Asia-Pacific security summit meets in Hawaii

Edward Teixeira
Edward Teixeira

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Representatives from 10 countries met in Hawaii Tuesday with one goal in mind, keeping people safe.

Tuesday was the seventh annual Asia Pacific Homeland Security Summit.  Top government leaders, business executives and anti-terrorism experts met at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.  They talked about ways to recognize suspicious trends and protecting 'soft targets' like hotels.

"We've never said Hawaii was really a safe place but in Hawaii we are doing all we can with taxpayer investments and homeland security funding to shore up our capabilities to protect Hawaii and above all protect our visitors," said Edward Teixeira, Hawaii Civil Defense Vice Director.  "When you look at safety I have got to say yes, Hawaii is on the low risk end but as far as we're concerned we have got to do more to protect our people and our visitors."

Teixeira says those in government have to be much more aware of public sentiments and protect people from external and internal threats.

The summit has become one of the most up to date ways to develop solutions to threats in the Asia-Pacific region.