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Jon Letman

Jon Letman is an independent journalist on Kauai. He writes about politics, people and the environment in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Time For RIMPAC Training In Hawaii Is Over Civil Beat

The Time For RIMPAC Training In Hawaii Is Over

Instead, these militaries could shore up hospitals, testing centers and morgues that are being pushed to the breaking point.

Trip To Iran Triggers Thoughts Of Hawaii’s Role In War Jon Letman

Trip To Iran Triggers Thoughts Of Hawaii’s Role In War

From Pohakuloa to Kahoolawe to RIMPAC, the defense industry is regrettably central to the state’s economy.

Kauai Plays A Growing Role Testing Technology For Tomorrow’s Nuclear Weapons Mike Bejarano and Mark Olona/Sandia National Laboratories

Kauai Plays A Growing Role Testing Technology For Tomorrow’s Nuclear Weapons

With little fanfare, experimental missiles are being launched at the Kauai Test Facility to test technologies being considered for future weapons programs.

The Peace Boat In Hawaii: ‘We Absolutely Must Not Wage War’ Courtesy: Peace Boat

The Peace Boat In Hawaii: ‘We Absolutely Must Not Wage War’

Survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on Japan during World War II visited Pearl Harbor and spoke at the University of Hawaii.

Military’s Live-Fire Training Ignites Resistance From Some Big Island Neighbors Jon Letman

Military’s Live-Fire Training Ignites Resistance From Some Big Island Neighbors

Pohakuloa Training Area, an Army-controlled site the size of Guam, is the largest U.S. military training ground in the Pacific.

The Untimely Death Of A Marshall Islands Visionary Hilary Hosia

The Untimely Death Of A Marshall Islands Visionary

Author Jon Letman sat down with Mattlan Zackhras last year for a wide-ranging conversation on his vision and hope for the tiny island nation.

A Different Kind Of Sickness    

A Different Kind Of Sickness    

The U.S. Senate vote on health care brings to mind the failure to recognize the harmful effects of militarism.

Hirono’s Statement On Overseas Bases Flies In The Face Of Reality Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hirono’s Statement On Overseas Bases Flies In The Face Of Reality

Protestations of politicians aside, the U.S. does force its military facilities on foreign lands, including South Korea and Okinawa.

Okinawa Documentary Portrays The Legacy Of War Courtesy: Siglo Ltd.

Okinawa Documentary Portrays The Legacy Of War

Director John Junkerman wants people to know what is going on in Okinawa and the military experience that looms over the island.

How Islam Is Gaining A Foothold In Micronesia Jon Letman/Civil Beat

How Islam Is Gaining A Foothold In Micronesia

A mosque and a Muslim congregation are flourishing in the Marshall Islands by demonstrating Islam is a force for good in the community.

Climate Change Is A ‘Matter Of Life And Death’ For The Marshall Islands Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Climate Change Is A ‘Matter Of Life And Death’ For The Marshall Islands

The first female head of state of a Pacific island nation talks about the biggest threat her country faces.

Marines May Add Aircraft Training On Forbidden Island And Kauai Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Marines May Add Aircraft Training On Forbidden Island And Kauai

The military is studying the possibility of creating places for pilots to train with Ospreys, aircraft that have been contentious elsewhere in Hawaii.

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