Woken up by sirens? It was an electrical malfunction (updated)

UPDATED 8:55 AM Hawaii State Department of Defense, Civil Defense Division:

Honolulu-The siren malfunction at 5:25 a.m. this morning, June 14, 2012, was related to an improvement project to modernize the State’s Outdoor Siren Warning System. The project outfitted eight Oahu sirens with modems that allow for remote satellite activation. The contractor involved with the project inadvertently activated sirens at Diamond Head, Kamiloiki, Makiki, McCully, Moanalua Valley, and Waimanalo. Protocols are being developed to prevent a recurrence. “We apologize for any anxiety this early morning sounding caused for area residents,” said Doug Mayne, Vice Director of Civil Defense.

Ikaika M Hussey

Sirens went off this morning due to an electrical malfunction, according to Oahu Civil Defense spokesperson John Cummings III.

Sirens were heard in Makiki, Waikiki, Hawaii Kai, and Waimanalo, according to media reports and numerous social media posts.

According to Cummings, the state system is being overhauled now. Of 150 total sirens statewide, 60-70% are new, but the rest are 40 years old.