No DU Hawai‘i is maintained by Karen Chun (MS University of California, Mechanical Engineering). Having studied Nuclear Engineering, she was disgusted by the army's mischaracterization of DU's dangers. Finding that Uranium penetrators were being used in Hawai'i during training exercises created a need for action.
This website tries to be absolutely factual, accurate and scientific. We try to debunk the misstatements and half-truths. For instance, DU weapons are not nuclear weapons in the sense that they explode like nuclear bombs. On the other hand, for the army to say that DU is safe is a half-truth. Yes, a lump of DU isolated from environmental effects doesn't pose much risk. But DU dust from using a penetrator (shell) is extremely toxic.
Several articles stated that 1st quarter 2006 US lung cancer rates have increased by a factor of 6. We went directly to the statistics source and found that this is not true and that those statistics haven't even been compiled yet. Thus, we have not included any of those articles on this website. We try to tell the whole story and verify the facts.
However, we do have a pro-Hawai‘ian (Kanaka Maoli) premise. We feel that Hawai‘i is a sacred and beautiful place, unique in the world. There is only a limited amount of land and that land should not be contaminated with any toxic substance - lead, chemical spills or DU.
In Hawai‘i, the concept of ‘ohana is important. Our Hawai‘ian children are cherished by the entire community. Many of them enlist in the Reserves and National Guard (as well as the regular military). To have our dwindling and precious Hawai‘ian blood damaged by heavy metal poisoning and injested uranium is unacceptable, particularly when there is telling evidence that suggests injested DU dust may cause genetic damage and birth defects.
Ua mau ke ea o ka ‘aina i ka pono
The life of the land is preserved in righteousness