WAIKIKI (KHNL) - The Aloha Festival is a celebration of music, dance and history. The event kicked off Friday where organizers go to great lengths to make sure everyone has fun while staying safe. Chants, chicken and of course the crowds all make up Aloha Festival 2008. High atop the event, is a special police command center. It's an event enthusiasts are noticing. The entire 11-block area is monitored using a special map. It shows where officers are and positions them into action swiftly if there are any problems.
"We use this particular technology plus cameras on the outside to give us a birds eye view of what's going on without having to be on the outside," said Leland Cadoy of the Honolulu Police Department.
Using communication to protect the event's crowd, it's the command center's decision making ability that's able to diffuse safety threats quickly, taking any fear from this fun event. Police also say securing an event like the Aloha Festival is good practice should something serious like a tsunami, hurricane, or terrorist attack happen. They also add executing this smaller scale operation prepares them to be efficient for the worse.