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The Conversation: Thursday, February 1st, 2018

U.S. Pacific Command

Public Safety Committee Reaction to EMA Mistake; Former Hawaii State Civil Defense Vice Director

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Public Safety Committee Reaction to EMA Mistake

This morning, state lawmakers are hearing bills that are a result of people being turned away from stores like Walmart, as they sought shelter from a possible missile threat.

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Gregg Takayama


Civil Beat Reality Check

A draft audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs reveals dysfunction and potential mismanagement of funding.

Anita Hofschneider

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Reporter Check-in

HPR reporter Wayne Yoshioka has covered the missile alert story from the moment it happened, tracking the way officials have released information to the public. He looks at the incident, and the way we were told about it, as an inevitable result of the way the system was set up. 

Wayne Yoshioka

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Former Hawaii State Civil Defense Vice Director

The former administrator of what used to be called State Civil Defense agrees the top brass had to step down. He supports closer coordination with the Pacific Command but doesn’t think the Pentagon should take control of the alerts and bypass the state agency.

Ed Teixeira

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