ABOUT PŌHAKULOA TRAINING AREA
The Military Pōhakuloa Training Area (PTA), located in the center of Hawaiʻi Island, is a 133,000-acre live-fire bombing range for all branches of the U.S. military. Even other countries bomb Pōhakuloa as part of RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) war games conducted every two years. At last count, at least 24 countries participated. Bombing at Pōhakuloa has been going on for more than 75 years.
The U.S. military calls PTA the “Premier Training Area of the Pacific!” The big question is training for what? Is it training for peace, freedom and democracy? Is it training for Hoʻoponopono – how to heal and repair the damages of centuries of war? Or is it training for regime changes, endless war, including the end of civilization through nuclear war?
PTA has been a training ground for nuclear war ever since the 1960s and perhaps before that. In the 1960s, crews were trained at PTA to fire the Davy Crockett nuclear weapons systems. At the time it was classified Top Secret. They fired Depleted Uranium (DU) spotting rounds to replicate the actual firing of the nuclear weapon. Military testimony before the Hawaiʻi Council in 2008 said that up to 2000 DU spotting rounds for the Davy Crockett were fired at PTA. There have even been unconfirmed reports from several sources that actual Davy Crockett nuclear weapons were exploded at Pohakuloa.
What we do know is that other training for nuclear war has taken place, and is very likely still taking place at PTA, behind a wall of secrecy. It has been confirmed that B-52 and B-2 strategic bombers have flown monthly non-stop from Louisiana, Missouri and Guam to bomb Pōhakuloa and return home without ever touching down in Hawaiʻi (except for their bombs). B-2 stealth bombers are now deployed from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. One B-2 bomber is named the Spirit of Hawaiʻi.
Malu ‘Āina (Land of Peace) is the Hawaiian name given to the Center for Non-Violent Education and Action, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
Malu ‘Āina is located ten miles south of the city of Hilo on Hawaiʻi Island, and is a spiritual community based on peace, justice and sustainable organic farming. The communityʻs founder, Jim Albertini, is a leader in non-violent activism on Hawaiʻi Island and has been prominent in the resistance, along with countless others, to U.S. militarization in Hawaiʻi, especially the military base at Pōhakuloa.
This video begins at the 11:27 mark by documenting at Pōhakuloa, Earth Day, ‘Apelila 22, 2018: 11:27 - 18:38. Ruth Alouaʻs presentation on militarization and Pōhakuloa follows at 18:41. Full videos at Pohakuloa by Pi‘ikea Keawekane-Stafford @ https://www.facebook.com/camkai76/vid... Ruth Aloua presentation at Hilo Community College, Iulai 19, 2017 @ https://youtu.be/cTpLp07vZF4. Cameras: Oren Tsutsumi and Pi‘ikea Keawekane-Stafford.