A water main break near the Maui Electric Company power plant at Ma’alaea has forced Police to close one lane of North Kihei Road. At 5:20 a.m. today, the report came in that traffic is being alternately flowed around the scene.
No word on the cause of the break, or if and where it might be affecting customers. Motorists should choose alternate routes or expect delays through the area.
Maui Electric Company says that, shortly after 8 a.m. today, approximately 1,200 Molokai customers in the East End and Kaluakoi lost power when two electrical lines came down in the Kaluakoi area. Electrical service was restored to East End by 8:40 a.m.
As of 1 p.m. today, about 60 customers in Kaluakoi remain without power as crews work to access and repair the lines which are located in difficult terrain. We estimate that power will be restored at about 2 p.m.
Maui Electric is looking into what caused the lines to come down. MECO sincerely appreciates the public’s understanding and patience as we work to restore power.
Maui Electric Company reports that electrical service has been restored to most of Molokai. As of 8:40 a.m., according to a press release issued by MECO, electrical service has been restored to the East Side of Molokai. Customers in the Kaluakoi remain without power at this time. MECO crews remain on the scene and are working to restore power to remaining customers as efficiently and safely as possible.
An update will be provided as soon as more information becomes available. No original press release was issued, so it is undetermined what time the lights when out or what caused the outage.
HONOLULU – Hawaiian Electric Industries – along with its subsidiaries Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii Electric Light, Maui Electric, and American Savings Bank – is contributing $100,000 to the Filipino Community Center of Hawaii (FilCom Center) for relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. The donation from the HEI Charitable Foundation will be doubled to $200,000 by the Consuelo Foundation, which has pledged to match up to $2 million in donations toward Philippine relief efforts.
“Through HEI’s generous contribution and our partnership with the FilCom Center, we will be able to provide much-needed relief and secure more aid for disaster-stricken victims in the Philippines,” said Jon Matsuoka, president and CEO of the Consuelo Foundation.
In addition to the $100,000 donation, the HEI Charitable Foundation will match personal donations made by employees of HEI and its subsidiaries to relief efforts. Alternatively, donations made directly to the FilCom Center will be matched by the Consuelo Foundation.
“We appreciate the good work of the Consuelo Foundation in partnership with the FilCom Center to support this humanitarian cause,” said Connie Lau, HEI president and CEO. “Our thoughts are with the people impacted by this devastating disaster – those in the Philippines and their families here in Hawaii.”
A utility pole is down in Napili. While emergency and Maui Electric Company crews work to replace the power pole, Lower Honoapi’ilani Highway is closed between Ho’hui and Kepola Roads.
No word on the cause of the incident or the extent of any injuries.
By Jeff King
An early morning vehicle accident above Pa’ia knocked down a utility pole – closing Baldwin Ave between 1 a.m. and noon today. The accident also cut power to much of Makawao, Pa’ia and portions of Maui’s north shore.
Police closed Baldwin Avenue between Kaluanui and Ke’e Roads while investigators measured the scene and crews from Maui Eletric Company worked to restore power. Partial restoration of electricity was reported at 5:27 a.m.
Portions of Makawao are still without Power. Maui Police have not released any further details about the accident.
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