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Kauai’s first 2015 baby arrives during power outage

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LIHUE >> A Kauai baby born Thursday was the island’s first of 2015 and possibly the only one delivered by candlelight.

The Garden Island reports a power outage struck Kauai Island Utility Cooperative 23 minutes into the new year.

Certified nurse-midwife Sharon Offley says it was still dark at 1 a.m. when she arrived at the Kilauea home of Dane and Anjela Rose Smith.

Offley says it’s not exactly new to have a baby without electricity.

Anjela Rose Smith spent her labor in a hot tub and delivered her third child at 3:07 a.m.

The baby girl weighed at seven pounds, 15 ounces.

The power cooperative says its control system detected a fault and shut down its largest generator. Power was restored to most island customers by 5:40 a.m.

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