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King Kalakaua and HECO helped bring electricity to Hawaii

  • COURTESY HECO

    Hawaiian Electric on King Street in about 1930. The HECO building at King and Merchant streets was built in 1927 and the company’s roots can be traced directly to King David Kalakaua’s efforts to bring electricity to Hawaii.

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