Hawaii missile scare Archives
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Failed Kauai missile test cost $130M

Updated on  February 16, 2018 at 10:27 pm
Rocket science, it should come as no surprise, is not easy or cheap. That was most recently demonstrated Jan. 31 off Kauai when a Raytheon SM-3 Block IIA missile failed to intercept an air-dropped intermediate-range target missile. Read More

State emergency, tourism officials join in crisis reporting effort

Updated on  February 10, 2018 at 8:32 pm
Hawaii’s visitor industry, caught flat-footed in the aftermath of the false missile alert on Jan. 13, is partnering with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to prepare for future situations that could impact visitors. Read More

Hundreds send in ideas to improve missile alert system

Updated on  February 8, 2018 at 9:11 am
The state’s first explanation for the Jan. 13 false missile alert that caused 38 minutes of panic in Hawaii was that a “button pusher” had clicked on the wrong item from a computer’s drop-down menu. Read More

Online contest mocks HI-EMA missile alert screen

Updated on  February 8, 2018 at 9:59 am
Before news that the so-called button pusher thought the missile alert in Hawaii was real, the website Freelancer launched a contest seeking to improve the user interface design for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Read More

HI-EMA head seeks to restore confidence

Updated on  February 7, 2018 at 11:38 am
The new interim head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has taken over, but Brig. Gen. Moses Kaoiwi said ballistic missile alert drills will stay on hiatus until he is assured that the department has a new action plan and the proper resources to move forward. Read More

State agency disputes ‘button pusher’s’ account

Updated on  February 6, 2018 at 7:47 am
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is disputing the account of the warning officer who mistook a drill for the real thing and sent an erroneous Jan. 13 missile alert to cellphones, causing 38 minutes of needless fear and panic. Read More

‘Button pusher’ says state delayed in getting his story

Hawaii’s so-called “button pusher” said the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency didn’t ask for his explanation of how he mistakenly sent a statewide missile alert until three days after the panic-inducing incident. Read More

‘Button pusher’ feels ‘pretty guilty, devastated’ over false missile alert

Updated on  February 2, 2018 at 5:38 pm
Hawaii’s so-called “button pusher” says he feels bad about what he put the public through when he mistakenly sent a statewide missile alert and that he wants the truth to come out. Read More

Ex-Hawaii official now says he resigned after false missile alert

Updated on  February 1, 2018 at 1:46 pm
A Hawaii emergency management official who said last week that his retirement had nothing to do with a mistaken missile alert that stirred panic statewide now says it was because of the fallout from the warning. Read More

State to conduct first monthly test of siren system since false missile alert

Updated on  January 31, 2018 at 12:23 pm
Hawaii’s monthly test of its statewide outdoor siren warning system, coordinated with a test of the live audio broadcast segment of the emergency alert system, will resume as scheduled at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday. Read More

New $30M defense missile fails in test off Kauai

Updated on  January 31, 2018 at 1:41 pm
A $30 million missile touted as a possible second layer of defense for Hawaii from North Korean threats reportedly failed in its first-ever flight from Kauai’s Aegis Ashore facility today. Read More

Revelations pummel Ige politically

Updated on  January 30, 2018 at 10:41 pm
When things go wrong in a big way, it is usually the top leadership that takes a beating, which means Gov. David Ige may now be in deep trouble in the wake of the frightening Jan. 13 ballistic missile attack false alarm, according to political observers. Read More

HI-EMA worker believed state was under attack, FCC says

Updated on  January 30, 2018 at 11:03 am
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency worker who triggered panic by sending a false ballistic missile alert to phones across the state on Jan. 13 believed the state was actually under attack, according to a preliminary investigation by the Federal Communications Commission. Read More

As panic spread during nuke alert, some sought solace in sea

Updated on  February 1, 2018 at 10:52 am
From the lanai where I sat with my coffee, the newspaper and the cat, the ocean looked glassy and I looked forward to surfing when the tide dropped. Suddenly my husband, who had just left for the market, returned with news of an incoming ballistic missile. Read More

Missile goof recalls historic day of infamy

Updated on  January 28, 2018 at 5:35 pm
Thank God the missile alert earlier this month was a false alarm. We can only hope and pray we never see another day of infamy. Read More

Missile scare caught hotels flat-footed

Updated on  January 28, 2018 at 9:38 am
The confusion shows the need to develop new best practices, a security expert says. Read More