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HECO: Power restored to remaining customers in Hawaii Kai, Waimanalo

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / Sept. 20, 2018
                                Haunama Bay Nature Preserve closed this afternoon due to a power outage affecting thousands of Hawaiian Electric Co. customers in Hawaii Kai and Waimanalo.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / Sept. 20, 2018

    Haunama Bay Nature Preserve closed this afternoon due to a power outage affecting thousands of Hawaiian Electric Co. customers in Hawaii Kai and Waimanalo.

UPDATE: 8 p.m.

Power was restored shortly after 7 tonight to the remaining customers in Hawaii Kai and Waimanalo who were affected today by a tree in one of Hawaiian Electric Co.’s power lines that cut off electricity.

HECO spokeswoman Shannon Tangonan said initially just over 13,000 customers were affected. That number was much larger than earlier reported.

“For everyone’s awareness, there is redundancy in that area, but we had deenergized the main line for scheduled maintenance when a tree came into contact with the backup power line, causing the outage,” Tangonan said earlier in the day. “Tree trimmers have since cleared the vegetation from the line in a heavily forested area of Waimanalo. Trimmers had to hike into the area, which is on a mountainside.”

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Power has been restored to the majority of Hawaii Kai and Waimanalo customers who were affected today.

“For everyone’s awareness, there is redundancy in that area, but we had deenergized the main line for scheduled maintenance when a tree came into contact with the backup power line, causing the outage,” HECO spokeswoman Shannon Tangonan said. “Tree trimmers have since cleared the vegetation from the line in a heavily forested area of Waimanalo. Trimmers had to hike into the area, which is on a mountainside.”

Hawaiian Electric said that a tree in one of its power lines has cut off electricity to nearly 5,000 Hawaii Kai and Waimanalo customers this afternoon.

The affected customers included the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, which the city has closed for the day.

The Hawaiian Electric Company is addressing the outage, which is impacting several areas surrounding the nature preserve.

The company tweeted that, as of about 1:10 p.m., 4,760 customers were without power in the area.

The company said crews found a tree in one of its lines and were working to restore power. They estimated that power would be restored by 6:30 p.m.

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