Madeline: "I went to the bathroom and someone saw me walk back to my dorm and then they pounded on my door and were like, 'We gotta go, we gotta go. There's an emergency. We're getting bombed.' Then he showed me the text, so I turned around and grabbed my phone. I just ran down the stairs and started calling all of my friends as I was running to get shelter.
"We were just crossing the street without the crosswalk — we just ran across the street. We really thought we were going to get bombed. It's weird, living in the US — we're so protected and sheltered, you don't ever think about getting bombed. It was not something a lot of people experience. I was really shaken up. I called my mom. That was the first thing I did. And I started tearing up. Told her I loved her and everything. She told me to focus and get to shelter.
"As soon as I hung up with her, my mission was to get somewhere safe — I wasn't even scared anymore. It was just like survival of the fittest I guess... I ended up in the Marine Science building. ... But there wasn't enough space for all of us, we found out later."
Rebecca: "Me and my roommates were all freaking out. We changed, because we were in shorts, and we put shoes on and we packed protein bars, water, and put our backpacks on, and we were out the door."
Olivia: "I didn't even get the text. I was just in the dorm room by myself. I didn't know what to do. I just opened the door and me and the other people on my floor were like, 'Let's go to the bathroom.' Then I said, 'This isn't safe. We have to run to the fallout shelter.' So I kind of just sprinted, and I was calling my parents, just saying 'I love you,' and really not knowing what to do."
Rebecca: "My phone wasn't even working. So many people were on their phones at that time that the cell towers were shot. So I had to send texts. I texted my mom, 'Missile inbound to Hawaii. I love you guys.' And she was like, 'Be safe, be smart, be careful.' And I had to send that to my dad and my cousins. ... It took an hour for my phone to actually be able to call out to make phone calls back to the mainland."
Madeline: "I was sitting in the lecture hall with everyone else, just jam packed, and people were checking Twitter and somebody said, 'They're saying it's a false alarm.' And then everyone got different sources, and then they made us stay an extra 10 minutes just to be sure everything was safe and then they let us go."
Olivia: "It was the professors who were finding information and were being like, we need at least three credible sources until we know. Because someone just read on Twitter that it was false, and they just got up and left, but I didn't know — Twitter could just be saying that."