Kauai groups to protest Hawaii naval exercises

Published On: Jun 06 2014 11:20:30 AM HST
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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.

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

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

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