DIALOGUE By Karleen Chinen

Shinnen akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! Happy New Year!

Every inch of our New Year’s edition (Jan. 5) was filled with either editorial content or advertising support, so Gwen Battad Ishikawa, Grant “Sandaa” Murata and I weren’t able to wish you good wishes for the new year as we would have wanted. We hope that you had a safe and happy celebration of the arrival of 2018 — the “Year of the Dog.”

Well, it sure didn’t take long for a different kind of fireworks to explode. Only six days. Everyone, I’m sure, has their own story to tell about where they were, what they were doing and how they feel about the day the ballistic missile alert was mistakenly activated, sending most of Hawai‘i into a panic.

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