UPDATE: Power has been restored to all Waikapu customers as of 3:34 p.m.
Maui Electric Company would like to inform the public that the Waikapu area is experiencing a power outage. Maui Electric is working to identify the cause and restore electrical service as quickly and safely as possible. The outage was first reported at 11:37 a.m. today.
An update will be provided as soon as more information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding
A Kahului man is clinging to life this afternoon after a crash today in Kahului.
Maui Police say the crash happened at 12:32 p.m. today when a black moped executed a left turn from 349 Hanakai Street. MPD investigators say the man failed to yield and was struck by a 2008 Toyota Tacoma traveling south on Hanakai Street.
As a result of the crash, the 56 year-old moped operator suffered critical, life-threatening injuries. He was transported to the Emergencu Room of Maui Memorial Medical Center. The 25 year-old driver of the pickup truck, also from Kahului, was alone – and did not sustain any injuries.
The moped rider was not wearing a helmet. The Toyota driver was wearing a seatbelt. Police say there is – so far – no indication of the involvement of drugs and/or alcohol. They have ruled out speed as a factor in the crash.
HONOLULU – Residential customers who have or are considering an electric vehicle now have a new tool to estimate how much money they can save by using special timeof-use (TOU) EV charging rates offered by the Hawaiian Electric Companies. The new EV Bill Savings Estimators and instructions are accessible at:
“Plug-in electric vehicles are key to a clean energy future for Hawai‘i,” said Jim Alberts, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president for customer service. “EVs can help reduce our dependency on imported oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save customers money in the process.”
There are estimator versions for:
With a recent electric bill in hand, anyone can input data to discover the amount of savings from using the TOU EV rate. The calculation is illustrative, based on individual factors such as actual household electricity use.
Under the TOU EV rate schedule, the cost per kilowatt-hour for home charging varies depending on the time of day. For example, the O‘ahu TOU EV rate provides a discount of about 6 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity consumed during off-peak hours from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Customers can still charge vehicles at any time, but rates are somewhat higher during other hours.
A typical customer with a battery electric vehicle can save about 30 percent on fuel cost by using the standard residential rate to charge at home compared to a non-electric vehicle fueled at the gas pump.* When applying the TOU EV rate, the Bill Savings Estimator will show an additional 15 percent savings for O‘ahu customers charging an EV at home.
The new savings estimators are part of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ support for electrification of transportation that includes the discount TOU charging rates and companyowned fast chargers. Learn about EVs and signing up for TOU rates for EV charging at hawaiianelectric.com/GoEV.
WAILUKU – Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation’s (HHSC) Maui Region board voted earlier this week to cut $28 million in services and positions for Fiscal Year 2016. The difficult decision came after the latest State budget projections. “We are limited by the options that we have before us,” said Avery B. Chumbley, a member on the Maui Region board.
“We knew this day was going to happen, and while we understand the state cannot continue to fund our financial shortfalls, for three years we have asked the legislature to allow us to move forward on a public/private partnership so we could avoid this very day,” Chumbley added.
Immediate cuts will be made to non-clinical and non-essential contracts that the hospital maintains, as well as 50 – 75 non-clinical administrative positions. These cuts will only save the region a nominal amount compared to the shortfall cited by the board.
“As administrators, as parents and involved citizens in this community, this is a path we have refused to accept in response to the continued financial shortfalls of our region, however, it is now time to address this issue head on, and that involves accepting the reality of our situation,” said Maui Region’s Chief Executive Officer Wesley Lo.
The cuts will also affect various clinical service lines and positions and will require public input in order to shut down various services. Community meetings are currently being set and will be announced once places and times have been confirmed.
The cuts may affect current services to all three of the region’s hospitals. Services such as heart, surgical and intensive care units, oncology, obstetrics and gynecology services and physician call coverage are currently being reviewed for service cuts. “The cuts to our hospitals, facilities, staffing and services we provide our communities, will set us back 20 years,” Lo said in underscoring the impacts.
UPDATE: The accident scene has been cleared and the road reopened as of 2:36 p.m. today.
Alamaha Road is closed in Kahului due to a traffic accident. Emergency units are on scene. The accident was first reported around 12:30 p.m. today, involving a vehicle and a moped.
Traffic is closed in both directions of Alamaha Street between Hanakai Street and Papa Place.
WAILUKU – Due to a manpower shortage, the Kahului area residential refuse collection route was not picked up today.
AFFECTED AREAS IN KAHULUI ARE:
The missed pickup is expected to be made on Saturday, March 28.
The Department apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates the community’s understanding and cooperation.
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