Maui Electric crews worked late into the night on Saturday restoring power to an additional 450 customers before ceasing restoration efforts for the evening at 11 p.m. As of this time, 270 customers, of the initial 3,520 county-wide affected customers, remain without power in pockets of upper Olinda, Piiholo, upper Kimo Drive, Haiku, Kahului, Wailuku, and Waiehu.
Several power outages throughout the night and during the day resulted from strong winds affecting our state. Areas of Piiholo, Olinda, Haiku and Kula lost power last night as strong gusts brought down trees and lines. Maui Electric crews responded to the scene in Piiholo, however work was suspended for safety reasons when a large tree came down on a Maui Electric truck as crews conducted repairs. Crews continue restoration efforts in these areas today.
This morning shortly after 8 a.m., 3,762 customers in parts of Wailuku, Waiehu and Kahakuloa lost power when winds blew a tie wire lose in Wailuku Heights. Power was restored to all customers at 9:30 a.m.
186 customers on Molokai in areas of Kalae, Kualapuu and Kalaupapa lost power shortly after 11 a.m. when winds broke a cross arm. Power was restored to all but two customers at 11:46 a.m.
Maui Electric reminds customers to use caution as this system continues through the County. Stay away from downed lines and call for help should you see a downed line or pole. Call 911 or Maui Electric at 871-7777 on Maui and 1-877-871-8461 toll-free on Lanai and Molokai.
A MECO press release added, “We will do everything possible to bring customers back online as quickly and safely as possible. For those currently without power, remember to keep the refrigerator door closed to keep food cold. If using propane or open flame to cook, do so outside and use caution if using a generator.”
UPDATE: MECO reports power restoration on Moloka’i.
Maui Electric Company would like to inform the public that th eareas of Kualapuu & Kalaupapa are experiencing a power outage. Maui Electric is working to identify the cause and restore electrical service as quickly and safely as possible.
A strong cold front is moving onto Moloka’i at this hour. Check out this great satellite animation.
With Maui County and the rest of the state experiencing strong gusty winds, Maui Electric reminds the public to stay clear of downed electrical lines, poles and equipment. If you should see a downed line or pole, call Maui Electric immediately at 871-7777 on Maui and 1-877-871-84611-877-871-8461 FREE on Lana‘i and Moloka‘i or dial 911 in an emergency.
An update will be provided as soon as more information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
HONOLULU – Customers of the Hawaiian Electric Companies are benefiting from lower electric bills due to lower fuel prices. Typical residential bills are at their lowest level in about 4 years.
“We are happy to pass these savings straight through to our customers,” said Jim Alberts, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president of customer service. “At the same time, we’ve seen oil prices drop before, only to rise again. Today’s lower oil prices must not distract us from reducing our dependency on imported oil.
“We remain committed to reaching our goal of getting 65 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2030,” he said.
The Hawaiian Electric Companies also continue working to reduce costs to customers through efficiency improvements and by pursuing cleaner, low-cost natural gas to replace oil while continuing to increase use of renewable energy.
UPDATE: Maui Electric reports that all Kahului customers have been restored as of 4:35 p.m. today HST.
Maui Electric Company would like to inform the public that the Kahului area is experiencing a power outage. Maui Electric is working to identify the cause and restore electrical service as quickly and safely as possible.
An update will be provided as soon as more information becomes available. Parts of Moloka’i – without power for a time earlier today – have been restored to full juice. Maui Electric thanks their customers for their patience and understanding.
After consecutive power outages on Moloka’i Monday – one at each end of the island – power has been restored there. However, in the “no rest for the weary” column – Maui Electric crews have been busy overnight. Many customers in Peahi lost power shortly after 2 a.m.
Maui Electrical service has been restored to a majority of customers in most parts of Peahi as of 3:19 a.m. Maui Electric apologizes for any inconvenience this situation may have caused. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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