By: Paul Drewes
(KHNL) - The Army wants to hear questions and concerns from the public over a controversial project, the Stryker Brigade.
Instead, they got another protest.
The Stryker Brigade is intended as a weapon of war in distant lands, but plans to see if one will be stationed here, have turned Hawaii's public places into a battleground as well. Tuesday night, a war of words erupted in Nuuanu.
The Army is looking for public comments on the Stryker Brigade possibly coming to Hawaii.
"What we want from people is to give us formal comments, written comments and we will incorporate them so they can guide our environmental studies." says Bob DiMichele of the US Army Environmental Command.
Army personnel will not only take down those comments , they'll make sure they are not overlooked. "Each one will get addressed in this study."
But some who show up at this public forum are skeptical, like Jim Haley, who has raised concerns in the past about possible fire dangers the Strykers would bring. And he feels the Army hasn't followed up from previous meetings.
"They assured us they would get back with us on those concerns and they never did."
Others who show up, are upset over the Army's approach to dealing with their concerns this time around.
"We get this, this is not a forum, this not a dialogue, where we can ask questions and people can be heard." says Kyle Kajihiro , of the American Friends Service Committee.
So these protestors made their voices heard. Some argue about the increased military presence the Strykers would bring. Some just want to make sure Hawaii is not burdened with additional problems , like past military training on Kahoolawe.
And what was supposed to be an open invitation for public comments ends up with most of the military, out of the loop.
Wednesday evening, there will be another public forum held in Haleiwa, then two more meetings will take place on Hawaii Island Thursday and Friday evenings.