Hawaii residents caught in Boston shutdown

Published On: Apr 19 2013 06:09:28 PM HST   Updated On: Apr 20 2013 09:31:39 AM HST

The city of Boston found itself in lockdown most of the day.

Many of the students and Hawaii residents who stayed indoors were watching the drama unfold on live television like the rest of the country.

In Boston this week for a Board of Law Examiners conference, are five people from Hawaii, including Supreme Court Justice Paula Nakayama who had trouble getting to the Copley Hotel where the conference was held, because the airport and trains were shut down.

Some people described the mood of the city on Friday as somber and surreal.

"Outside of the hotel, there is a full Humvee with armed guys and bulletproof vests.  I have never seen out of war zone armed with automatic weaponry.  It’s amazing and they are on every corner; you go to the mall and they are the all over the mall. The malls may be open but the shops aren't  because people just can’t get to work," said Honolulu attorney Robert Chong.

Because of the virtual shutdown, Chong said it was tough finding restaurants there were open for business, and added there was no coffee in the hotel Friday morning.

At MIT, where a police officer was gunned down overnight, a Hawaii student said what normally are busy streets were strangely silent as everyone took the order to stay indoors seriously.

Ryan Lau said students were escorted by MIT police back to their dorms last night or were locked down in the buildings they were in.

"There is a very strong community response from the students. Maybe like Hallf of my friends who go to MIT have changed their profile picture to a MIT PD logo  in memoriam to the fallen officer," said Lau.

Now that the manhunt for the suspect is over, the tensions of the past week can ease, and Boston can begin to get back to business.


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