HILO, Hawai'i — As part of its plan to modernize its forces, the Army plans to spend about $234 million on the Big Island during the next decade to upgrade and expand its training areas.
On the Big Island, the plan is to upgrade the war-game potential of the Pohakuloa Training Area, which encompasses 108,890 acres in the middle of the island on the lower slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.
The Army proposes to improve Bradshaw Army Airfield, upgrade a tank trail from Kawaihae Harbor to Pohakuloa, expand the live-fire capabilities of two firing ranges and purchase 23,000 acres from Parker Ranch northwest of Pohakuloa.
Dubik said that although military activity will increase on the Big Island, the tank trail will allow a reduction of traffic on civilian roadways and improve safety associated with the training.
But it's unclear if groups of Native Hawaiians, who are opposing telescope development at the summit of Mauna Kea, also will rally against this project