Source: World Now/KHNL
On June 27, 2004 World Now/KHNL reported, "The Army is preparing to conduct training this week in Makua Valley , an area considered sacred by Native Hawaiians. On Sunday, June 27, 2004, some students and others from the Native Hawaiian group, Malama Makua were allowed to explore the valley through cultural access. But before they're allowed into the valley, the group gets a quick briefing from the Army reminding them they are on a live military range. Before they entered, they ask for permission from the gods... The Army last year spent two million dollars on environmental clean-up here at Makua Valley. Still, members of Malama Makua say that's not enough."