The Army says the move will make munitions storage safer, but secrecy and the legacy of a wartime coverup from the past make neighbors of the project uneasy.
All public outreach will be online due to the pandemic.
As tourism crumbles and tensions escalate between the U.S. and China, the military’s economic role in the islands could become more prominent.
Green sea turtles are now nesting at a windward Oahu beach where the military trains.
Critics argue the costly system may already be obsolete and will needlessly threaten the environment and cultural sites.
Commanders initially released COVID-19 case numbers on Hawaii bases until the Pentagon ordered them to stop. The state Department of Health has agreed to keep numbers secret, too.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s Rim of the Pacific Exercise will be shorter, only at sea and with fewer countries participating.
The military hospital has long struggled to fill parking demands for its patients, both veterans and active duty.