An air cushion landing craft launches from amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard during RIMPAC. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Travis Litke/Released)
A whale shark cruises just below the surface in waters off the Kona Coast. (Bo Pardau/Special to West Hawaii Today)
A Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion lands at Kawaihae Harbor for RIMPAC last year. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
KAILUA-KONA — A federal agency has put in place what it described as “the most protective authorizations to date” to regulate environmental impact stemming from water-based military training exercises, but opponents of those actions aren’t convinced.