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Governor Ige Announces Actions Following Fallout from False Missile Alert

Wayne Yoshioka

Governor David Ige addressed the state on network television last night. He said he will not take it out on Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency personnel for the false missile attack alert and asked those who call in death threats to EMA staff to stop.

“We have already made the corrections necessary to assure that this event and the delay in sending out the cancellation will not happen again.   You know, there is no other community in the country that is prepared for a ballistic missile attack.  So we clearly are breaking new ground.  We're establishing the processes that we believe are necessary to allow us to inform the public as soon as we can, in the best way forward.”

Credit Wayne Yoshioka
Brig. Gen. Kenneth Hara, deputy adjutant general.

The Governor appointed, by executive order, Brigadier General Kenneth Hara, the deputy adjutant general, to conduct a full investigation and assessment of the alert notification process.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaiʻi. He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter. He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006). He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals). He resides in Honolulu.
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