Looks like we've "dodged the bullet" according to news reports. We do take these tsunami warnings seriously in Hawaii because of the tragedies we have encountered before.
My college roommate's dad who used to live in Hilo once told me how he'll never forget that April Fool's day in 1946. His older brother had gone to school earlier that day. He was never seen again. It haunts him still.
This photo is from the Live Science web site of a man who did get swept out to sea.
My mother-in-law told me how some people disregarded a warning siren thinking it was an April Fool's joke. A school on the big island was swept out to sea.
There were a lot of people who drove up to Diamond Head and Tantalus to see the tsunami. I do believe they might have been disappointed that there wasn't anything to see. The TV anchors were working hard to keep things lively for several hours almost apologizing for a non-event. I think some people don't realize just how lucky we were.
I just hope there are no surprises in the next few hours.