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Legislature Conducts Hearing on False Missile Alert

Wayne Yoshioka

The Legislature conducted a joint House and Senate hearing on the January 13th false missile alert statewide.  The early morning mistake caused mass confusion and panic in some areas.  Governor David Ige told lawmakers Friday that safeguards are in place and there will be consequences for the 38 minute delay to end the false alarm.

Representative Greg Takayama

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Emergency Management Agency administrator, Vern Miyagi (foreground) and state Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Joe Logal, also briefed lawmakers

“We do have an investigation underway on the specific circumstances of what happened on Saturday.  And once that is completed we will  take appropriate action.”

Emergency Management is the Governor’s responsibility but House Public Safety Committee chair, Greg Takayama, says lawmakers want to be involved in working on solutions.

“One of the ideas being discussed among us as legislators, informally, at least on the House side, is to expand the idea of a comprehensive community look at the lessons learned from this incident, perhaps embracing beyond the Department of Defense – as respected as your officials are – bringing in people in like our schools, our hotels, our retail merchants and maybe come back with a broader look at recommendations we can consider.”

Governor David Ige will appear before the Legislature this morning at 10 with his State of the State address.

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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