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Paradise Lost: Military Training in Makua Valley (encore edition)


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The Marines train in Makua Valley. Source: Honolulu Star Bulletin

The Marines train in Makua Valley. Source: Honolulu Star Bulletin

Makua Valley, on the island of Oahu, is where Native Hawaiians lived for more than a thousand years. That is until the U.S. military evicted the natives so they could use the area for training with live ammunition and weapons.

Native Hawaiian and Making Contact intern Samson Reiny reports on what happens when the military takes over historically sacred land, and on how people are fighting back to reclaim this once pristine area. On this edition, we’re offered a glimpse into a paradise lost.

This program was produced as part of National Radio Project’s internship program.


Momi Kamahele, Makua Makahiki cultural advisor; David Henkin, Earth Justice attorney; Kyle Kajihiro, Makua Makahiki member; Fred Dodge, Malama Makua spokesman; Summer Nemeth, English teacher and demilitarization activist.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Intern Producer: Samson Reiny
Producer: Andrew Stelzer
Associate Producer: Puck Lo
Interns: Samson Reiny and Elena Botkin-Levy

For more information:

American Friends Service Committee – Honolulu, HI

DMZ-Hawaii/Aloha `Aina – Honolulu, HI

Earth Justice – Honolulu, HI

Malama Makua
Fred Dodge


Robi Kahakalau
Israel Kamakawioole

Author: Radio Project

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