When will U.S. military leave our islands alone?

The United States wanted to use Hawaii as a platform from which they could have a dominant military presence in the Pacific, and 120 years later they continue to flex their military power in our islands. Isn’t it enough that they damaged our island of Kahoolawe?

During World War II, Kahoolawe was used as a training ground and bombing range by the armed forces of the United States. After decades of protest, the U.S. Navy ended their live-fire training exercises on Kahoolawe in 1990, and the whole island was transferred to the jurisdiction of the State of Hawaii in 1994.

When will the United States military forces leave our island home alone? Leave it alone and don’t damage any more of our islands. Cleanup is hard and is done by local residents and students of the islands. Our entire islands are used for cultural practices, spiritual healing and sustainability on land and in our oceans.

Isn’t there other places to perform your exercises? How’s about Mar-a-Lago, or Washington, D.C.? Pretty sure they have mountain ranges they can practice their military maneuvers. And what about the Atlantic Ocean, or the Indian Ocean, or other waters instead of our Pacific Ocean?

People of Ko Hawai’i Pae Aina, rise up and makaala. Stop this from happening. Email your message to the Navy: NFPAC-Receive@navy.mil, before Jan 7, 2019.

Comment why they shouldn’t do this in our islands.

Gracey Gomes