RIMPAC exercises hit Hawaii Island

  • A Navy landing craft comes ashore at Kawaihae Friday for RIMPAC. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Marines land at Kawaihae Harbor aboard a Navy landing craft for RIMPAC on Friday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion lands at Kawaihae Harbor for RIMPAC on Friday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion lands at Kawaihae Harbor for RIMPAC on Friday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion lands at Kawaihae Harbor for RIMPAC on Friday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion lands at Kawaihae Harbor for RIMPAC on Friday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A Navy soldier guides a LCAC onto the sand at Kawaihae Harbor as part of RIMPAC on Friday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A Navy soldier guides a LCAC onto the sand at Kawaihae Harbor as part of RIMPAC on Friday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Marines disembark a landing craft at Kawaihae Harbor for RIMPAC on Friday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Soldiers unload heavy equipment from a Navy landing craft at Kawaihae Harbor for RIMPAC on Friday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A Navy landing craft comes ashore at Kawaihae Harbor Friday for RIMPAC. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A Navy sailor guides a LCAC onto the sand at Kawaihae Harbor as part of RIMPAC on Friday.

  • A Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion lands at Kawaihae Harbor for RIMPAC on Friday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAWAIHAE — With a roar of four jet engines, the amphibious vessel’s rubber bags fill with air, quickly lifting the 87-foot monstrosity 6 feet off the ground.