Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Plenty of blame to go around as Ige goes on TV, names brigadier general to oversee false attack alert investigation, Japan mistakenly sends similar alert on public TV, Legislature prepares to convene, Hawaiian overthrow anniversary to be commemorated, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Investigations into missile scare intensify. Hawaii leaders are taking heat from the highest level for the colossal blunder that resulted in 38 minutes of terror for residents, who thought that a missile was headed for the islands. Star-Advertiser.

Brigadier General Will Review Why Hawaii Sent Out False Nuke Alarm. The initial review ordered by Gov. David Ige is due in 30 days, with a final report due in 60 days. Civil Beat.

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Governor Ige Announces Actions Following Fallout from False Missile Alert. Hawaii Public Radio.

VIDEO: Apologetic Ige Taps Gen. Hara For Emergency Review. Big Island Video News.

In a rare address to the state Monday night, the governor again apologized for the "fear, anxiety and heartache" Saturday's false alert about an inbound ballistic missile caused in the islands and pledged that his administration is taking steps to ensure it doesn't happen again. Hawaii News Now.

Full text: Gov. Ige Delivers Address on False Alert. KITV.

Japan’s public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert Tuesday warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then minutes later corrected it, days after a similar error in Hawaii. Associated Press.

Feds say state didn’t need to wait on them for missile-alert correction. KHON2.

Hawaii’s emergency authorities lacked reasonable safeguards to prevent the kind of false alert that panicked residents on Saturday with a warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack, the head of the Federal Communications Commission said. Bloomberg News.

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

Legislators aim to avert future false alarms. House Speaker Scott Saiki is tearing up and rewriting portions of his opening-day speech at the state Legislature to urge his colleagues to focus more attention on public safety and disaster preparedness in the wake of Saturday’s missile scare. Star-Advertiser.

Button pusher not holding up well under multiple death threats. The state “warning officer” at the center of Saturday’s bogus alert of an imminent missile attack that triggered widespread panic is a 10-year veteran and nonunion, exempt employee who has received dozens of death threats by fax, telephone, social media. Star-Advertiser.

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Government officials have released an image of the screen a Hawaii Emergency Management Agency would have seen before triggering a false missile alert Saturday morning. Hawaii News Now.

Opponents smell blood as Hawaii’s governor takes heat for the false nuclear missile alert. Civil Beat.

Will there be a possible political shake up post false missile alert? KHON2.

Former Gov. Neil Abercrombie blasted the Ige administration for taking too long to issue the all-clear signal to Saturday’s missile alert mistake. Hawaii News Now.

Sen. Schatz: Scrap missile alert system and build a new one from scratch. KHON2.

What you need to know if you didn't receive Saturday's emergency alert. KITV.

Missile-alert error reveals uncertainty about how to react. Residents and tourists alike remained rattled after the mistaken alert was blasted out to cellphones across the islands with a warning to seek immediate shelter and the ominous statement: “This is not a drill.” Associated Press.

Isle system fails to deliver warning to all cellphones. Just how many people in Hawaii didn’t receive the dire but incorrect warning on their mobile phones isn’t known. Star-Advertiser.

Local attorneys say the level of negligence or recklessness involved in Saturday’s false alarm will determine whether people can successfully sue the state. Star-Advertiser.

Man suffers massive heart attack during false alert. Star-Advertiser.

After false missile alert, some Hawaii businesses threw customers out. Hawaii News Now.

In light of Saturday’s false ballistic missile alert, the American Red Cross on Monday reminded Hawaii residents to remain prepared for any disaster, natural or man-made. Tribune-Herald.

Here’s what to do if missiles are inbound. Garden Island.

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The Legislature is set to open its 2018 session Wednesday with a focus on housing and homelessness, two perpetual problems in Hawaii that are only expected to get worse in the coming years. Civil Beat.

The 2018 legislative session officially kicks off Wednesday. That means lawmakers will begin reviewing thousands of measures and soliciting public input on bills. Civil Beat.

Thousands to mark 125th anniversary of Hawaiian government overthrow. Hawaii News Now.

A look back at the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom as thousands are expected to observe the anniversary on Jan. 17. KITV.

Oahu

When missile alert went out, hundreds sought refuge in Ala Moana gym. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu’s solar industry continued to shrink in 2017 as the number of building permits issued for rooftop solar projects by the City and County of Honolulu declined nearly 35 percent from the year-earlier period. Star-Advertiser.

Consumer prices in Honolulu rose last year at the fastest pace since 2011, driven by sharp increases in the cost of gasoline and electricity. Star-Advertiser.

Iolani school will soon house over 100 students as the school prepares to break ground on new dorms Tuesday. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Island

A state Ethics Commission attorney has cleared Mayor Harry Kim’s contracted lobbyist to perform his duties without registering as a lobbyist, according to county Corporation Counsel Joe Kamelamela. West Hawaii Today.

The Big Island real estate market ended 2017 in a strong position after residential sales increased islandwide from 2016. Not only did the final quarter of 2017 see residential property sales on Hawaii Island rise slightly — from 2,307 in 2016 to 2,494 — the median residential sales price increased by about 6 percent to $350,000, according to listing service sales data. Tribune-Herald.

Several residents at the Alii Heights subdivision in North Kona dealt with more than downed deep wells and mandatory water restrictions during the Hawaii County Department of Water Supply’s tumultuous year. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Honoapiilani Work at Keawe Street to Commence on Tuesday. Maui Now.

Marchers continue to advance King’s vision. Gathering of many races is ‘proof we are living his dream’ Maui News.

Kauai

'Ku'i at the County' is Wednesday. Garden Island.

The Hawaii Government Employees Association joined efforts of the Kauai Island Labor Alliance, and the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai each hosted events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. Garden Island.