• “Volunteers of all skills, and no particular skills”

    Dear editor:

    Malu ‘Aina is an all volunteer organic non-profit peace farm that grows food to share with people in need, and to support it’s work for justice, peace, and protecting the environment.  We can use all kinds of volunteer help, from coordinating volunteers to helping on specific projects that need to be done around the farm including: planting, weeding, harvesting, carpentry, and painting projects.  We are looking for volunteers that can work anywhere between an hour or more a week/month to live-in residents.  This can be a great internship opportunity for those interested in organic farming and/or non-violent activism.

    In addition to our present 8-acre farm, we may soon be acquiring an adjacent 11 acres of deep soil ag land that we would like to make available to serve the community in growing organic food.  We would like to involve individuals and groups in a cooperative effort to carry this project forward.

    I am particularly interested in finding someone to pass the torch to in coordinating overall responsibility for the farm.  After 30 years of farming, I would like to focus more on the peace, justice, and environmental educational aspects of Malu ‘Aina,  such as demilitarizing Hawaii, and turn the farm responsibility over to the next generation. If any of the above interests you, please email or call me and let’s talk story!  Malu ‘Aina is located just 10 miles south of Hilo in Ola’a (Kurtistown).  Please pass the word to others who may be interested as well.  Mahalo and solidarity for a just, peaceful, and healthy Hawaii and world.

    Jim Albertini, President

    Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

    PS    If you are ever free on a Friday afternoon (even for 5 minutes), please join the weekly Hilo Peace Vigil at the downtown Post Office from 3:30 – 5PM.  You can also sign up on our website for alerts on new posts.  Volunteer kalo planting day, Saturday, Oct. 2nd 9-11AM at Malu ‘Aina. Pot luck afterwards.  Email or call for directions.

    Feed the People.  Starve the War machine. 1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, etc.

    5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

    Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.

    Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email ja@interpac.net http://www.malu-aina.org

    Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Sept. 24, 2010 – 471st week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office.

    Posted by Tiffany Edwards Hunt @ 10:17 am

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27 Responses

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  • Peter Mackenzie Says:

    Thank you, Jim, for so many years of dedication.
    May the Malu’Aina farm thrive as you transition.

  • Russell Ruderman Says:

    What Peter said!

  • Thomas Says:

    Good luck Jim…………..thanks

  • Tom Lackey Says:

    Say Jim,

    just whom or what are you planning to have protect this country while you piddle in your garden and bad mouth this country’s military?

    I do agree with you that war is not very nice and people are dying in an effort to keep the wolfs off of our shores. I would just like to know what your plan is for world piece and protection?

    Maybe you could grow some hemlock on that organic farm of yours and invite this nations enemies over for a free dinner and serve up a nice hemlock salad. Hey, we would not need a military for that just a bunch of hippies serving dinner and oh yea, assigned seating. Sure would not want to give a salad to the wrong terriorst.

    The Lack

  • silverpenny Says:

    Why do we need protection? From whom? The enemy is within, not without. The fear mongering about safety and homeland security is responsible for tens and thousands of lost lives, here and abroad. We don’t need military. We need farms and food and fun.

    Mahalo for all the work you’ve done and continue to do, Jim.

  • Doc Says:

    Gee Tom, you should go up to the farm sometime, you might actually like Jim if you made time to talk to him. I’ve known Jim for decades and he has never bad mouthed the rank and file soldier, but has fought for, and continues to fight for them – his bitch is with the big boys running the show, along with a corrupt Congress and defense industry making money off of dead kids everywhere. Jim is one of my heroes of all time.

  • Tom Lackey Says:

    Well that dose it for me I’m totally done with letting people like Jim Albertini and the Michael More’s ruffle my feathers. They live under the blanket of protection that the military provides them, rank and file to the presidents military advisors yet they snivel like spoiled little school girls. None of these kind of people have or ever will pick up so much as a stick to ward off evil and protect their fellow mankind. Their stock in trade is jacking their jaws.

    Some should wake up and see these people for just what they are and God help us if we should ever need them in a actual crisis. Sorry folks and please forgive my rude fingers on this keyboard but the military and “everyone’ in it are my heros. The subversive type that disguised themself as patriots and undermine this country are not my favorite kind of people.

    Enough said, and I will not let this happen to me again.
    God bless our military and everything that you do for us.

    The Lack

  • Pete Altomare Says:

    The US military overthrew the Kingdom of Hawaii in January of 1893.

  • Greg Says:

    Mahalo Jim Albertini for vigorously exercising the rights that we military and former military have defended. Protests of conscience are truly unselfish and patriotic.

    Some of the most unpatriotic acts I can think of are to sit on one’s ass and accept the status quo; or to use war as a tool for monetary profit.

  • Pete Altomare Says:

    Greg,
    You said it right.
    And thank you.

  • Pete Altomare Says:

    And I add my personal thanks to Jim Albertini, for his conscience and efforts in defense of us all, even when some can’t understand.

  • go lakers Says:

    When President Clinton was elected to office in 1992, Vietnam COMBAT veterans sent him 5 purple hearts, three Vietnam service medals, a combat infantry badge, and a fellow Arkansas’ presented Clinton his bronze star.

    Threeweeks after the 1992 election, Clinton received a remarkable letter from former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara who under President Kennedy and Johnson prosecuted the Vietnam war. He was moved to write after reading a story about Frank Aller,Clinton’s roommate at Oxford, who had resisted the draft and killed himself in 1971. This is what McNamara said:

    “For me-and I believe for the nation as well-the Vietnam war finally ended when you were elected President. By their votes, the American people, at long last, recognized that the Allers and Clintons, when they questioned the wisdom and morality of their government’s decision relating to the Vietnam war, were no less patriotic than those who served in uniform. The anguish with which you and your friends debated our actions in 1969 were painful for you than, and I am sure, the resurrecion of the issues during the campaign opened up old wounds. But the dignity in which you met the attacks and your refusal to draw back from the belief it is the job of all citizens to question the basis of any decision to send our youth to war, has strengthened the nation for all time.”

    It’s funny how the passage of time can interpet a different meaning to history than what was perceived and thought in the past.

    Martin Luther King and Muhammed Ali were perceived with scorn by many in the 60’s and 70′ and today are symbols of peace and love, and fighting and standing up for your beliefs no matter what the consequences.

    The Jim Albertini’s also should be accorded the same respect.

  • Dwight Kondo Says:

    Lack:

    Jim Albertini is a person you oughta’ consider being more like yourself.

    Dis is one haole who stay give Haoles one real positive role model.

    Jim Albertini proves that it is not about race.

    It is called taking responsibility for the ill deeds of your own countrymen.

    Be humble, brah.

    Try show some Aloha for the Hawaiian People.

    No shame tell the truth.

    Have you taken your patriotic songs down Waipio or Onekahakaha yet?

    If not, why not?

  • Doc Says:

    Tom, who made you the “decider” as to who is a patriot and who is not? This sounds downright UnAmerican. Maybe its you who is the “subversive type”.

  • Darren Says:

    It’s cool, Tom.

    Admirers of Jim’s works perhaps have better than average stores of forgiveness and compassion.

    That whole, “remove the beam from your own eye, rather than the mote from your brother’s eye” seems to be one of JC’s best riffs regarding such things.

    And yet, we still get pissed.

    Peace ain’t always easy.

  • Darren Says:

    Er, that might have been John, Paul, Matthew,
    …or even Ringo’s riff.
    Still, it’s a good one.

  • Dwight Kondo Says:

    The Lack
    (of what)

    If you love your military so much, why do you support sending them on these deadly fool’s missions

    like Iraqamire and Afghaniscam?

    Your kind of politics just wastes young people–

    Wastes them for corporations and foreign powers.

    Your warmongering beliefs is bad for YOUR country, let alone ours.

    Your blind advocacy for wars that ruins a lot of these young’uns and turns them so far off,

    that they’d never believe a chicken-flippin’ lout (THESE SORT OF COMMENTS GET PEOPLE KICKED OFF THIS SITE. YOU ARE ON NOTICE! WTF?! — tceh)

    like you

    ever again.

    Like me, now.

    In fact, after what you and the warmongers sent them off to do,

    they will be more radicalized than even I ever wanted to see them become.

    Tom, U S Y!

  • go lakers Says:

    Wasn’t Timothy McVeigh trained in the Gulf War?

  • Tiff Says:

    “they’d never believe a chicken-flippin’ lout”

    YO! I COMMAND YOU FOLKS NOT TO GET PERSONAL.

    UNDASTAND?

    GO FIND ANOTHER DAMN BLOG TO CAMP OUT ON IF YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE YOUR POLITICS TO LOW BLOWS LIKE ATTACKING PEOPLE’S LIVELIHOODS. GO, NOW! YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT TO BE HERE ON THIS SITE THAT I WORK REALLY HARD TO MAINTAIN, IF YOU ARE GOING TO DENINGRATE PEOPLE WHO THINK DIFFERENTLY THAN YOU. I REFUSE TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO TREAT OTHERS LIKE THAT. PEOPLE LIKE TOM ARE TRYING TO EARN AN HONEST LIVING AND, JUST BECAUSE HE THINKS DIFFERENTLY THAN YOU, DOESN’T MEAN YOU NEED TO GO BELOW THE BELT.

    THAT IS JUST TOTALLY UNCALLED FOR AND IT’S ACTUALLY HOW PEOPLE GET KICKED OFF THIS SITE. THAT RIGHT THERE. EVERYONE ELSE SHOULD BE ON NOTICE THAT THAT IS NOT OKAY. I DON’T CARE WHAT SIDE OF PEACE OR WAR YOU STAND ON, YOU DON’T TREAT PEOPLE LIKE THAT! GET AN EFFING CLUE! NOW!

  • Dwight Kondo Says:

    One more thought for what is lacking:

    Having known and worked with Jim Albertini over the last 37 years, I bet all the shiny opihi shells picked next full moon,

    THAT JIM’S ACTIVITIES AND ADVOCACIES HAVE SAVED MORE LIVES, AMERICAN AND OTHERWISE,

    Than you.

    Jim has educated more people, than Lack.
    Jim has fed more poor people, than Lack.
    Jim has helped more marginalized communities, than Lack.
    Jim has more friends of every race, than Lack.
    Jim has more Kanaka friends, than Lack.
    Jim has been more right about world and local events,

    than Lack.

    If our island community was faced with a serious crisis, Jim Albertini will be more beneficial and resourceful than…

    but now

    I lack the time to explain anymore

    I LACK THE TIME TO BABYSIT PEOPLE WHO RIDE THE SHORT BUS! KNOCK IT OFF WITH THE PERSONAL INSULTS OR GO WRITE IN A JOURNAL, BECAUSE YOU WILL BE BANNED FROM THIS SITE! — TCEH

  • Doc Says:

    I try really hard to not get personal and I don’t generally condone nasty remarks. I hope your message is to Tom as well, after all he’s the one who started it by pretty much calling Jim a hippie terrorist who should kill himself. Just saying.

  • Tiffany Edwards Hunt Says:

    No, Doc, I’m not referring to Tom Lackey at all. He didn’t call Jim a “hippie terrorist.” That is your perception of what he said, which was: “I’m totally done with letting people like Jim Albertini and the Michael More’s ruffle my feathers. They live under the blanket of protection that the military provides them, rank and file to the presidents military advisors yet they snivel like spoiled little school girls. None of these kind of people have or ever will pick up so much as a stick to ward off evil and protect their fellow mankind. Their stock in trade is jacking their jaws.”
    Where in that do you read a personal attack, i.e., calling Albertini a terrorist? Where do you read an attack on Jim Albertini’s livelihood? It’s not there. He is frustrated that Albertini complains about the US and yet enjoys freedoms such as freedom of speech. See it for what it is… You don’t have to take a shot at how Lackey earns his income because he sees things differently than you. You really don’t.
    I’m sorry, but my father is US Navy retired and I may not agree with him on war, but I’ll war with anyone that wants to personally attack my father. My father and I, prior to his Alzheimer’s, used to have really gnarly fights about politics. But we never got personal. We kept it at the politics.
    Tom Lackey represents a generation of people, just like Jim Albertini does. So, if my blog is going to be use as a dialogue for a diversity of opinions, I demand a level of civility that is not being abided by here. If you don’t like it, go somewhere else to state your opinions in a public forum. Seriously. I do not have the time to act as playground monitor. I have far more worries than to have to worry about people taking pot shots over each other’s difference of opinions. Over war. You want to be an example? Don’t war with words.

  • Thomas Says:

    I have known Jim for more than 20 years. He has always helped people that are the most vulnerable, like the homeless, and defended the most persecuted. The United States sent him to prison for an act of civil discordance.

    He was a political prisoner. That was proved when he was freed because the Hawaii legislature passed a resolution stating as much and demanding he be freed.

    Hawaii county had passed a nuclear free zone ordnance and the navy violated it. Jim jumped in the water to prevent a ship from docking in violation of the people of Hawaii counties wishes and law, for that he spent 2 years in prison.

    He earned the right to his opinions and the respect of people around the world.

    He also was instrumental in organizing the Big Island Rain forest Action network, that saved Wao Kele O Puna forest from True Geothermal.

    He is an American Hero, who stood up for the little guy on many issue not just unjust wars.

    Thank you Jim I learned a lot from you as did thousands of others. I am using some of that now in our efforts to end the cannabis wars right here at home.

    Thank you my friend live long and prosper.

  • Doc Says:

    No, I didn’t say a word about Tom’s livelihood.
    For the record, Tom said, “Maybe you could grow some hemlock on that organic farm of yours and invite this nations enemies over for a free dinner and serve up a nice hemlock salad. Hey, we would not need a military for that just a bunch of hippies serving dinner and oh yea, assigned seating. Sure would not want to give a salad to the wrong terriorst.” Maybe you missed that part.
    He also said, “None of these kind of people have or ever will pick up so much as a stick to ward off evil and protect their fellow mankind.” I must stick up for “the troops” here; many of “these kind of people” ARE vets and that is why they help Jim.

  • Tiffany Edwards Hunt Says:

    I honestly did miss that part.

    I just feel like crying, I seriously cannot stand this blog right now and if I could make it go black tonight I would.

    Tonight I’m having to deal with someone called H Noble bringing my unborn child into a political discussion on another thread that was intended to be a Friends for Justice ad supporting cannabis friendly candidates.

    Obviously, people do not get the fact that I’m not a politician and the discussion shouldn’t be about me.

    And obviously people lack civility, particularly with the latitude of a pseudonym.

    I’m really feeling quite over it.

    I just want to be pregnant and hang out with my fiends and family.

    I’m over being the playground monitor and having people incite me with personal attacks.

    It’s supposed to be about allowing a venue for people with diverse opinions to come together and engage in dialogue that actually builds community. It’s failing miserably today.

  • Thomas Says:

    Politics tends to do that, probably why so many stay out of it…..I know I wouldn’t want to run, and give credit and thanks to all who do…..Feel better tiff and thanks for doing the blog.

  • mackenzie Says:

    Humans are messy. Thanks Jim, Thanks Tiff for helping with difficult discussions. This is us.

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