Siren testing scheduled for Oahu, Kauai

Siren testing scheduled for Oahu, Kauai

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), formerly known as State Civil Defense, together with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management, has rescheduled siren testing for Monday, September 21, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Ala Wai Golf Course, Honolulu
  • Ala Wai Regional Park, Honolulu
  • Wailupe Beach Park, Aina Haina

Residents nearby may hear the siren sound six to eight times for 30-second to one-minute intervals during the identified timeframe. Testing will include short blasts known as "burps." During the tests, technicians will check that installation work on this siren has been completed properly.

Residents may call HI-EMA at (808) 733-4300 if they have any questions or concerns regarding modernization of the Statewide Outdoor Siren Warning System. Contact the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management at (808) 723-8960 to report routine siren operational issues.

And on Kauai, nine newly installed Civil Defense outdoor warning sirens will be tested next week.

The special soundings are for acceptance testing, and will be conducted in partnership with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA).

The testing will be conducted over a three-day period, Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Wailua Houselots Park
  • Wailua Golf Course (south end)
  • Hanamaulu Beach Park
  • Puhi
  • Koloa Town
  • Poipu Beach Park
  • Halewili Road
  • Kalawai Park
  • Kekaha (next to the Chinese cemetery)

Area residents may hear the sirens sound for six to eight times during the 30-second to one-minute intervals. The testing will also include short blasts known as "burps."

The Kauai Civil Defense Agency is seeking volunteers who are willing to assist with the testing by reporting issues with the sirens, particularly the ones that are in new locations.

Volunteers living or working in close proximity to a Civil Defense siren would be placed on a phone list for potential calls following the monthly siren test, which is conducted on the first business day of each month.

Anyone who would like to serve as a volunteer can call 241-1800 or send an email to

Anyone with questions or concerns regarding the modernization of the statewide outdoor warning system may call HI-EMA at (808) 733-4300.

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