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Hawaii’s humorous reactions to the (false) ballistic missile alert

If you were anywhere in Hawaii this weekend, unless you were under a rock, as you actually would’ve been better off in this case, you heard and likely panicked over the civil defense alert sent to everyone’s phone that read, “Emergency Alert, BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Type: Imminent extreme alert.” This alert was pushed to all Hawaii residents’ mobile phones at 8:07am this past Saturday, December 13, 2018. Some areas also had their civil defense sirens go off, however where I live in Waikiki, there was no CD siren, nor CD ticker on TV. Only on the phone, so I thought something was amiss about it, and didn’t take it quite as seriously as others reportedly have around the state. Thankfully it turned out being a FALSE ALARM, where we received that notification about 30 minutes later. 

In light of the seriousness over the imminent threat of DEATH, along with the aftermath and reaction to the false alarm, folks took to social media to vent their frustration and eventual relief over the matter. Following is a compilation* put together of some of those reactions. Most of which from LOL Hawaii, a popular group on FacebookWarning (another one!): there’s some profanity involved (as would be expected when your life is threatened!), so viewer discretion is advised.

And yeah, yeah, yeah, I know this is a food blog, but hey, what can I say? All this “drama” made me lose my appetite. ;-P

Everyone RUN! 


Image source: Kamuela Kahoano on Instagram (I’m his friend; that’s his adorable newborn son)


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All jokes aside, glad we’re all still alive! 

*Unless otherwise noted, all images and videos above are sourced from various members of the LOL Hawaii Facebook group

 

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12 thoughts on “Hawaii’s humorous reactions to the (false) ballistic missile alert

  • January 16, 2018 at 12:21 pm
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    I live in Mililani and can see Pearl Harbor. I think I’m in the blast radius. No where to hide the homes in Hi. aren’t built for that. So why worry, can’t do anything. Just party and enjoy your last few minutes.

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    • January 16, 2018 at 12:30 pm
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      Mike, I agree. At least everyone on Oahu would likely be vaporized. Not sure how the neighbor islands would make out.

      If it were imminent, I’d head straight to Ala Moana Beach Park with a lounge chair and big cooler of refreshments and “enjoy” the show. If there’s some time, drive closer to ground zero, like Aloha Stadium parking lot.

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  • January 16, 2018 at 2:35 pm
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    I think my story is great! I turn off the sound on my iPhone every night! I got up early that morning to finish the order for my Christmas cards and did not even look at my phone until after the whole thing was over!!! Yep, I was clueless! Worse yet, I never even see the one message I got from my brother at 8:13am.

    So I guess I survived and if it did hit – shit I would not even have known…but it would definitely have cleaned out my mess of an apartment that I just can’t seem to keep clean.

    So, I guess everyone has a right to be really ticked off, but it really never bothered me as I was so clueless and would have just gone up in a poof I guess!

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  • January 16, 2018 at 2:38 pm
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    Good one Pomai! :D

    I was listening to KooL Gold online when that went off. I was pretty sure it wasn’t real as well since I did a quick check of CNN and Fox. Looked like it caused a mass panic though – wonder if they sold outa “one last shave ice” at Matsumoto’s?!

    I notice they quickly reassigned the individual but all they would say was “he been here a while” which meant he must have been pretty senior. “OOHHHH po Ol Kimo – He feel soooo BAAAAHD for startin mass Braahda panic, student stubbed foots, and zombietourist riot in da streets – He hadda run REAL quick to Leonard’s for dozen emergency malasada to calm hisself down – Oh DA STRESS of it all!!!! :D:D:D LOL. Only in Hawaii…. Glad you all made it OK.

    Regards.

    Haru :)

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    • January 16, 2018 at 4:17 pm
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      I actually had to Google what “Kool Gold” is. I see it’s a local radio station. I thought it was 70s disco era band like Kool and the Gang. lol Does Matsumoto’s have a Shave Ice named “One Last Shave Ice”? If so, what flavors are in it?

      Last I read, the person who pushed the button worked there for 10 years. Someone in the office must have switched the label on the button from “missile warning alert” to “order plate lunch”. lol That said, similar to April Fools’ Day, perhaps Hawaii can proclaim January 13th an official new day called “January Fools’ Day”.

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      • January 16, 2018 at 4:29 pm
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        Howabout “January Doomsday”? :D Naw I don’t think Matsumoto’s has that flavor but maybe they will! :D

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  • January 16, 2018 at 3:18 pm
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    Pomai,
    Assuming a 15kiloton warhead; it would vaporize Pearl Harbor out east to Hawaii Kai, north to Mililani and west to Ewa Beach. Anything on windward side other side of mountains, north shore after Mililani and west past Kapolei and leeward side other side of mountains would be relatively safe.
    I have 30 days of Mountain House freeze dried meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, sides and desserts good for 20 yrs storage and 30yr storage water) so I can shelter in place or pack up and run still being self sustainable.
    I contacted a military friend after I received the alerts on cellphone and TV and I was informed it was false alarm so I was not worried.
    However, this was not a laughing or joking matter as we came ever so much closer to actual WWIII. During the 38 min time lapse between the alert and retraction North Korea ould have thought Trump was using fhe alert as a justification to attack North Korea and they could have decidec to launch first nuclear strike as protection.
    It has been estimated over 30 million people will die in first week with over 100s of thousands of people wounded or contaminated by radiation suffering agonizing slow death.

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    • January 16, 2018 at 3:59 pm
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      Ken, yes, there’s certainly the seriousness of what COULD have happened, had N. Korea reacted to it. Fortunately they didn’t, so at this point while a wake-up call, I think it’s OK now to laugh about it. Shoots, there’s folks like Donna, who wasn’t even aware of just because her cell phone was off! It’s a good thing the sirens didn’t go off in Waikiki, or there really would have been a mass panic by tourists in the hotels, and possibly injuries because of that. I was at the Sony Open later that morning (gorgeous day BTW!) where I heard at Waialae Country Club and nearby Kahala Resort, everyone took cover in the basement and other reinforced concrete rooms in the hotel. It was pretty chaotic from what I heard by staff working there.

      Interesting that you’re saying a nuclear strike at we assume would be Pearl Harbor is survivable in some parts of Oahu. Another thing to consider is, what if the missile strikes somewhere else, like say Kaneohe Marine Base? Or Schofield out in Wahiawa? Or all of the above! Or it misses and hits some odd place, like Makaha Beach! Uh-oh!

      Even if you don’t get hit by the blast, the radiation fallout will eventually kill everyone on this island unless you’re in a highly reinforced and secured bunker for God knows how long afterward. I don’t know if I’d want to live through that horror. Using nuclear weapons is simply not an option in this day and age, from any side, any country. We all know that.

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      • January 16, 2018 at 4:41 pm
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        Pomai,
        The powers to be are saying a 15kiloton warhead has a destroy of about 15-20 mile circle. The other major factor is when it explodes and at what alitude. If it explodes in the ground not that much damage but at certain altitudes more damage. The most critical thing is the warhead must reenter earth atmosphere without burning up and stay intact. Radiation and fallout will follow the prevailing trade winds and jet stream.
        Actually there is a CD bunker in Maili and large caves in the Waianae mountains. However, whatever is meant to be will be as that is the roll of my life cycle dice!

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  • January 16, 2018 at 3:28 pm
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    Pomai,
    One more thought, I WONDER HOW MANY BABIES WILL BE BORN IN HAWAII 9 MONTHS AFTER JANUARY 13, 2018?

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    • January 16, 2018 at 4:06 pm
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      Ken,

      I guess we could name them the “New Baby Boomer” Generation! Get it? Bomb… boom.

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