In 2018, Hawaii residents were sent into a panic when a false missile alert was sent out. The incident, which occurred on January 13, 2018, was the result of human error and left many people feeling frightened and vulnerable. Now, a short film titled “20 Minutes” has been released that tells the story of that day and the impact it had on the people of Hawaii.
Background on the False Missile Alert
On January 13, 2018, an emergency alert was sent out to all residents of Hawaii that read, “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” The alert was sent out via the Emergency Alert System and was also broadcast on television and radio stations across the state.
The alert caused widespread panic, with many people seeking shelter and trying to contact loved ones. It took 38 minutes for another message to be sent out stating that the alert was a false alarm. The incident was later determined to be the result of human error, with an employee of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency accidentally sending the alert.
The Making of “20 Minutes”
20 Minutes” is a short film that tells the story of the false missile alert and its impact on the people of Hawaii. The film was produced by Waikiki-based production company, All in Hawaii, and was directed by Chris Tashima.
The film is told from the perspective of a young family who are on vacation in Hawaii when the alert is sent out. The family is portrayed by local actors, including Maui-based actress, Kellye Nakahara, who is best known for her role on the television show, “MAS*H.”
The film was shot on location in Hawaii and features stunning footage of the islands. The filmmakers worked closely with local residents and officials to accurately portray the events of that day and the impact it had on the community.
The Importance of “20 Minutes”
20 Minutes” is an important film that sheds light on the impact of the false missile alert on the people of Hawaii. The film serves as a reminder of the importance of emergency preparedness and the need for clear and accurate communication during times of crisis.
The incident also highlights the vulnerability of Hawaii and other Pacific island nations to potential missile threats. As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to escalate, it is important for residents of Hawaii and other Pacific islands to be prepared for any potential threats.
“20 Minutes” is a powerful film that tells the story of the false missile alert that sent Hawaii residents into a panic in 2018. The film is an important reminder of the need for emergency preparedness and clear communication during times of crisis. It also highlights the vulnerability of Hawaii and other Pacific island nations to potential missile threats and the need to be prepared for any eventuality.