Monday, January 15, 2018

Fallout from false missile alarm continues, Trump praises state officials for taking responsibility, FCC, state to investigate, death threats to H-EMA personnel, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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President Donald Trump praised Hawaii officials for taking responsibility for Saturday morning’s panic-inducing alert that mistakenly warned of an incoming ballistic missile. Star-Advertiser.

VIDEO: President Trump Talks About Hawaii Missile Alert Fiasco. Big Island Video News.

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission issued a stinging rebuke Sunday to Hawaii’s emergency management as ripples from Saturday’s nuclear scare spread far and wide. Star-Advertiser.

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said today Hawaii did not have “reasonable safeguards in place” to prevent Saturday’s false alert of an imminent missile attack. Star-Advertiser.

False Alarm Fallout: Worker Reassigned And Trump Weighs In. Hawaii appears to lack “reasonable” safeguards, says the Federal Communications Commission chairman. Civil Beat.

Missile-alert mistake feeds doubts about a real emergency. A blunder that caused more than a million people in Hawaii to fear that they were about to be struck by a nuclear missile fed skepticism Sunday about the government’s ability to keep them informed in a real emergency. Associated Press.

The false alarm about an incoming ballistic missile that sent Hawaii into a panic this weekend threatened to turn into a major embarrassment for the state and its politically endangered governor, David Ige, as Hawaii officials moved to head off damage to Hawaii’s biggest industry, tourism. New York Times.

Frightened people are sometimes angry people, and there was plenty of outrage following Saturday’s false missile attack alert and the official response to it. That raises questions about potential political fallout for Gov. David Ige as he campaigns for re-election this year, and for Ige, the timing was bad. Star-Advertiser.

Governor pledges changes after false alert about inbound missile. Hawaii News Now.

In an interview on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) called on the State of Hawaii to immediately address the failures that led to the false missile alert and correct them. Big Island Now.

HI-EMA focused on regaining trust, employee reassigned after false missile alert. HI-EMA administrator Vern Miyagi prepares to face lawmakers at a briefing on Friday to discuss what happened. KHON2.

How would Hawaii handle a real attack? False alarm gave us a glimpse. Hawaii News Now.

How to shelter during a nuclear attack. The state says to shelter in place, but what does that mean, and why? KITV.

TIMELINE: What happened after false missile emergency alert was sent. KHON2.

Human Error Caused Ballistic Missile False Alarm. Governor David Ige confirmed Saturday during a news conference that the emergency alert system warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack on Hawaii was due to human error. Hawaii Public Radio.

Businesses criticized for turning people away after false missile alert. Hawaii's agency in charge of protecting people is now the target of death threats following Saturday's missile alert error. Hawaii News Now.

Tourism industry adjusts to impact of false missile alert to visitors. Officials in the tourism industry tell us hotels have emergency plans in place but Saturday’s false alarm was different. KHON2.

Hawaii officials take 38 minutes to cancel false incoming ballistic alert. It took Hawaii officials more than 30 minutes to correct as a “false alarm” sent to mobile phones Saturday morning warning that a ballistic missile was headed for the Islands. Pacific Business News.


Homelessness, housing top agenda as lawmakers reconvene. Associated Press.

Homelessness Expected to Top 2018 Legislative Agenda (Again). Hawaii Public Radio.

Running for the top spot. Hanabusa says her ‘political journey leads me to this point’ Maui News.

Army to revive ship-killing mission with RIMPAC test. The Army this summer will test a capability it first prepared for in Hawaii more than 100 years ago: the ability to sink a ship at sea from the shore. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin, who is running for Congress, says he’s disappointed with his campaign manager following a news report raising questions about possible inappropriate payments from a congressional campaign account. Civil Beat.


Military warning termed ‘wake-up call’ for Waikiki. Local nightspots a major part of Waikiki’s late-night economy despite a recent warning issued by the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board informing service members of violent crime and other illegal activity in Waikiki. 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.

Body found near airport runway believed to be a stowaway, sources say. Hawaii News Now.

Holiday parade through Waikiki to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. An MLK Jr. Day parade sponsored by the Martin Luther King Coalition will begin at 9 a.m. It will feature 2,000 marchers, 100 vehicles, 20 floats and six marching bands. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Island

Residents and visitors confused, frightened by missile warning. East Hawaii residents are still reeling after Saturday morning’s mistakenly sent missile threat alert spun the state into a panic. Tribune-Herald.

UH-Hilo launches ‘sticky’ retention initiative. The University of Hawaii at Hilo kicked off a new effort this semester designed to help manage student enrollment and boost retention. Tribune-Herald.


As legislative session nears, lawmakers talk about priorities. Highways, schools, housing and homelessness will be among Maui County lawmakers’ top issues as they begin this year’s legislative session on Wednesday. Maui News.

A draft environmental assessment has been completed for development of the Kaiwahine Village project, a 120-unit affordable rental housing project on nearly 9.3 acres in north Kihei. Maui News.

After two days of struggling to free a humpback whale that was caught in hundreds of feet of braided line off Maui, a federal team was able to remove the gear last week and received a show of gratitude — of sorts — with the whale repeatedly breaching. Star-Advertiser.

Entangled Humpback Whale Freed Off Maui. Maui Now.


County eyes new rules for bus stops. The proposed rules state that county bus stops will be closed for use between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m.; that alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, including e-cigs, will be prohibited at county bus stops; that no structures will be erected within the bus stop or adjacent to the bus stop; and no person will occupy a bus stop in a way that inhibits full use by the public. Garden Island.

Money flows to watersheds. Kauai has more than 144,000 acres of land that are part of the island’s system of watersheds. Garden Island.

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