I think this was actually a really good opportunity to see how prepared hawaii is in the event of a large scale natural disaster. Far better opportunity than any drills the state could have ran.
While not perfect by any means (there are many things that could be a lot better) overall the state's readiness is way better than it was as little as 5 years ago. This time around there was much better cooperation and communication between the state, feds, national guard, all counties, and private companies. It used to be a completely chaotic disorganized mess, with preparation pretty much being personnel crossing their fingers and praying it doesnt hit.