How One Employee “Pushed The Wrong Button” And Unleashed Doomsday Panic Across Hawaii

Huh-huh.

And it took 38 minutes to correct that ‘mistake’?

How One Employee “Pushed The Wrong Button” And Unleashed Doomsday Panic Across Hawaii:

Shortly before panicked Hawaiians stuffed children into storm drains and said their goodbyes on the morning of January 13, an unnamed employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (H-EMA) accidentally selected the wrong dropdown menu choice, resulting in a live broadcast to the cell phones of Hawaii residents and tourists which read “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” according to officials.

Here is what happened, according to the Washington Post:

Around 8:05 a.m., the Hawaii emergency employee initiated the internal test, according to a timeline released by the state. From a drop-down menu on a computer program, he saw two options: “Test missile alert” and “Missile alert.” He was supposed to choose the former; as much of the world now knows, he chose the latter, an initiation of a real-life missile alert.

At 8:07, the alert went out, with a more detailed message scrolling across television screens, reading: 

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US mistakenly sends Hawaii residents emergency incoming missile alert — but it’s a false alarm

US mistakenly sends Hawaii residents emergency incoming missile alert — but it’s a false alarm:

RESIDENTS and tourists in Hawaii have told of their terror after a false ballistic missile emergency alert was issued, warning them to seek shelter.

Panic-stricken locals ran for safety, thinking they were under imminient attack on Saturday when a text message was issued from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

The alert, in capital letters, read: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”

Authorities took 38 minutes to correct the mistake, which the state’s governor attributed to a “worker pushing the wrong button”.

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Residents “Crying And Screaming” After False “ICBM Threat” Alert Rattles Hawaii; Gabbard Slams Trump

Residents “Crying And Screaming” After False “ICBM Threat” Alert Rattles Hawaii; Gabbard Slams Trump:

Everyone was panicking, the whole island was awake and alert…The aftermath of the false alert was crazy, people ran around on the streets crying and screaming wondering what to do…”

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“Surrender Your Firearms” Hawaii Police Plan To Confiscate Guns From All Medical Marijuana Users

…, shall NOT be infringed.

“Surrender Your Firearms” Hawaii Police Plan To Confiscate Guns From All Medical Marijuana Users:

The Honolulu Police Department has sent a series of letters to local medical marijuana patients that directly orders them to surrender their firearms or, presumably, face state sanctioned violence to remove them.

Signed by Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard, the letters “inform” patients that upon receipt of the confiscation order, a citizen has 30 days to turn over their guns to the police. This stunning move amounts to direct gun confiscation for people who have no history of violent crimes.

As Leafly noted,

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Return of Nuclear War Sirens Has Some Hawaii Residents Freaked Out

Return of Nuclear War Sirens Has Some Hawaii Residents Freaked Out:

(COMMONDREAMS— With President Donald Trump showing little interest in sitting down at the negotiating table with North Korea—regarded by many in the U.S. and around the world as the best method for deterring nuclear development by Kim Jong-un’s government—Hawaiian officials are being forced to take precautions to make sure residents know what to do in the event of a nuclear attack.

At the beginning of next month, the state will begin testing the missile warning system it used during World War II and last tested during the Cold War.

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Hawaii Judge Orders Loosening Of Trump Travel Ban

Hawaii Judge Orders Loosening Of Trump Travel Ban:

“Judge Watson…ordered that the ban not apply to “grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States”…

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The Volcanoes of Hawaii in 8K (Video)

Video: The Volcanoes of Hawaii in 8K:

My friends over at the More Than Just Parks project continue to crank out some amazing short films of the wonderful landscapes that make up America’s National Parks. In this three-minute clip we travel to Hawaii to take in the spectacular volcanoes that are such a dramatic and indelible part of the islands there. Here, you’ll see them as never before.


HAWAI’I VOLCANOES 8K from More Than Just Parks on Vimeo.

H/t reader squodgy.

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Protesters Plot “Border Wall” Rally For Tomorrow…At Zuckerberg’s Sprawling $100mm Hawaiian Estate

Protesters Plot “Border Wall” Rally For Tomorrow…At Zuckerberg’s Sprawling $100mm Hawaiian Estate:

Back in 2014 Mark Zuckerberg paid $100 million to purchase 700 acres of beachfront property on the North Shore of Kauai.  The estate includes 1,000’s of feet of pristine shoreline providing the perfect “safe space” for the 30-year-old Silicon Valley Billionaire and his family.

Unfortunately, there was just one little problem with the purchase…technically the sellers didn’t own the title to all of that land due to the so-called Kuleana Act, a Hawaiian law established in 1850 that for the first time gave natives the right to own the land that they lived on.

So now, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the Facebook billionaire sued a few hundred Hawaiians who still have legal-ownership claims to parts of his vacation estate through their ancestors.  Per Yahoo Finance:

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Mark Zuckerberg sues hundreds of Hawaii families to force them to sell their land

Mark Zuckerberg sues hundreds of Hawaii families to force them to sell their land:

Source: The Independent

Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly suing Hawaiian families who have ancestral rights to land within his $100 million (£81.2 million) property in a bid to force them to sell their plots.

The Facebook founder has launched the legal action in an attempt to make his 700-acre beachfront estate on the Island of Kauai more private. 

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Snow for Hawaii, Record Cold Across USA & Fog Dome in UK (Video)

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Hawaii receives 3 feet of snow drifting to 5 feet on the peaks of the Big Island. Last year in 2014 saw smaller amounts but snow, it seems its a pattern, and increasing. Fog Dome in Wales, Fog Falls in Wales also, plus records cold to shatter records across Canada and the USA.

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Hawaii May Become First State in US To Decriminalize All Drugs

Hawai`i May Become First State in US To Decriminalize All Drugs:

Hawai`i — Following Portugal’s model, Hawai`i could become the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize all drugs — including cocaine and even heroin.

“[D]espite a longstanding policy that enforces illicit drug prohibition and imposes some of the world’s harshest penalties for drug possession and sales, illicit drug use in the United States has been increasing,” states a resolution that passed, amended by the Hawai`i House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

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Hawaii Citizens Beat Monsanto, Bypass ‘Right To Spray’ Pesticides Bill

Hawaii Citizens Beat Monsanto, Bypass ‘Right To Spray’ Pesticides Bill:

Residents of the Hawaiian Islands just breathed a sigh of relief – literally, as the deadline passed for Hawaii’s House Judiciary Committee to hear House Bill 849, relating to Right to Farm, that would force residents to succumb to pesticide spraying without any say. All the while, companies like Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, and BASF use Hawaii land as a testing ground for GM crops.

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Obama’s Hawaii Vacation: $8 Million; Secret Service: $317k; Nailing A 40-Foot Chip: Priceless

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Obama’s Hawaii Vacation: $8 Million; Secret Service: $317k; Nailing A 40-Foot Chip: Priceless:

Thanks to the deep digging from Judicial Watch, we now know that President Obama’s Christmas 2013 vacation to Hawaii cost taxpayers a handy $8.1 million. The itinerary, we are sure, was very similar to this year’s golfing (and shave ice) extravaganza, which explains why, the known total expense to the American taxpayers thus far for all Obama travel is now $70,880,035.78. Well, it’s only fair right?

Judicial Watch announced today that it recently received expense records from the Department of Homeland Security revealing that Secret Service expenses for the Obama family vacation to Honolulu during December 2013-January 2014 cost taxpayers at least $316,698.03.  These new expenses bring the total for the Hawaii Christmas vacation trip to $8,098,060.33.  The Secret Service waited nearly two years to produce the requested numbers to Judicial Watch.

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12 examples of Hawaii food prices that may shock you! *PHOTOS*

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12 examples of Hawaii food prices that may shock you! *PHOTOS*:

HILO, Haw. (INTELLIHUB) — After looking through our monthly expenses for our family of three, I was shocked to find that we are spending well over $2000 a month on groceries locally. So when I went to the grocery store I snapped a few pictures that may shock you as Hawaii food prices continue to skyrocket.

Snowfall In Hawaii … In Mid-July

Snowfall in Hawaii – In mid-July (Ice Age Now, July 18, 2015):

An overnight storm dropped 1½ to 2 inches of snow on the summit of Hawaii’s tallest peak in July.
Cameras at the summit of 13,800-foot Mauna Kea showed some snow still on the ground midday Friday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Maureen Ballard says snow can fall on the summit any time of year, though there’s a greater chance in the winter.

Ballard says temperatures at the summit were about freezing overnight.

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