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Kauai groups to protest RIMPAC naval exercise in Hawaii

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:00 p.m. HST, Jun 06, 2014

<br />Courtesy U.S. Navy<br />RIMPAC 2012 was the biggest ever held, with 22 nations participating. China will take part next year.<br />

LIHUE >> Kauai organizations are planning to protest international maritime exercises hosted by the U.S. Navy this summer.

A coalition called Oceans 4 Peace says it will educate the public on the dangers of what it calls "permanent war preparation and naval military harm" to oceans. Among its concerns is how sonar affects marine mammals.

More than 20 countries are expected to participate in Rim of the Pacific exercises starting June 26. Some of the exercises will take place in waters off Kauai. China will be sending ships to the drills for the first time. The drills are held every other year in Hawaii waters.

The activists will kick off a series of public events with a teach-in panel discussion and film in Lihue on Saturday, The Garden Island newspaper reported.

Kip Goodwin of Kauai Alliance for Peace and Justice says preparing for war will only encourage more war.

"It is time nations prepare for peace and do training exercises that build bridges instead of walls," he wrote in a release.

Kalasara Setaysha, chair of Kohola Leo, said naval sonar harms whale and dolphin hearing, which the marine mammals need to survive.

Pacific Missile Range Facility spokesman Stefan Alford said the Navy has permits to conduct training and activities around Hawaii. He said most of the time the only way sonar affects marine mammals is to temporarily disrupt their feeding or foraging. No marine mammals are expected to die as a result of the exercises, he said.

The coalition also expressed concerns about the Navy's plans to sink decommissioned vessels, saying they would be left to pollute the ocean floor.

Alford says the vessels have been "rigorously cleaned in accordance with federal Environmental Protection Agency requirements."

Oceans 4 Peace, which includes the Kauai Sierra Club and People for the Preservation of Kauai, has set up a RIMPAC hotline where people can call in and report strange or dangerous activities that may have been caused by the exercises.

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salsacoquibx wrote:
sorry this aint the super ferry where you can just put surfborads in front and stop the process..
on June 6,2014 | 09:06AM
pcman wrote:
If Kauaians have a better idea for how to interact with our allies and neighboring countries on dealing with humanitarian assistance and natural disasters then put it forward. If they don't have a better idea, then shut it up.
on June 6,2014 | 12:00PM
entrkn wrote:
Since they succeeded in stopping the Super Ferry, why shouldn't they all paddle their kayaks and surfboards out into the paths of all the naval vessels to stop RIMPAC...? It should be entertaining for the rest of us. They may as well because Mufi is bringing back the Super Ferry and they aren't going to stop Mufi's Super Ferry.
on June 6,2014 | 02:54PM
WJS wrote:
What kind of pretzel logic is this? Kip Goodwin of Kauai Alliance for Peace and Justice says preparing for war will only encourage more war. Which by extension means that preparing for a hurricane will only encourage more hurricanes? I'm just so tired of bull like this.
on June 6,2014 | 09:20AM
Winston wrote:
Or, like, you know, preparing for cavities by, like, you know, going to the dentist, like, just causes, more cavities.
on June 6,2014 | 11:39AM
Or like preparing more food so you can eat more....well, I guess that would be correct, so lets say preparing more food so you can get fat.
on June 6,2014 | 12:44PM
username_required wrote:
Having nukes encourages other nations to want nukes. Using PEDs encourages other athletes to use PEDs. Getting a college degree to be more competitive in the labor market encourages others to get a college degree. Improving your pretzels makes other pretzel vendors improve their pretzels.
on June 6,2014 | 12:39PM
Thank You, was thinking the same thing. (well along the same line of thought.)
on June 6,2014 | 12:43PM
stingray65 wrote:
WJS, Thanks, this guy Goodwin, is very confused individual…His brain is in wrong part of his body!! America is a peacful country! I wonder if he ever serve the Military so he can protect his freedom?
on June 6,2014 | 02:00PM
etalavera wrote:
Should have a group to protest the protesters. Cryin' & whinin'; it's the Kauai way!
on June 6,2014 | 09:28AM
beachbum11 wrote:
Trust fund babes, no else better to do. Get a job and pay yor taxes
on June 6,2014 | 01:30PM
eoe wrote:
In other news, "Wah...wah,wah."
on June 6,2014 | 09:35AM
kauai wrote:
Wow, what's up with some of these folks on Kauai? Don't they realize that the sacrifices made (and are making) by the military personnel have given them the freedoms they currently enjoy? Try that kind of protest in *fill-in-a-totalitarian-state-here*, and see what happens at 2 a.m. I'm almost sorry I chose the handle I'm using.
on June 6,2014 | 09:49AM
rayhawaii wrote:
I think when some country starts sending their missiles over here to blow us up, we shouldn't shoot down any missiles headed toward Kauai.
on June 6,2014 | 10:58AM
Sunny wrote:
Sadly, these protesting folks are not "local" Kauaians, they are mainland and foreign transplants (typically well to do) that have their own agendas. Typically, these protesters want to carve out their piece of Paradise and are anti everything that will bring progress and prosperity to the true "local" folks.
on June 6,2014 | 12:56PM
kainalu wrote:
Ironic. Protest the military practicing to protect your right to protest.
on June 6,2014 | 10:35AM
rayhawaii wrote:
"It is time nations prepare for peace and do training exercises that build bridges instead of walls........Sounds really good but there will be as in the beginning of time, today and tomorrow some nation or religious group that doesn't want to build any bridges. As soon as one nation drops their arms, KABOOM!!!!!!! We got those peacemakers nation.
on June 6,2014 | 10:55AM
palisadesron wrote:
Time we voted Kauai off the islands
on June 6,2014 | 11:26AM
dyw001 wrote:
Kauai should secede from the state.
on June 6,2014 | 01:01PM
beachbum11 wrote:
Trust fund baby 's. Need to get a real job.
on June 6,2014 | 01:31PM
Freedive wrote:
Idiots. The ships that are scuttled as part of RIMPAC are scrubbed clean and inspected prior to sinking, and provide extremely valuable protective habitats for fish and other sea creatures in the area. I wouldn't be surprised if these yahoos are affiliated with those Sea Shepherd psychopaths.
on June 6,2014 | 01:36PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Kauai activist K. Goodwin said that preparing for war will only encourage more war. I'm no war monger but I think Mr. Goodwin is wrong. The opposite is true. Currently in the Pacific, tin horn dictators, like the kid in North Korea who killed his uncle in cold blood, are trigger happy and all too willing to use military might at the drop of a hat. The only thing that keeps these trouble makers in line is a strong military presence in the Pacific of America and other democracies who show these international bullies that if they cause trouble with peace loving nations who are not afraid to fight back against aggression, the bullies will be in trouble.
on June 6,2014 | 01:37PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
The right to protest is one of the reasons we have a military. I realize this sounds strange but the fact that people can protest is a testament to how well our military is doing in protecting our freedom. So lets go ahead and celebrate the right of some of our citizens to protest, we don't have to agree with their perspectives, and sometimes agreeing to disagree is the best possible outcome we can achieve. Let's also hope for a safe RIMPAC exercise for all of the participating militaries. Aloha.
on June 6,2014 | 01:42PM
Kuokoa wrote:
F...ing Kauai people always against something. Why don't you just cecede from Hawaii and the USA and start their own country! WTF!
on June 6,2014 | 02:45PM
mmcmssawnuc wrote:
Snivel snivel, whine whine.
on June 6,2014 | 03:52PM
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