Can you imagine checking your phone and finding out that there was a ballistic missile headed straight for your state?
Fear and panic took over when families received the frightening news, and then confusion set in, as to what to do next.
The state recommends that residents have a 14-day survival kit of food and water on hand and somewhere to seek shelter in case an attack occurs.
Both residents and tourists remain rattled in the days after the mistaken alert was sent out to cellphones across the islands, warning people to seek shelter, concluding with the ominous statement, "This is not a drill."
Lisa Foxen, a mother of two young children who lives just east of Honolulu, said that some good did come from the blunder.
"I kind of was just almost like a deer in headlights," she said. "I knew what to do in a hurricane. I knew what to do in an earthquake. But the missile thing is new to me."
More than a million people in Hawaii were fearing that they were about to be struck by a nuclear missile, and now some familiar faces are speaking about about the incident.