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The traffic into Waikiki was unusually backed up for a Friday afternoon. A sea of cars poured through Kalakaua Avenue, all the way to the Ewa end of Ala Moana Boulevard. I was among those confused and growingly impatient motorists, who had no idea what was going on.
As it turned out, police shut down Kalakaua Avenue and evacuated part of Royal Hawaiian Center because of a suspicious item left in front of a Waikiki jewelry store. Police suspected there to be a bomb inside, which luckily, turned out to be a false alarm.
This was the second bomb scare for the Honolulu area in just two days. The first incident happened just down the road in Downtown Honolulu, home to many of the state’s government buildings. Police shut down the Circuit Court and adjacent streets for several hours as well.
Can I just echo what many people have already been asking: What’s going on in this world!? I feel like every time I turn on the news, I hear worse and more bizarre reports than the last time. Since the Boston bombings, copycat attempts have been popping up all over the country.
Needless to say, the Hawaii bomb scares dampened Friday night vacation plans for many visitors. Most had to stay in their hotels until the roadways were reopened. A majority of the hotels are located on Kalakaua Avenue. Despite the traffic and ruined Friday fun, I’m thankful our law enforcement were quick to respond to the scare. It could have been a lot worse.