Posts Categorized: Hawai’i

Neighbor islands iced out of Senatorial seat

The Reapportionment Commission which is dominated by O’ahu (8 O’ahu representatives versus 1 neighbor island representative) voted to count non-resident military and students in the redistricting formula.  As a result Hawai’i County will not get a 4th Senatorial Seat.    Senator Malama Solomon wrote the following appeal urging neighbor island residents to testify for only counting… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Drones arrive in Hawaiʻi – “the future of aviation”?

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard recently got four Shadow 200 RQ-7B unmanned aerial vehicles.    While these UAVs are unarmed, the military is looking for ways to weaponize them. >><< Source: Hawaii Guard gets flock of Shadow UAVs Isle soldiers will be ready to use the unmanned aircraft should… Read more »

Native American Activist Winona LaDuke on Use of “Geronimo” as Code for Osama bin Laden and the “Militarization of Indian Country”

Winona LaDuke has just published a book The Militarization of Indian Country in which she discusses the situation in Hawai’i and the Native-owned military contracting industry.  I spoke with someone from her organization as they were researching information for the book.  I haven’t seen it yet to know how the information was incorporated.  Today, she… Read more »

Oahu residents can expect more helicopter noise

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that O’ahu residents should expect more helicopter noise: Some additional helicopter noise is coming the way of residents in the vicinity of H-1 and Moanalua freeways. The Army said it will conduct a new round of training missions Friday through May 24 to the Big Island in preparation for a… Read more »

Army violated Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations regarding Depleted Uranium

The Army appears to have violated Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations by conducting activities to remove and disturb depleted uranium contamination in the Schofield Range on O’ahu.  A letter from the NRC to Lieutenant General Rick Lynch, dated 4/5/11 “APPARENT VIOLATION OF U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION REGULATIONS AND REQUEST FOR PREDECISIONAL ENFORCEMENT CONFERENCE” states: On March… Read more »

Public may observe NRC conference re: Army possession of depleted uranium w/o license

Mahalo to Cory Harden of the Sierra Club Moku Loa Chapter for this information about a Nuclear Regulatory Commission predecisional enforcement conference regarding the apparent Army possession of depleted uranium without a license.  Download Meeting Notice here. The public can observe via toll free number and the internet: Interested members of the public can participate… Read more »