"I remember thinking what's going on? I literally just wanted to pray, I wanted to pray," Mariah told CNA.
"I concentrated so hard on the rosary, I was like 'come on Mary I know you can do this,'" she said.
Dallas said his 9 year-old son kept asking if they were going to die, and he wasn't sure how to answer, objectively.
"That's the first time in our lives that my kid asked me that, and I didn't know what to say," he said. Dallas and Monica tried to comfort their son by telling him it was an adventure that the whole family was on together.
After a few minutes, the family caught a glimmer of hope amidst the initial terror when Dallas called to check in on his parents, who were skeptical of the alert in the first place. Because they don't have smartphones, they weren't used to receiving alerts in that way, and thought it somehow must have been a fluke.
Furthermore, the missile sirens, which were tested on a monthly basis on the island, had not gone off at all, another sign that perhaps not all was as dire as it seemed.
Desperate for news, Dallas ran to his truck to turn on the radio. Instead of hearing static, or more warnings, he heard a football game and talk radio - nothing out of the ordinary.
The family started to breath a little easier, but they would wait - along with the rest of the island - for another 30 minutes before they got the official all-clear. They would later learn that the false message was an error on the part of an employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.
After that, most of the rest of their plans for the day fell through - its hard to go about your business after thinking your obliteration imminent.
The next day was Sunday, and his family's parish was packed, a phenomenon he has personally dubbed the #MissileConversions. The pews were filled, and the line for confession was out the door. Friends from throughout the island said their parishes were the same.
Even though the crisis was a false alarm, Dallas said he and his family joined the confession line anyway, as a way of giving thanks for being able to go to confession again.
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In his homily, the priest tried to bring a little levity to the grave situation that had caused so many to fill the pews out of a strange mix of subsequent fear and gratitude, Dallas said.
"He said you know that bible verse where it says Jesus will come again like a thief in the night? Well it looks like he almost came like a thief in the morning," Dallas recalled.
Afterward Mass, the whole parish community had a barbeque at the beach.
"Yesterday's beach session with friends and family was just the right amount of post-missile scare therapy," he said.
The harrowing experience also taught Dallas a few things in terms of material, and more importantly, spiritual, preparation.
Materially, he said, he found his hand-held radio and placed it in a prominent place on his desk, so that he wouldn't have to run out to his truck in an emergency situation.