Posts Tagged: UXO

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 »

(Another) Bomb-like object found at Hapuna beach

  Photo: Hawaiʻi State Department of Land and Natural Resources Wreckage from the military use of Hawaiian land continues to surface. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported“Bomblike device recovered off Big Isle” (June 15, 2013): Army ordnance disposal experts removed a bomblike object Friday night that prompted the closure of part of Hapuna Beach State Park… Read more »

Unexploded bomb found near Puʻunene School

The AP reported that an unexploded bomb, most likely from World War II, was found in a sugar cane field near Puʻunene School on Maui: The Maui News reports that the aerial bomb was discovered by an employee of the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. during a weed control operation. It was found just east of the… Read more »

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 »

Kaʻala Farm a modern kīpuka in the fire

The fire that began in the Lualualei Naval Reservation and burned 1200 acres in Waiʻanae, including the traditional hale pili classroom at the Kaʻala Farm and irrigation pipes, spared the loʻi kalo.  The farm is a real kīpuka, a green oasis of life amidst the charred landscape. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported “Seeds planted for… Read more »

Wildfire that began in Lualualei naval base burns for third day, damage to cultural center and explosions reported

The wildfire in Waiʻanae continues to burn.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports: Fire crews were busy in Waianae Valley this morning as Oahu’s largest wildfire of the year burned for a third day. At least one Marine Corps CH-53 helicopter was to rejoin the Honolulu Fire Department’s air operations this morning, the Navy said. Nine… Read more »

Suspected unexploded ordnance removed Flat Island, not hazardous

UPDATE: On Sunday, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported: A Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team recovered an item Saturday morning that a swimmer reported might be an unexploded ordnance in Kailua Bay. A Navy spokeswoman said the item is not an ordnance and there is no hazard to the public. The Navy crew recovered the oblong… Read more »

Waikāne munitions cleanup feasibility study comments due 2/13/12

The Marine Corps clean up of unexploded munitions in the Waikāne ahupuaʻa is now at a critical stage where decisions will be made about the extent of clean up.  On January 12, 2012, the Marine Corps released its final draft of the Waikane Feasibility Study report. Comments on the proposed alternatives are being accepted  until… Read more »

WWII-era munitions removed from Bellows driving range

The golfers at the Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo encountered a real hazard on the course; several bombs were unearthed.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported: Several World War II-era munitions found buried at Bellows Air Force Station’s golf driving range were removed Tuesday and today, the Air Force said. The munitions were described as… Read more »

Environmental and cultural groups call on governor to rescind order suspending laws

Several environmental and cultural groups joined the call for Governor Abercrombie to rescind his emergency proclamation suspending 25 laws for five years in order to expedite the clean up of unexploded ordnance on public lands.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports: The Sierra Club Hawaii chapter and several other environmental and cultural groups urged Gov. Neil… Read more »