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The Maui Emergency Management Agency accidentally called thousands of county residents from a (999) 999-9999 number shortly before 9 a.m. today. This comes a week after the Honolulu Police Department inadvertently activated emergency sirens on Oʻahu and Maui during training.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Updated: Sept. 19, 2019, 6:44 a.m.

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard is calling the accidental activation of emergency sirens by her department on Wednesday "unacceptable." She said HPD is taking steps to prevent a reoccurrence.

False Missile Alert Highlights Opening Day

Jan 19, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Legislature officially started its 29th session today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

The Conversation: Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Jan 18, 2018
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force

Military Role Emergency Management; Getting Ahead When You Can’t Save; Immigration Debate Impacts in Hawaii; Local Civic Engagement


For some Hawaiʻi families, Saturday's false alarm of a ballistic missile launch was a traumatic event. And dealing with the emotional impacts of that event isn't always easy, especially for our children. HPR's Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi sits down with the expert to find out how to best support our keiki through this experience.

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Kakidai / Wikimedia Commons

Just days after this weekend’s false alarm of a missile bound for Hawai‘i, there was a similar event in Japan. But there were also some major differences. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hawai‘i residents were stunned Saturday morning by what turned out to be a false alarm of an incoming ballistic missile. While state emergency officials have apologized for the error, the emergency alert sent residents into a panic. Many scrambling to figure out what to do next. HPR Reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission called Saturday’s false alarm concerning a ballistic missile attack “absolutely unacceptable.”

Human Error Caused Ballistic Missile False Alarm

Jan 14, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Governor David Ige confirmed Saturday during a news conference that the emergency alert system warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack on Hawai’i was due to human error.  He said the system operator clicked “actual” instead of “test” and triggered a statewide warning.   The Governor also confirmed it took 38 minutes to issue a cancellation notice because it had to be done manually.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Hawai'i residents were stunned this morning by what turned out to be a false alarm of an incoming missile launch. Hawai'i Public Radio confirms there was never a threat. While details about how this happened continue to unfold, there is no danger to Hawai'i and there never was.