As residents of Hawaiʻi, Kanaka Maoli, and their allies, we oppose implementation of the MV-22 and H-1 Aircraft Project proposed by the American Navy and Marine Corps. We feel that there has not been enough time for substantial discussion with the community to assess the impact of this project. The information provided to the community in their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has only raised anxieties about the impacts that this project will have on our communities. We are concerned about the impact the aircrafts and the construction on the bases will have on nearby residential areas, schools, and the environment. The EIS fails to address issues of noise and safety as they apply to specific sites in Hawai‘i. For instance, nowhere does the Navy consider material factors such as the reverberation of noise on the Ko‘olau mountains across Kane‘ohe Bay or effects on student-learning at King Intermediate, which lies directly across the runways at Kane‘ohe MCBH.
We are also disturbed by the Project’s failures to address Native Hawaiian community concerns about the military use of sacred lands. We fully support the Native Hawaiian communities' right to invoke Section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act and demand that consultation procedures be extended to address extant concerns regarding the proper identification and protection of Native Hawaiian cultural,historical sites as defined by Native Hawaiian cultural practioners and experts.
This situation calls for strong leadership from our State representatives. We demand that the State become accountable to its people and conduct a full and thorough investigation with significant input of community members and allies before any further implementation of this project.
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