Fri - October 2, 2009

"Noho Hewa" showing Oct. 8 at Windward Community College

From the Advertiser
An award-winning documentary about the "occupation" of Hawai'i will be shown at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Paliku Theatre at Windward Community College.

"Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i" is free and open to the public.

Winner of the Hawaii International Film Festival's 2008 award for best documentary film, the 82-minute film offers an analysis about the connections between militarism, desecration and homelessness, and how these issues are related to Hawaiian sovereignty.

The film will be followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly.

The screening is sponsored by Ku Pono and the Ko'olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club.

Donations will be accepted and a DVD of the film will be available for purchase.

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Fri - September 18, 2009

"Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i" screening on Hawaii Island and O'ahu

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Sat - September 5, 2009

Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i on DVD

I'd like to personally encourage everyone to buy a copy or several of this film, watch it and share it with friends, and support Keala who put a huge amount of energy and resources into bringing the film to fruition to get the truth out.

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Thu - July 2, 2009

Noho Hewa T-Shirts

Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 23:51:44 -1000
Subject: New "Noho Hewa" t-shirt design-- order one TODAY! Please fwd.
From: keala kelly <keala.kelly @>

Aloha Kakou:

"Noho Hewa" is almost pau and will be available by the end of August. In the mean time, the first of several new t-shirt designs is available for pre-order. They should be in-hand by July 4th, or soon thereafter, just in time to celebrate the American empire's declaration of liberation from the British empire. 

This shirt was designed to visually symbolize what the U.S. presence in Hawaii has meant for Kanaka Oiwi, and with the hope that it will inspire Ku‘e. If there was ever a time for Hawaiians to resist, it is now. 

Mahalo nui to Ed Greevy for shooting the photo, Shane Pale for the original design, Donna Burns for initiating the final phase and layout, Leio at Rival Tees for the final artwork, and of course, to Mana Caceras, the courageous kane who agreed to represent, quite literally, the oppression of the Hawaiian people.

Please go to to order the shirt and forward this email to everyone you know. I only need to sell about 10,000 t-shirts and 8000 DVDs to break even!

A hui hou, malama pono,

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Fri - June 19, 2009

Why is Hawaii a target?

AP report: A Japanese news report said Thursday that North Korea may fire its most advanced long-range ballistic missile toward Hawaii in early July.
While the newspaper speculated the Taepodong-2 could fly over Japan and toward Hawaii, it said the missile would not be able to hit Hawaii's main islands, which are about 4,500 miles (7,200 kilometers) from the Korean peninsula.

But they're sending missile interceptors to protect us.

So... why is Hawaii a target again?

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Sat - March 21, 2009

NY Times: Superferry's Military Connections

Speaking of military ties with the Superferry, the New York Times focuses its story on that connection...
HONOLULU — The Hawaii Superferry made its final interisland voyage last week, capping a period marked by lawsuits, low ridership and suspicion that its ultimate purpose had more to do with military contracts than with connecting the Hawaiian islands.

On Monday, the State Supreme Court effectively grounded the vessel, the Alakai, when it struck down an act passed by the Legislature last year that exempted its operator, Hawaii Superferry Inc., from carrying out an environmental impact study. The company said it would not appeal the decision.

“We’re going to have to go out and find other employment for Alakai,” said the president of Hawaii Superferry, Thomas B. Fargo, a retired Navy admiral who once commanded American forces in the Pacific. “Certainly the military may very well want to lease this particular ship.”

The Marine Corps already leases a similar transport catamaran, the Westpac Express, in Okinawa, Japan.

A shipbuilding analyst in Florida, Tim Colton, said the company’s owner and chairman, John F. Lehman, a former Navy secretary, was well positioned to lease the Alakai and a just-finished sister ship to the Navy.
Why the company chose to risk operating without an environmental review, which would have taken the better part of a year, has been the matter of debate across the state, with Mr. Lehman’s background leading to speculation that Hawaii Superferry was primarily hoping to prove itself to the United States military.
In November, Austal USA was awarded a contract to build up to 10 military versions of the ferry.

Austal’s Australian unit had built scores of giant aluminum catamarans used as fast ferries around the world, but the United States requires that all ships sold to its armed forces must be domestically built.

Austal USA, with a shipyard in Mobile, Ala., was created in 2001. “They have managed to become a major player in a very short time,” said Robert Button, a naval analyst with the RAND Corporation.

Austal USA’s vice president for external affairs, Bill Pfister, said that while the company had built several smaller ships in Mobile, the construction of the two Hawaii ferries had helped it develop the work force and demonstrate the construction processes to bid credibly for a similar military version.

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Thu - March 19, 2009

Superferry seeking military work

Just in case anyone missed, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled Monday that Act 2, passed in special session of the state Legislature in 2007 to allow the Hawaii Superferry to operate, was a special law that applied only to that one business and was therefore unconstitutional. The SF has shut down its operations after one last run today to pick up vehicles from Maui. But, breaking from the Advertiser after the SF press conference this morning...
Hawaii Superferry will search for options to lease out the Alakai after a state Supreme Court ruling on Monday found that the law which allowed the catamaran to operate during an environmental review was unconstitutional, Superferry president and chief executive officer Thomas Fargo said this morning.
Fargo, after mentioning that the military might want to lease the Alakai, addressed speculation by some activists who have opposed the project that Superferry was designed from the start as a military operation.

"That's absolutely not true," said Fargo, a former Navy admiral. "We certainly wouldn't have gone to the trouble to paint Alakai in the manner that we did, to appoint her with 836 first-class seats, to spend the huge sums of money that we did to establish service here in Hawaii if that was our goal.

"The goal that's unmistakable was to provide regular and reliable commercial ferry service in these Islands."

Early Superferry executives — and main investor John F. Lehman, a former Navy secretary — had touted the ferry's military utility in discussions with the state, including the possibility that it could be used to transport the Army's Stryker brigade between Oahu and the Big Island. The second vessel, which had been planned for Superferry's expansion to the Big Island, includes a vehicle ramp that could make it more useful to the military.

For some background on the military ties with the SF check my previous posts here, here and here, and especially see this Larry Geller's post on the subject including the fact that the SF's original PUC application included an illustration specifically indicating a use for the Superferry in moving Stryker vehicles to and from the Big Island.

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Sat - February 14, 2009

Noho Hewa: Wrongful Occupation of Hawaii showing in Wai'anae

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Thu - February 12, 2009

Noho Hewa review

Big Island Weekly has a review of Anne Keala Kelly's film NOHO HEWA: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i.

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Tue - January 27, 2009

Noho Hewa: A film for the Hawaiian people

Molokai Dispatch has a nice review of "Noho Hewa", here's an excerpt:
As Hawaii prepares to celebrate its 50th year of statehood, a film that portrays militarism, sovereignty, and the loss of native Hawaiian culture comes at a particularly poignant moment for Hawaiians. Winner of the Hawaii International Film Festival’s 2008 Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary, Keala Kelly’s film “Noho Hewa, The Wrongful Occupation of Hawaii,” has an important message.

“If you really love this place, you need to watch this film,” says Molokai resident Hanohano Naehu of the 73 minute film.

Kelly and her film came to Molokai several weeks ago on a tour throughout the state. Since its success at the Hawaii Film Festival in October, Kelly says she has received over 30 requests for screenings. “It took on a life of its own in the community,” she says. Kelly is also raising money for the completion of the film.

“Noho Hewa” takes a contemporary look at the cost of the U.S. takeover of Hawai'i in a raw portrayal of Hawaiian resistance to the departure from the ancestral, cultural and physical presence in their homeland. It unpacks some of the colonial mechanisms of a complex and emotionally charged political landscape from militarism to poverty to sovereignty. As these issues unfold, the massive military buildup in the Pacific that has made Hawai'i home to the largest military command in the world is understood from the Hawaiian perspective.

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Mon - December 29, 2008

Support the completion of Noho Hewa film

Received this message from Keala Kelly, creator of "Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawaii" and I encourage everyone to chip in even if you can just do a bit, Keala has worked so hard on this film for a long time and it is a great way to get the message out.

Aloha No Kakou:

Since "Noho Hewa" premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival, where it won the Best Documentary Award, I've been incredibly honored by how it has been received. As of October, I've done 24 screenings and talk-story/ Q&A sessions with nearly 5,000 people, mostly Hawaiians. 

Now, I need to raise $15,000 to complete the work of this film and survive. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I now not only have to find a new place to live by January 1st, I also have to immediately repay the loan of rent and expenses incurred during these last months of almost completing the film.

The money will go towards the costs associated with the final stages of completing "Noho Hewa" and to my survival during that time. The work that remains to be done includes the following: 25 different film festival applications that range in price from $50 to $150 dollars per festival. (Festivals are the best way to bring attention to our plight because they inspire people outside of Hawaii to care about what happens in Hawaii.) I will be re-shooting and doing final editing, sound work, color correction and re-mix of tracks, the duration of which depends on scheduling for re-shoots, the post-production technical issues that typically arise and whether or not I have the economic resources to address those matters. I will be securing music rights and finding new music to replace songs I cannot secure the rights to. And in addition to querying distributors in hopes of securing an agreement that will make the DVD available by summer, work must be done for a new website and a promotional package that needs to go along with it to festivals. All of this will take about 3 solid months.

It's my hope that the "community" will support me in this last push to keep "Noho Hewa" on its feet by making donations here through this website ( Or, if anyone knows of a few donors who might be willing to make large donations, I would be happy to talk with them directly and if needed, find a non-profit fiscal sponsor through which they may donate for tax purposes.

Without support, I don't believe I can do what is necessary to complete the film and make sure it is seen in the light of our struggle in 2009. 

"Noho Hewa" has a future here and in the world outside of Hawaii, via film festivals, university screenings and distribution. It has already proven itself to be successful, even though it is not quite finished. Please kokua if you can. We and our homeland are at a critical crossroads in our history… I believe with all my heart and spirit that "Noho Hewa" can play an important role in how we determine our future.

Mahalo Nui Loa to everyone for the important work so many of you are doing now, to those of you have already made donations over the years to this project, and for anything that any of you will do to help me in this last push effort.


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Thu - December 11, 2008

More "Noho Hewa: Wrongful Occupation" screenings

Upcoming Screenings of Noho Hewa: Wrongful Occupation of Hawaii, a documentary film by Anne Keala Kelly and winner of the Honolulu International Film Festival’s 2008 Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary.

January 17 -— 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM - UH Hilo At the annual Hoolaulea Details TBD

View a trailer in the extended entry...

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Tue - November 18, 2008

Settlement lets OHA access some Stryker training areas

Advertiser reports:
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Army have settled OHA's 2006 federal lawsuit claiming the Army failed to protect Native Hawaiian cultural resources when it brought the Stryker brigade to the state.

OHA representatives, along with an archaeologist, will be able to survey certain Stryker training areas at Schofield Barracks, Kahuku and Pohakuloa as a result of the agreement, the state agency announced yesterday.

Through the surveys, OHA said it and Army representatives "aim to ensure the appropriate identification and treatment of cultural and historic resources located in Lihu'e, the traditional name for the Schofield Barracks region," as well as other parts of Hawai'i.

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Mon - November 17, 2008

Military seeks input on Hawaiian Consultation Protocol

From the Advertiser:
Meetings are scheduled to begin this week across the state to seek comment from the Hawaiian community on the draft U.S. Department of Defense Hawaiian Consultation Protocol.

When finalized, this draft document will provide guidance to DOD military and civilian personnel on their consultation responsibilities to Native Hawaiians, the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs said in a press release.

The draft protocol can be seen at

Check the article for dates, times and locations.

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Sun - November 16, 2008

Noho Hewa showing in Nanakuli 11/23

NOHO HEWA: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawaii
A documentary film and winner of the Honolulu International Film Festival’s 2008 Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary.
Join us for a free screening of this remarkable film by Anne Keala Kelly

Sunday, November 23, 2008
6:00 P.M., Free admission
Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Cafeteria
89-980 Nanakuli Avenue
Waianae, HI 96792

There will be ample time for dialogue with the filmmaker and guest, Dr. Noenoe Silva

“For those uneducated about the issues "Noho Hewa" addresses, Hawaiian activists can appear to be unduly angry, their causes ridiculously unrealistic. But in taking a stand on the side of the Hawaiian cause, the film does an excellent job of providing context to their perspectives. And it even goes one step further: It conveys knowledge that resonates in the heart as well as the mind.”  The Honolulu Star Bulletin

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Wed - November 12, 2008

Noho Hewa showing on Maui 11/20

Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i
Directed by Anne Keala Kelly

Thursday, November 20, 2008
3 SHOWINGS! 3:30 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM
Ka Lama Building, Room 103 at Maui Community College

“You know that feeling you get in your na‘au when you drive past ‘Iolani Palace or when you hear Kaulana Nā Pua? The chicken skin feeling that comes over you and lets you know that your kūpuna have been disturbed? That intrinsic sense that wrong has been done? Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai‘i captures that feeling on film.” -Ka Wai Ola o OHA

Sponsored by the Hawaiian Studies & Language Department, Liko A‘e, The
Ho‘okahua Project and The Po‘okela Project
For more information go to or call 984-3709

This showing is free and open to the public. Please join us!

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Mon - October 27, 2008

Noho Hewa showing at UH Manoa

The Hawai‘i International Film Festival’s 2008 Halekūlani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary

comes to the campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Anne Keala Kelly’s “raw portrayal of issues that shape the political, economic and cultural world of Hawaiians. The film provides a contemporary look at the impact of militarism, tourism and real estate, making critical links between these seemingly unrelated industries via their collective power to force Hawaiians out of their homeland economically, politically and culturally. It frames desecration of Hawaiian burials and sacred sites as an intentional tool deployed by the American system and questions the role settlers play in the dispossession of the Hawaiian people and disruption of their inherent sovereignty.”

Film showings will be held on the following dates, times and location:
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
UH Mānoa Art Building Auditorium - 3:30pm
UH Mānoa Art Building Auditorium - 7:00pm
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
UH Mānoa Art Building Auditorium - 3:30pm

For information please contact: Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at (808) 956-0980

Here's the PDF flyer: Noho Hewa @ UHM 1.pdf

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Thu - October 16, 2008

Noho Hewa FREE TICKETS info for Friday screening

More from Keala Kelly...

Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 21:00:43 -1000
From: "keala kelly" <keala.kelly @>
Subject: Noho Hewa FREE TICKETS info for friday screening

NOHO HEWA free screenings info:

I just found out that Friday, 3:30 pm screening is in the big theater and there are 300 FREE TICKETS available. So let's go for it and take the festival up on their offer. I know it's an awkward time of day, but it's a Friday and it's a movie about Hawaiians on one of the biggest screen in Honolulu! Who knows how many years it will be before we can see our people and our issues up there again?

Tell everyone you know to come. Even if you were able to see it Monday, come back and see it again. It will be good fun and serious and the real deal!

I won't know until Friday how many free tickets are available for the Sunday, 6:45 pm screening.

But if you can come to Friday, come! This is the screen the premiere was supposed to take place on, so let's hana hou that event and seize the opportunity. They don't come often enough.

And I want to say that when the film won the HIFF Documentary Award on Tuesday, it was literally moments after Joan and Puhipau received the "Hawaii Filmmaker's Award!" Folks, it was an incredible moment for all Hawaiians… and in a room of over 200 people, there were only 3 Kanaka Maoli there to see it, and me and Puhipau where 2 of the 3. THAT'S how rare this is.

So, try come, smuggle in your goodies or buy popcorn, but come and let's talk story about this stuff.

Much Aloha,

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Tue - October 14, 2008

NOHO HEWA wins HIFF award... free screenings on Friday and Sunday

Rec'd via email... Congratulations to Keala! Everyone on Oahu go see this film...

Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 18:46:38 -1000
From: "keala kelly" <keala.kelly @>
Subject: NOHO HEWA wins HIFF award... and reminder about free screenings on Friday and Sunday PLEASE FWD

NOHO HEWA: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i

A documentary about the militarization of Hawai'i, desecration and forced removal of Hawaiian people received the Hawaii International Film Festival's highest award in the documentary film category, The Halekulani Golden Orchid Award For Best Documentary!

I am shocked and pleased and very, very grateful, and I accepted it on behalf of ALL OF US, especially the people in the film and others who are on the front lines of all of these issues working to take back our homeland.

There are still two more screenings and I am hoping people will come out. Not sure yet how the ticketing will work, but the festival will be showing it for free on Friday, Oct 17th at 3:30 pm and Sunday, Oct 19th at 6:45 pm. HIFF is doing this to make up for the trouble with the limited capacity theater the film found itself in on Monday. Let's take 'em up on it and talk story about this story.

Hopefully by tomorrow we will know if people can get those free tickets online or if they have to show up first.

Please tell people to come out. It's important to see Hawaiians in Hawaiian world on the big screen when possible and the subject matter is immediate and dire. I can't believe this little movie won the award, but it still needs all of us to show up, if possible, and take the opportunity to talk story about what's happening here.


BIG PS—Kupuna need to have priority, so please help me with this, in case I am distracted by the technical stuff. If folks come with kupuna, let's all put them at the front of any line, if there is a line. It about broke my heart to see Uncle Mel standing outside trying to get in and then not getting in. Hey... here's an idea, let's all bring kupuna!

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Mon - October 6, 2008

Makua Valley hearings action alert

DMZ-Hawai‘i / Aloha ‘Aina ACTION ALERT!

URGENT ACTION ALERT TO PROTECT MAKUA VALLEY: Army Threatens to Expand Live-Fire Training 

The Army plans to expend over two million munitions annually - further destroying the beautiful and sacred Makua valley during their proposed 242/365 days of war games. These munitions include the most threatening illumination munitions, 120mm HE mortars, 155mm HE howitzers, inert TOW missiles and 2.75 caliber rockets, some of which will be launched from helicopters, and all of which the Army admits will increase chances of wildfire and "physical damage and loss of mana for the Native Hawaiian culture" (SEIS 4-199).  

• The devastating impacts of wildfire caused by Army war games are unacceptable.
• Any further desecration of our sacred sites is unacceptable. 
• Limiting access to the valley is not acceptable.

It is time to demand that the Army clean up Makua and return the valley to the people.

Hearing details from Oct. 6-9 and background info below the fold...

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Mon - September 29, 2008

Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawaii premiering at HIFF

Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawaii is premiering at HIFF next month. The screening dates at Dole Cannery are:
• Monday, Oct. 13, 6:15 pm
• Friday, Oct 17, 3:30 pm
• Sunday, Oct 19, 6:45 pm

Keala Kelly contributed to the Al Jazeera English show (below), and it is a condensed version of Noho Hewa, which she produced.

Update 10/10: Star-Bulletin has a brief review of the film:
For those uneducated about the issues "Noho Hewa" addresses, Hawaiian activists can appear to be unduly angry, their causes ridiculously unrealistic. But in taking a stand on the side of the Hawaiian cause, the film does an excellent job of providing context to their perspectives. And it even goes one step further: It conveys knowledge that resonates in the heart as well as the mind.

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Thu - July 17, 2008

Here comes UARC! UH gets $26M in Navy contracts

Pacific Business News reports "The Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaii has been awarded a $26-million contract from the U.S. Navy for work on various military systems."

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Wed - July 16, 2008

Army faces another Malama Makua suit

Advertiser reports that "A Wai'anae Coast group has taken the Army back to court over its use of Makua Military Reservation, saying the service failed to include numerous "high priority" sites on a list for Hawaiian cultural access, and failed to provide opportunities for public input on the list as required."

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Fri - June 13, 2008

UH signs off on Navy research center

Star-Bulletin reports that UH is finally going to sign a contract today for the controversial Navy research center, despite intense opposition from students and faculty over the past couple years.

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Wed - March 12, 2008

Judge supports EarthJustice over Army for cultural access at Makua

AP reports in the Star-Bulletin:
A federal judge told the Army yesterday to quickly expand cultural access to native Hawaiian sites at its Makua Military Reservation on Oahu, according to Earthjustice, which represents the community group Malama Makua.

The environmental law firm said U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway gave the Army until April 15 to identify high-priority sites for clearing unexploded ordnance in order to increase access to cultural sites.

Mollway also ruled the Army must provide a good-faith plan to clear the ordnance from the sites by July 15, it said.

Advertiser also has the story.

(Click the Military Occupation link below for more background on Makua.)

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Thu - February 21, 2008

Army sued again over Makua access

Advertiser reports:
Earthjustice has made good on its pledge to take the U.S. Army back to court over what it sees as flagrant violations of a 2001 court-ordered settlement decree to allow Native Hawaiian groups cultural access to numerous sacred sites in the Makua Military Reservation.

The ecology-minded law firm, which represents Malama Makua among other cultural groups, filed a motion to enforce compliance yesterday in U.S. District Court. Earthjustice is asking the court to require the Army to fulfill the terms of the six-year-old settlement it voluntarily signed.

That agreement followed a lawsuit challenging the Army's failure to complete a required environmental impact statement for training at Makua Valley.

David Henkin, an attorney for Earthjustice, said yesterday that instead of opening up access to the valley, the Army has, since 2005, severely restricted cultural practices, citing safety concerns as the reason. Earthjustice contends the safety restrictions have been concocted to get around the settlement decree in order to eliminate nearly all cultural access.

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Thu - January 24, 2008

Paradise Lost: Military Training in Makua Valley

From Larry Geller:

This week's program on the Radio Project's Making Contact:

Paradise Lost: Military Training in Makua Valley

Native Hawaiian and Making Contact intern Samson Reiny reports on what happens when the military takes over historically sacred land and on how people are fighting back to reclaim this once pristine area.

Momi Kamahele, Makua Makahiki cultural advisor; David Henkin, Earth Justice attorney; Kyle Kajihiro, Makua Makahiki member; Fred Dodge, Malama Makua spokesman; Summer Nemeth, English teacher and demilitarization activist.

The program is available as a podcast from their website.

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Mon - January 14, 2008

Army environmental studies on Strykers, Makua done

Advertiser reports:
An Army environmental study of where to permanently station Hawai'i's Stryker brigade has been completed, officials said, and expectations are the decision will be made to keep the armored vehicle brigade here.

However, opponents are ready to challenge the decision as soon as it's released publicly — possibly as early as February — saying the Army still hasn't adequately addressed alternative locations, as required by federal environmental law.

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Tue - December 4, 2007

Makua bombs exploded, cultural access restored

Advertiser reports:
Hawaiian cultural groups yesterday received permission from the Army to resume civilian access to the Makua Military Reservation after experts detonated unexploded ordnance found in the Leeward Coast military training range.
The reservation has been closed for more than a month except to essential security and demolition personnel.[...]

With the bombs detonated, the way is cleared for Hawaiian practitioners to observe the makahiki, a Hawaiian religious and holiday observance...

Makahiki ceremony is schedule for Dec. 14-15.

Star-Bulletin article also.

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Fri - November 23, 2007

B-2 stealth bombers use Hawai'i for target practice

AP story in the Star-Bulletin yesterday and Advertiser today on B-2 stealth bombers dropping 2,000-pound inert (sans explosives) bombs on Pohakuloa training range in monthly practice runs, "as the Air Force's sleek, boomerang-shaped planes regularly use Hawai'i for target practice."

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Army accused of stalling on Makua cleanup

Advertiser reports:
The Army next month plans to blow up several bombs that were found in Makua Military Reservation — a discovery that prevented Hawaiian practitioners from observing the Makahiki.

But the detonation of the old ordnance won't remove the increasing acrimony felt by some community members over cultural access to the 4,190-acre Waianae Coast valley, and it could land the Army in court again.

"We're getting to the point of going back to court because there is no excuse for their (the Army's) continued foot-dragging," said David Henkin, an Earthjustice attorney.

Henkin, who represents community group Malama Makua, maintains the Army is violating a 2001 settlement agreement, adding, "We've notified them of that fact."

Update 11/25: Bill Aila has an op-ed in the Star-Bulletin on the subject.

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Sun - November 18, 2007

Makua makahiki closure protested

Star-Bulletin reports:
Draped in black and red instead of the traditional white for the Makahiki, native Hawaiian groups protested the Army's cancellation of the cultural celebration at the Makua Military Reservation.

Malama Makua and Hui Malama O Makua held a protest vigil at the facility's gate yesterday, the first day of Makahiki.

On Nov. 1, the Army discovered a 250-pound, World War II-era bomb near the gate to the live-fire training ground, and has denied access to native Hawaiian groups until it can detonate the device.

The protesters called the Army's reasoning "double talk," saying that if the bomb was really a threat, it would've been removed or detonated by now, since the initial danger zone from the bomb extended beyond the fence and into water.

"It doesn't make any sense for the Army to say it's too dangerous for us to go into Makua to practice our religion, and at the same time, refuse to remove a bomb it says threatens the lives of keiki playing at Makua Beach," said Momi Kamahele, cultural adviser for the group Makua Makahiki. "The Army's either lying about the danger, because it wants an excuse to deny us our cultural access, or it's being incredibly reckless with innocent people's lives."

Advertiser also has an article (and I saw some good coverage of this on the news last night).

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Thu - November 15, 2007

University of Hawaii to survey ocean ordnance dump site

Advertiser reports:
The military will pay the University of Hawai'i $2 million to use sonar and manned and unmanned submersibles to survey chemical weapons dumped about five miles south of Pearl Harbor at the end of World War II.

Officials said the study could begin in late summer of next year, but what was dumped and where the dumping occurred remain questions that could complicate the search.

Tad Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for the environment, safety and occupational health, said the project could establish procedures for determining whether munitions disposed of at sea pose a threat to human or marine health.

Some O'ahu residents, particularly on the Wai'anae Coast, have called for a cleanup in recent years of the munitions that are so rife in areas that one popular dive spot is called "Ordnance Reef."

The U.S. military has said about 2,600 tons of chemical mustard, cyanogens chloride, hydrogen cyanide and lewisite were dumped at two deep-water locations five to ten miles off the Wai'anae Coast and Pearl Harbor between 1944 and 1946.

The Army also has acknowledged that thousands more tons of chemical munitions were dumped at another unknown site off the coast of West O'ahu in fall 1945.

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Wed - November 14, 2007

Protest for Makua 11/17

Rec'd via email...

From: keboi @
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 22:06:50 EST
Subject: Protest for Makua!

Aloha Kakou

Makua valley, a sacred place to Kanaka Maoli, has been occupied and bombed by the U.S. military for more than 60 years. 

The Army recently found a 250 pound bomb and other unexploded munitions in Makua valley. Citing "safety" concerns, the Army suspended cultural access to Makua, including access for annual Makahiki ceremonies scheduled to take place November 16 - 17. 

According to the Army, the hazard zone extends 1700 meters from the bomb, the precise location of which has not been disclosed despite repeated requests for information. Given this exclusion zone, the hazard arc possibly extends across Farrington Hwy into the beach area. Why has the Army not moved for a speedy disposal of the bomb if it posed such a threat to public health and safety? Or is the Army's cancellation of access simply an excuse to disrupt the restoration of cultural practices in Makua?

Makua groups are holding a demonstration at the gate of Makua military reservation Saturday, November 17, 2007 to protest the Army's failure to remove the bomb and the unilateral cancellation of cultural access.

Meet at Makua by 9 am. There will be a press conference at 10 am. The demonstration will go until 2 pm.

Bring your own signs and ti leaf. 

Free Makua! 
No more Bombs!
Clean up and return the 'aina! 

Posted at 06:15 PM     Permalink      

Sat - November 3, 2007

Hawaii military funding in appropriations bill

Star-Bulletin reports:
Construction projects at Oahu military bases will receive the bulk of $691 million coming to Hawaii in a federal appropriations bill approved Thursday by Senate and House conferees.

The military budget items include $65 million for a Navy communications center in Wahiawa, a $49.8 million Pearl Harbor submarine facility and $170 million for Army barracks construction at Schofield Barracks, Fort Shafter and Wheeler Army Airfield.

Some $34.2 million in U.S. Department of Education funding would go to public schools with a high percentage of native Hawaiian students, for teacher training, renovations and curriculum development, according to an announcement by U.S. Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka.

Posted at 07:30 AM     Permalink      

Thu - October 25, 2007

Kingdom of Atooi members arrested on Kaua'i

Garden Island reports and Joan Conrow blogs about the arrest of two sovereignty leaders on Kaua'i:
Two members of the self-proclaimed Kingdom of Atooi posted bail yesterday after being arrested on charges stemming from the Aug. 26 arrival of the Hawaii Superferry.

Dayne Gonsalves, also known as Dayne Aipoalani, and Robert Pa, both were arrested Tuesday during a Planning Commission meeting, police said.

Both men claim Kaua‘i is actually a free and independent nation, the Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi, as a self-governing and sovereign entity.

It also says "more arrests of Atooi members were underway..."

Update 10/26: Star-Bulletin has more. Charges are "obstruction of government operations and disorderly conduct for blocking cars and people coming off the Superferry when it made its lone arrival on Kauai on Aug. 26," and "impersonating a police officer" after officers found "badges for the Kingdom of Atooi which look like Kauai Police Department badges" on them. And "more arrests are expected."

Update 10/27: Now Advertiser has the story, with this:
Gonsalves told The Garden Isle newspaper Thursday that his arrest was illegal.

"We're not imitating. We're a separate entity as the kingdom's marshals. They have no jurisdiction over us," he said.

Posted at 04:17 PM     Permalink      

Sat - October 20, 2007

Superferry hearings

Superferry hearings with the state senate are scheduled starting Sunday. Advertiser story and Star-Bulletin story.

Sunday, October 21, 2pm in Lihue:
King Kaumualii elementary School Cafeteria

Monday, October 22, 3pm in Wailuku:
Henry Perrine Baldwin High School Auditorium

Tuesday, October 23, 3pm in Kailua-Kona:
Kealakehe High School Cafeteria

Wednesday, October 24, 10:30am on Oahu:
State Capitol Auditorium

Here's the link to the draft legislation:

(h/t to Larry)

Posted at 04:47 AM     Permalink      

Sun - October 14, 2007

Poll: Should the Superferry be saved?

Posted at 02:21 PM     Permalink      

Sat - October 13, 2007

Lingle, the military, and the Superferry: forward at any cost

Larry Geller at Disappeared News blog writes:
Hawaii's governor Linda Lingle has canceled her planned trip to Korea, China and Japan to be here for a likely special session of the Hawaii Legislature. She is supporting the Hawaii Superferry Corporation in breaking through the state's environmental protection laws and starting business immediately—over the objections of hundreds if not thousands of Neighbor Island residents.

Why? Maybe it's because the ferry's military usefulness would be lost if it isn't allowed to ply the whale-filled waters around Hawaii. A huge ferry exempted from environmental protection laws is just what is needed to move those Stryker vehicles from island to island.

Is this a "hidden agenda?" It has been discussed largely on the Internet. Lingle has had a hidden military agenda before.

Read the rest... He gives background on the deal concluded by Lingle for military cooperation between Hawaii and Indonesia, and quotes a commenter from another blog who ties it all together well. Definitely worth reading.

I was just out this evening having some cold ones with some braddahs at the beach, and they were quite aware of the military connections and had no doubt that was the "hidden agenda."

And Joan Conrow has this, and a look at Lingle's political background and motivations (including a run for Senate):
Heard from a very reliable, well-placed source that Gov. Lingle issued the order in a private meeting Friday morning: the Superferry moves forward, with no EIS, at any cost.

While Doug White analyzes the secret special session already underway.

And Ian Lind posted a PDF file Rep. Mina Morita’s complaint asking the PUC to suspend the Superferry’s operating authority until the company complies with environmental requirements.

Posted at 08:02 PM     Permalink      

Stryker Brigade Meeting at Nanakuli

Rec'd via email...

From: "Kyle Kajihiro" <>
Subject: [demilnet_Hawaii] FW: Stryker Brigade Meeting at Nanakuli

Please spread the word about these airing of the Army's public meeting in Wai'anae on the Stryker Brigade Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

Also please submit written comments by October 30, 2007.

Requests for more information or written comments may be submitted to the Public Affairs Office, US Army Environmental Command, Building E4460, 5179 Hoadley Road, Attention: IMAE-PA, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5401, telephone: (410) 436-2556, facsimile: (410) 436-1693, e-mail:

For information about why we must stop the Stryker Brigade in Hawaii go to:

Thank you

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From: Cherisse Lum [mailto:clum @]
Sent: Sat 10/13/2007 5:45 PM
To: Kyle Kajihiro
Subject: Stryker Brigade Meeting at Nanakuli

Stryker Brigade Meeting at Nanakuli

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Posted at 07:22 PM     Permalink      

Thu - October 11, 2007

Blogging the Superferry; expect Maui protests...

I haven't been covering the Superferry issue, except to highlight the military connections (here and here) and East Maui resource connections (here), but several other local bloggers have been following it closely, each of them bringing first-hand reporting, investigative research, and/or insightful analysis from their own angles. It has been interesting to watch the bloggers work together to follow the story and refer to each other as they dig up bits and pieces of relevant information. Anyone who learns about the issue only from the papers or TV is far less informed than someone who also gets their news from the blogs.

If you want to be informed, I highly recommend regular visits to these (and reading back through the this week's coverage to catch up with events since the court ruled):

Joan Conrow's Kauai Eclectric
Ian Lind's
Larry Geller's Disappeared News
Doug White's Poinography

One small thought that I would like to add... Maui groups took a legal route to hold the state and the Superferry accountable to the law, and they succeeded. Thus far, large scale protests and civil disobedience have not been needed on Maui. However, should the legislature in a special session now choose to change the law to make an exception for this one business to be able to start operating without completing an EA and possibly EIS first, and the ferry tries again to come to Maui, do not be surprised when Maui folks, feeling they have exhausted the legal recourse and been betrayed by the legislature, turn to protests and civil disobedience similar to Kaua'i. I hear talk... And as Doug pointed out earlier:
Protesters would not necessarily choose (or need) to act on the first visits; a series of randomly unpredictable blockades would be nearly as effective in disrupting the service and causing passengers to form reasonable doubt about the likelihood of reaching their destination (and returning) as scheduled."

He was talking about Kaua'i, but if Maui joins in, his assessment is all the more true.

Meanwhile, let legislators know your views, so hopefully it won't come to that point. Emails to reach all state senators, and emails to reach all representatives.

Update: With the Superferry and politicians claiming public support for the Superferry, I also wanted to draw attention to Larry's analysis of the Star-Bulletin poll, and why the questions and the ways the results are presented are "deeply flawed and manipulative." But even given their misleading questions (and small sample size/high margin of error on neighbor islands), note that 68.7% of Maui respondents said the Superferry should do an EA, and a plurality (46.7%) on Maui say it should not be allowed to operate while the EA is being done. So according to this, even with problematic questions, overall Maui sentiment 1) supports the groups who took the Superferry and the DOT to court, 2) supports the position of Sen. English and other Maui legislators who oppose a special session and a special exception, and 3) will also support protests if it comes to that.

Posted at 06:55 PM     Permalink      

Wed - October 10, 2007

Navy research contract threatens UH; clouded by secrecy & corruption

Haleakala Times has an article by Bart Abbott about ways the Navy affiliated research contract threatens the University of Hawaii, and an article by Kyle Kajihiro about the secrecy and corruption clouding its origin.

More info:

Posted at 07:56 AM     Permalink      

Sat - October 6, 2007

Superferry poll, Stryker connections

Here's the Advertiser poll on the Superferry:
• No SuperFerry at all
• No EIS, No SuperFerry
• Let it sail!!!

Meanwhile from KHNL...
HONOLULU (KHNL) - Is there a military conspiracy involving the Hawaii Superferry? That's what some protesters are saying. Wednesday night, they called the Army out on it during a public hearing at Kawananakoa Intermediate School.

The hearing was not on the Superferry, it was on a draft environmental impact statement over a plan to permanently station a stryker brigade in Hawaii. But Superferry protesters claim there is a disturbing connection.

Posted at 12:31 PM     Permalink      

S-B Poll: UH Navy research facility opposed 2-1

Last week's poll: "Do you agree with the decision by the UH Board of Regents to approve a Navy-affiliated Applied Research Laboratory?"

FINAL RESULTS are more than 2 to 1 against:

Yes 458 (31.09%)
No 1015 (68.91%)
Total votes: 1473

Posted at 09:40 AM     Permalink      

Thu - October 4, 2007

Military recruitment opt-out deadline extended

Hawaii State Dept. of Education gives extension until Nov. 1 of OPT OUT deadline to students and parents wanting to protect their privacy from disclosure to the military.

Students or Parents May Opt Out on Military Recruiter Contacts
By agreement with Hawaii's military recruiters, the DOE will not provide any contact information this year until November 1. Therefore, if students or their parents desire to opt-out, they should submit the completed form or other written opt-out request to their school as soon as possible to ensure non-disclosure.

Download Opt-out form

Posted at 04:14 PM     Permalink      

Mon - October 1, 2007

Star-Bulletin Poll on Navy Research Lab at UH

Take the poll: "Do you agree with the decision by the UH Board of Regents to approve a Navy-affiliated Applied Research Laboratory?"

Update 10/6:
Yes 458 (31.09%)
No 1015 (68.91%)
Total votes: 1473

Posted at 07:51 AM     Permalink      

Fri - September 28, 2007

UH approves military lab

Star-Bulletin reports:
HILO » After hours of emotional testimony in opposition, University of Hawaii regents approved a Navy-affiliated Applied Research Laboratory yesterday, allowing up to $10 million per year in unclassified military and nonmilitary research contracts.

The contract with the Navy will be re-evaluated at the end of three years for possible extension for two more years and the inclusion of classified research.

The vote was 7-1, with one abstention. Regent Jim Haynes voted against the contract, saying he had visited Kahoolawe and saw damage done by years of Navy artillery fire, never completely cleaned up.

Advertiser also has a story.

Posted at 05:34 AM     Permalink      

Wed - September 26, 2007

Opponents dominate Stryker environmental review forum

Advertiser reports:
Representatives of the U.S. Army listened to a stream of criticism last night of the Army's proposal to permanently base a Stryker brigade combat team in Hawai'i.
The hearing drew almost 100 people, nearly all opposed to the Stryker project.
The three Hawaiian groups called the 'Ilio'ulaokalani Coalition, Na 'Imi Pono and Kipuka filed a lawsuit in 2004 charging that the Stryker project would damage Native Hawaiian cultural sites and harm endangered species and their habitats.

The new draft of the environmental report confirms there would be "significant" impacts on cultural resources, soil erosion, wildfire management and noise.

Star-Bulletin also has an article.

Stryker hearings

Four more Stryker meetings are planned. All are 5:30 to 9:45 p.m.

» Tonight: Waimea (Big Island) Community Center
» Monday: Nanakuli High cafeteria
» Tuesday: Wahiawa District Park
» Oct. 3: Kawananakoa Intermediate cafeteria

Written public comments may be submitted before the Oct. 30 deadline to

Posted at 06:26 AM     Permalink      

Report: The Dirty Secret About UH Navy Research Center

Advertiser reports:
Opponents of a U.S. Navy-affiliated research center proposed for the University of Hawai'i yesterday decried the center, which would conduct research for the military, as "rotten to the core" ahead of an expected final vote by the Board of Regents tomorrow in Hilo.

"What is happening is that defense research is being channeled right into the heart of the university," said Noel Kent, an ethnic studies professor at UH. "The whole way in which the university conducts defense and secret research is being changed dramatically, and this is what we oppose."

About 40 opponents of the University Affiliated Research Center plan, some carrying green "Save UH, Stop UARC" placards, held a news conference at Bachman Hall, the university's administrative office.

Some alternately shouted "Hewa!" and "Shame!" when the university wouldn't open locked doors to allow opponents to drop off copies of an 84-page report titled "The Dirty Secret About UARC" compiled by Kyle Kajihiro.

"We want them (the Board of Regents) to know what they are getting into," opponent Ikaika Hussey said.

The website has been newly updated with current info on the issue, including the report referred to above.

Star-Bulletin also has the story.

Posted at 06:14 AM     Permalink      

Sun - September 23, 2007

DU at Makua? Sonar harms whales? The future of Kaho'olawe?

Star-Bulletin reports on the Army's search in the Makua area for depleted uranium left over from weapons tests.

Advertiser reports on efforts to study the effects of Navy sonar on Hawaii's rare beaked whales.

And in a Star-Bulletin op-ed, Jackie M. Young discussed the future of Kaho'olawe, based on a presentation in August by KIRC executive director Sol Kaho'ohalahala.
...only 74 percent of the surface ordnance is gone, and a mere 9 percent of the subsurface ordnance down to 4 feet is cleared.
But the federal trust fund set up to clean up the island has insufficient funds left to complete the job. Unfortunately, Kaho'ohalahala doesn't think it's the right political climate now to push for additional congressional funds, but "we must be vigilant."

Despite the progress being made on Kaho'olawe, it's disappointing to hear that the U.S. military will be leaving one more island in the Pacific in disrepair because of its actions. Nuclear tests in the 1950s and '60s on Bikini Atoll, Christmas Island, Johnston Atoll and Enewetak Atoll come to mind. Military experiments in Hawaii continue to this day.

It's outrageous that the Navy didn't fulfill its responsibility and complete the cleanup of Kaho'olawe.

No wonder native Hawaiians are so angry.

And so should we be.

Posted at 06:59 AM     Permalink      

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