HEI - Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc.

04/14/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/15/2024 02:01

9:45 p.m. UPDATE: Power restored to most customers in Hawaii Kai

9:45 p.m. UPDATE: Power restored to most customers in Hawaii Kai

Release Date: 4/14/2024

Download PDF

HONOLULU, April 14, 2024 - Hawaiian Electric has restored electricity to the majority of customers in Hawaii Kai and East Honolulu but about 2,200 customers will remain without power tonight and through most of Monday.

The outage was caused by damage to one of the main transmission lines that bring power across the Koolau mountains into the Hawaii Kai/East Honolulu area. About 4,000 feet of 46-kilovolt line fell across a second transmission line, taking both lines out of service. The damage occured in an area of steep terrain in the Kuliouou Forest Reserve and without the ability to use a helicopter because of the weather, it's difficult to reach.

Because of darkness, rain and the challenging terrain, crews cut part of the downed power line so a section of the other transmission line could be reenergized, restoring power to about 11,000 customers. Weather permitting, inspection crews will use a helicopter to fly above the area and develop a repair plan and schedule to replace the damaged line.

The remaining 2,200 customers are largely located in the vicitinity of Kaiser High School, Kamiloiki School and Hanauma Bay. They are expected to be without power through most of the day and it's possible there will be additional outages as crews work to safely make repairs.

For updates and alerts, follow Hawaiian Electric on Facebook (facebook.com/HawaiianElectric), Twitter/X (twitter.com/hwnelectric) or via our free mobile app (available on Apple App and Google Play stores).

For information about preparedness and safety tips, visit hawaiianelectric.com/stormcenter. Download a free copy of our Handbook for Emergency Preparedness, available in English, Cantonese, Ilocano, Korean and Vietnamese languages. A version for children also is available.