Military’s Maunakea rec area plans a no-go

Renovated cabins at Maunakea Recreation Area. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
Maunakea Recreation Area is a popular rest stop for travelers going across Saddle Road. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, maneuver to secure a notional enemy position during a live-fire training event as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises on July 13 at Pohakuloa Training Area. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Adam Montera/Special to West Hawaii Today)

The military has retreated from a plan to conduct special reconnaissance training at the Maunakea Recreation Area, where role-playing soldiers armed with guns would try to hide from observers.