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Child care provider awaits electric service

A nonprofit will reopen after losing its power to wind and the strike

By Leila Fujimori

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Hawaiian Electric Co. says it is expects to restore power by this evening to Child & Family Service Hawaii's Ewa complex, which has been without electricity since last Friday.

Howard Garval, president and chief executive officer of Child & Family Service Hawaii, said, "We are looking at opening the Ewa campus Monday."

Winds downed power lines on Fort Weaver Road, and power restoration was delayed because of a strike started that day by HECO's unionized workers.

HECO restored power to nearly all customers in the Ewa area by Sunday using alternate circuits. But Child & Family Service's complex is normally directly powered by the utility poles and lines, and there was no other way to switch them over to the alternate circuits, HECO spokesman Darren Pai said.

HECO provided two generators last weekend and one Monday to provide temporary electric service to the private, nonprofit human services provider.

"It's been good that HECO has been responsive in working with us," Garval said. "They did provide three or four generators."

The nonprofit has run two of its programs since last Friday using its own two generators. The generators provided partial power to programs that use the Ewa facility, including tenant Kama'aina Kids.

The child care center used the generator to run fans, a refrigerator and a freezer, and had temporary lighting also provided by HECO.

Child & Family Service moved its administrative offices to its downtown office, copying files to an external hard drive and onto the downtown system.

Another of its programs continued operating in the community, Garval said.

Other tenants include the Department of Human Services' Child Welfare Services Branch.






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