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Officials investigate why emergency sirens sounded in Moiliili and Waikiki

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / OCT. 28, 2006

    This Oct. 28, 2006 photo shows an emergency siren near the Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon.

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / OCT. 28, 2006

    This Oct. 28, 2006 photo shows an emergency siren near the Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon.

Don’t worry.

Those emergency sirens heard from Waikiki to Downtown Honolulu are not signaling a tsunami or other emergency, officials with the city Department of Emergency Management said.

City and state officials are investigating why a malfunction in the operating system caused the sirens to go off between noon and 3 p.m. at Aala Park, Ala Wai Regional Park and Makiki District Park.

“There is no emergency associated with the outdoor warning sirens at this time, and the public should be aware that emergency siren activation would not happenwithout an accompanying Emergency Alert System message,” the state Emergency Management Agency said in a news release.

Emergency sirens gave a false alarm to Waimanalo residents just last month.

The sirens woke residents up in Waimanalo at 12:40 a.m. on Nov. 16.

Officials blamed the errant siren on a possible thief or vandal who opened a control panel on the siren’s pole.

The siren had just been installed at Kaiona Beach Park in Waimanalo with a security alarm, which went off when the control panel door was opened, officials said.

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