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Media Release

Public Affairs Office

U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii
“Malama na Koa”
Release number: 2007-12-02
December 5, 2007

Makua Military Reservation Reopen to Cultural Access

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii— Following the detonation Monday of an unexploded
WWII era bomb and two other munitions discovered at Makua Military Reservation last month,
a two-day range clean-up has now been completed that removed any shrapnel and other debris
resulting from the detonations, and dismantled protective barriers used during the operation..

The unexploded munitions were found in November as part of the Army's effort to provide safe
access to the Makua Military Reservation for cultural observances under a 2001 Settlement
Agreement between the Army and Plaintiff Malama Makua.

The reservation is now open again for cultural access activities. Malama Makua and community
group Hui Malama will hold a Makahiki observation on the reservation December 14th and 15th.

Due to safety concerns, the reservation had been closed to all but essential security and
demolition personnel since the first discovery of the munitions on November 1st.

For the past three weeks, the Army had expedited efforts to destroy the munitions in compliance
with federal, state and local laws, regulations and requirements. Thousands of sandbags were
filled by Soldiers over the past week to provide a protective barrier for the detonations, and to
protect a petro glyph in the area.

“We express our sincere appreciation to the state of Hawaii and those federal agencies who
helped us get the necessary permits and approvals to remove these munitions as quickly as
possible,” said Colonel Matthew Margotta, commander, U.S. Army Garrison- Hawaii. “I want
to thank the Soldiers who worked over their Thanksgiving weekend filling sandbags and
building barriers.”

Coordination of the actual detonations was a combined effort of the state’s Department of Land
and Natural Resources, Hawaii Civil Defense, the Honolulu Police Department and Army

“To ensure public safety, we had to close Farrington Highway and clear the adjacent beach for
two hours,” Margotta said. “We appreciate the understanding and patience of the local


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communities as we conducted this operation.” Two helicopters and numerous four-wheel drive
vehicles were used in the operation.

“We are pleased to be able to reopen the reservation for cultural access,” Margotta said.

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For more information, please contact the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii Public Affairs
Office at (808) 656-3154 or (808) 226-2706


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