Roughly a half hour later, another emergency notification was sent out, this time saying the first was a false alarm.
The morning alert caused residents to panic. "Repeat. False Alarm", the message read.
The message also blared across television sets in the state - where residents have been on edge in recent months amid growing tensions between the Trump administration and North Korea.
The young couple, hoping to spend their time in paradise "disconnecting and not reading the news", were en route to Leonard's Bakery, in Waikiki, when they received the alert.
"Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii". "The officials that I've spoken to said it was an inadvertent message essentially sent out as a mistake".
The message read, "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII".
According to Hawaii News Now, the alert went out at 8 a.m. and was confirmed over Twitter to be an error within 15 minutes, but cellphone screenshots show a delay of almost 40 minutes between the original alert and one confirming it was a false alarm.
Government officials are pleading for calm after a cell phone text message warning was sent to every phone in the state of Hawaii.
"An error was made in emergency management which allowed this false alarm to be sent", Ige said. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency confirmed that an alert sent to people's phones in Hawaii was an error. "Haha glad to know we'll all be safe".
"One guy said he saw it on TV and hurried his family of six to somewhere", Hoots added. Hawaii officials confirmed to her there was no threat. For as little as $3, you can help us. The hotel has no procedures or underground shelter. "But I think it's a very serious problem if it wasn't that, or even it was, it shows that we have problems in the system that can cause major disruption and panic and anxiety among people in Hawaii".
Hoots, who flies back to Seattle tonight with her husband John, gave Boyle an idea of what the scene looked like later in the morning. I am deeply troubled by this misstep that could have had dire consequences.
The U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was the target of the surprise attack by Japan on December 7, 1941, that drew the United States into World War Two.