"The people of Hawaii are deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy. The enormous anguish being experienced by the tens of thousands of families affected, and our entire nation, is beyond words."
"I want to let Hawaii residents know that we have taken several precautions. We have put the Hawaii National Guard on partial-alert. We've asked the National Guard to work with State security at the Honolulu International Airport, which is working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration. Measures are being taken to ensure the protection of our people, equipment, and resources."
"There are three Hawaii-bound flights, already enroute from Japan, that are expected to arrive at the Honolulu International Airport. They cannot be diverted to another airport and will land here. There are an additional 16 flights from the Far East bound for various western states that have been diverted to land here."
"The Red Cross has been activated to care for any stranded travelers should they need food or shelter."
"All State building will remain open today, but as a precautionary measure we have stepped up security. As for our other State departments, I have been in contact with Chief Justice Ronald Moon, University of Hawaii President Evan Dobelle, and the Office of the Superintendent of Schools. They have all informed me that the courts, the University of Hawaii, and the public schools will remain open today. However, the schools on the Big Island will be closed and military has informed the Department of Education that it will be closing all schools located on bases."
"The State is also in contact with both Federal and County agencies to take appropriate security measures. All County Emergency Operating Centers have been activated and each County Civil Defense Office is working with their Police Chief to put patrols on alert near critical infrastructure on each island."
"Again, Hawaii wishes to convey our deepest sympathy and prayers for all of the families affected by this enormous, senseless tragedy."