZM agencies. This means that on matters of Coastal Zone Management, the federal government should be in accordance with the regulatory guidelines set by the Hawai’i CZM agency. However,… Read more »

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Management Plan Finalized – Military Exempted

The management plan for the Papahanaumokuakea (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands) National Marine Monument has just been released.   Although establishing the Monument designation was a major win for the movement, the processes and management structures for the Monument are turning out to be a problem that allows huge loopholes and creates obstructions for meaningful public involvement.  One… Read more »

Military training in the NW Hawaiian Islands

National Monument, watery grave? What does the U.S. Navy have against whales? Joan Conrow Mar 19, 2008 When President Bush signed a proclamation June 15, 2006 making the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and surrounding waters a national monument, many Islanders believed the region would be kept safe from harm. But conservationists contend that the triad of… Read more »