Bomb sniffing dogs didn’t detect anything initially, but Honolulu police
were being cautious.
A suspicious package left under the metal sculpture honoring war veterans was enough of a concern that a maintainence worker flagged the governor's body guards.
The governor and the first lady's residence is just yards from the memorial.
By 9:45 a.m. officers shut down the Miller street entrance of the capitol building.
Out front pedestrians and motorists were being kept away.
Police decided to expand the perimeter to block all traffic on Beretania Street
from Punchbowl to Merchant street which meant traffic snarls at several major intersections.
A Hawaii Kai family was delayed getting to the health department records office.
"There was lots of congested traffic we were coming down to get a certificate and there were police cars all over the place, roads blocked," said Alexandra Zenruffinen.
For the next two hours state sheriffs closed off until police bomb experts could determine what it was dealing with.
They had considered using robotics to inspect the package.
The fire department responded just in case explosives were involved.
Fortunately there were able to x-ray the package and determine it wasn't dangerous.
Inside were a battery, a bottle with liquid and other items..
"It's a good thing they take the precaution," said Zenruffinen.
Officials believe the items were likely left behind by homeless who frequent the area.
Last year the state spent thousands of dollars erecting a 12-foot fence around the governor's home following a half a dozen security breaches involving homeless people.
Public safety says since the extra security measures were put in place there has only been one other case of trespassing.
The street closure however also meant detours for 17 routes for the city bus, according to a Bus supervisor, who expected it would take at an hour to get schedules back on track following the road closures.