Posts Tagged: Pearl Harbor

Army training burns 450 acres, Navy unexploded ordance

On October 10, Army training activity caused a brush fire that burned for 18 days and scorched more than 450 acres of the Waiʻanae mountains. The column of thick blackish brown smoke could be seen all the way from Honolulu.  In the Kona winds, the smoke blanketed the north shore for nearly a week. The news… 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 »

Inouye says submarine fleet will increase in Hawaiʻi

William Cole reported in the Honolulu Star Advertiser  “Subs ahoy: five new subs for Pearl Harbor says Inouye” (March 3, 2012) that despite cutbacks  in many parts of the defense budget, Senator Inouye has secured assurances from the Navy that the attack submarine fleet will actually increase in Hawai’i, adding to the largest concentration of… Read more »

EPA: toxic chemical found in Wahiawa and Aiea aquifers is a “likely human carcinogen”

The EPA released a new health assessment for the toxic contaminant tetrachloroethylene – also known as perchloroethylene, or perc, as a “likely human carcinogen.”  PERC is a contaminant found at military sites in Hawai’i including the Schofield / Wahiawa aquifer (a former Superfund site) and the former Aiea Laundry site, a Navy superfund site across… Read more »

I ka wā ma mua, ka wā ma hope: Exploring Pearl Harbor’s present pasts

Here’s an article I wrote for the Hawaii Independent reflecting on a recent school excursion to Ke Awalau o Pu’uloa / Pearl Harbor, and contemporary meanings of Pearl Harbor as national myth: I ka wā ma mua, ka wā ma hope: Exploring Pearl Harbor’s present pasts By Kyle Kajihiro HONOLULU—On the eve of the 70th… Read more »

APEC “Hawaii’s biggest media event since Pearl Harbor”?

Calling APEC  “a game changer for Hawaii,” (11/19/2011) Honolulu City Council member Stanley Chang gushed that “This was Hawaii’s biggest media event since Pearl Harbor.”   And to him, “good press” included headlines like “Leaders’ close call with grass skirts and coconut bras.”  Or APEC agent Christopher Deedy fatally shooting local Kollin Elderts in a 3… Read more »

Navy bingo put on ice by Pearl’s new leader

There is no legalized gambling in Hawai’i. So how does the navy get away with “bingo”?  The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that the new commander of Pearl Harbor suspended the games to review the situation: The commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam has suspended the Games Night program at Hickam’s Tradewinds Enlisted Club and Officers… Read more »

Renewably greenwashing the occupation of Hawaiian land

The military “going green” is big news these days. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that Sempra Generation proposes to build the world’s largest solar farm in vacant navy controlled land surrounding Ke Awalau o Pu’uloa (Pearl Harbor): A San Diego-based energy company is proposing to build the world’s largest solar power project on vacant land… Read more »

Pearl Harbor Restoration Advisory Board Meeting, July 12, 2011

The next Pearl Harbor Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at the Holomua Elementary School Cafeteria, 911561 Keaunui Drive, ʻEwa Beach. On the agenda: Draft Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis for Substation P, Kalaeloa Draft Final Remedial Investigation for West Loch 4th Street Coral Pit Disposal Area… Read more »

Military as jobs program vs base conversion

President Obama recently announced plans for partial troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.  But the headlines should have read “Obama continues the wars”, a betrayal of promises to end the wars.  The responses from military personnel in Kaneʻohe were surprising: Lance Cpl. Brandon Johnson, who just returned from Afghanistan last Saturday.”This war should be over,” Johnson said.Johnson,… Read more »