Military’s Mauna Kea rec area plans a no-go

  • Mauna Kea Recreation Area is a popular rest stop for travelers going across Saddle Road. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Renovated cabins at Mauna Kea Recreation Area. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Mauna Kea Recreation Area is a popular rest stop for travelers going across Saddle Road. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Mauna Kea Recreation Area is a popular stop for travelers going across Saddle Road. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Laurie McGrath, left and Taina Leao of Hilo take a break to play on the equipment at Mauna Kea Recreation Area on their way to Waimea on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Original plans for areas of special reconnaissance training planned by Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group THREE. The navy says it's backing off these plans to hold exercises within Pohakuloa Training Area instead. (courtesy photo)
  • U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, maneuver to secure a notional enemy position during a live-fire training event on July 13 at Pohakuloa Training Area. ( Lance Cpl. Adam Montera/Special to West Hawaii Today)

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