September 14, 1995
By Deirdre Griswold
Honolulu visitors to Hawai`i's famed Waikiki Beach were reminded Sept. 3 that
tests of humanity's most awesome and destructive weapons are once again
threatening the peoples of the South Pacific.
Many tourists cheered and some, particularly Japanese, joined a 1,500-strong
column of anti nuclear marchers as it passed Honolulu's luxury beachfront
hotels. The protesters wound their way from Ala Moana Park to Kapi`olani
Park, where President Bill Clinton was speaking.
Some marchers were from Tahiti and other islands of Polynesia where French
imperialism rules with colonial arrogance. At the time of the protest,
France had announced its intention to explode seven or eight nuclear
bombs at Mururoa Atoll beginning some time in September.
The first bomb was detonated on Sept. 5.