Efforts to find out more about what other top officials did during a January missile alert that left hundreds of thousands of islanders thinking they might die in a nuclear blast have been stymied at the highest levels of state government.
The Hawaii National Guard's top commander said Friday he told Gov. David Ige that a missile alert was a false alarm two minutes after it went out statewide. But the governor didn't tell the public until 15 minutes later.
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.
The Hawaii-bound missile scare lasted only about 10 minutes, but it was long enough to create an unsettling start to the third round of the Sony Open from the brief uncertainty and panic across the island