Lā 190: Russell Tsuji representing the State on the witness stand. It's pretty clear. No one at DLNR ever visited Pōhakuloa to see what was going on. That is until after the case was filed.
Continuing our coverage of the 3rd and hopefully final day of the #pohakuloatrial we still have Russell Tsuji representing the State on the witness stand. It's pretty clear. No one at DLNR ever visited Pōhakuloa to see what was going on. That is until after the case was filed. I'd say that is unsurprising but no matter how many times I hear it, the fact that they have a vague record of the only site inspection in 50 years is still shocking. Anyway the day after they realized the case wasn't being thrown out was the first record they have of corresponding with the army to address the concerns. Totally a coincidence. Mr Tsuji visited PTA and the army voluntarily showed him around some sites. A very small % of the state leased land because well 23,000 acres is a lot to cover. Which is one of their lame excuses for not having inspected. Ever. They show him some pictures I can't see of military debris and he doesn't recognize anything. This visit promoted a corespondent to the military asking for a timeline of the clean up of the bazooka firing range, the derelict cas used for target practice and the artillery shell dumping ground. He offered the bizarre suggestion that maybe they the cars were only being stored on the state land to be used in the not state land. Then he denies being able to say with certainty that any of the areas are actually on state land because well you know GPS have a margin of error. And even though he at some point said the cars were about 20 years old (placing them on the landscape well after the lease) he's not really sure anymore. He also characterized the situation as a problem in his deposition but now understands the lead better so his position has changed. He does not believe the U.S. Is in non compliance and has been in discussions re: a new lease for another 65 years. He admits that the current lease is lacking many provisions you would expect today and many you would expect then too. He has not personally gone to see if the army has cleaned up anything since his visits. #pohakuloa #alohaaina #kukiaimauna #cartooncourtreport #BABcourtreport
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