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    Hawaii under US military occupation Zoe Kenny, Sydney Green Left Weekly issue #715 Not many people realize that Hawaiians feel that our country is under an
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      Hawaii under US military occupation
      Zoe Kenny, Sydney
      Green Left Weekly issue #715


      "Not many people realize that Hawaiians feel that our country is under
      an occupation", Terrilee Kekoolani, an organizer with the DMZ Hawaii
      activist coalition, told a public meeting of 20 people on June 19. She
      was in Australia to take part in protests against the US-Australian
      Talisman Sabre war games in Queensla! nd.

      Kekoolani explained that in 1893 the US organized a coup against the
      Hawaiian government of Queen Liliuokalani. This paved the way for a
      full-scale US military occupation in 1898.

      Today, there 44,000 active duty US personnel in Hawaii, who along with
      their 65,000 dependents and 100,000 retired military personnel, make
      up 17% of the islands' population. Kekoolani said that native
      Hawaiians, 20% of the population, have become a "marginalized minority
      within our own land".

      The US military controls 100,000 hectares of Hawaiian land and 22.4%
      of the land on Oahu. The US military plans to seize a further 10,000
      hectares acres of land for live-fire training.

      The Pentagon also plans to station a nuclear aircraft carrier battle
      group in the islands, adding 20,000 more military personnel and their
      families to Hawaii's population.

      Kekoolani said that, as a result of US weapons testing, Hawaii now has
      more than 1000 contaminated sites. In August 2005, depleted uranium
      spotting rounds were discovered on Oahu, despite the military's claims
      that it never used depleted uranium in Hawaii.

      She explained how a network of environmental activist groups groups,
      along with local community groups with native Hawaiians in the
      forefront, have been fighting for decades against the US military
      presence.

      In 1976, one of these groups began a series of occupations on one of
      the areas affected by US Navy bombing exercises. Kekoolani took part
      in the final occupation, which lasted three days. In 2004, a march
      against the US military presence drew more than 10,000 people.

      Kekoolani noted that in 1993 "the US apologized to our people" for its
      takeover of Hawaii and "yet today they are expanding their presence".

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