Someone "pushed the wrong button" to send out a false alert to warn of an inbound ballistic missile alarm to Hawaiians, according to Hawaii Gov.
Cellphones, televisions, and radio stations received the morning emergency alert, which claimed it was not a drill.
Ige tweeted that he is meeting with "top officials of the State Department of Defense and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to determine what caused this morning’s false alarm and to prevent it from happening again."
"The President has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise.
This was purely a state exercise," said White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters.