He added that the warning was sent to mobile phones, and also appeared on TV and radio.
"The whole state was terrified", said Hawaiian US senator Brian Schatz following the false alarm on Saturday morning, which went uncorrected for 38 minutes.
The alert turned out to be false and the result of human error.
"There is no missile threat", Lt. Commander Joe Nawrocki told BuzzFeed News. We were about to come downstairs when the lobby told us to stay indoors.
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has revealed that the shocking mistake was made by an employee who "pushed the wrong buttons" during an internal drill.
Given Hawaii's positioning, the islands would be earlier to reach than the U.S. mainland. "I think we just take it for granted that we'll always be safe and, really, it's kind of important to know what those are before the time comes".
Bryce Blay is vacationing on the island of Oahu with his fiance and says he was lying in bed, playing on his phone, when the alert popped up.
Officials in Hawaii have maintained the alert was a mistake, but the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) told KMGH that the message was "possibly a hack" or a "very sick joke".
More than 30 minutes after the alert went out, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency put out a tweet saying there was no incoming missile.
The local news stations also didn't have any information, it was through Twitter that Wasylyk initially found out that the incoming missile was a false alarm. The White House, commenting on the incident, said it was a state exercise and people had no reason to worry.
Austin said the state of the world right now makes this threat feel all to real.
The alert started showing up on phones around 8 AM.