2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 17:41:13 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: "Kaho'olawe Uncovered"
Kaho'olawe Uncovered IV
The cleanup: part four in a series about Maui County's most mysterious isle.

Scott Broadbent
Maui Weekly (HI)
December 2, 2010

On Oct. 22, 1990, with the stroke of a pen, President George H.W. Bush ended nearly five decades of bombardment on the island of Kaho'olawe.

The following month, the U.S. Congress established the Kaho'olawe Island Conveyance Commission (KICC) to recommend the terms for the return of the island to the State of Hawai'i, identify portions of the island suitable for restoration with cost estimates and suggest agencies capable of undertaking restoration and managing resources.


According to Navy officials, 75 percent of the island was surface-cleared of UXO with ten percent cleared to a depth of four feet. Twenty-five percent remains un-cleared of UXO and is considered to be off-limits and extremely dangerous.

The state is mandated to hold the island in trust until it can be handed over to a "sovereign Native Hawaiian entity," a body that has yet to be formally created or recognized by the state or federal government.

Despite the enormous challenges, KIRC and PKO are moving forward with plans to restore Kaho'olawe and revitalize the island Native Hawaiians hold to be sacred.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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