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Posted on: August 23, 2022

Update: Hawaiian Electric crews continue work to restore power to Maui island

Hawaiian Electric crews are continuing work to restore power to the remaining 15,000 customers in areas of Upcountry, East Maui, including Paia and Haiku, and pockets in Central and West Maui. 

Around 2:45 a.m. this morning, an estimated 65,000 customers in various parts of Maui experienced an outage, HECO reported. With resources dedicated to currently restoring power, the cause of the outage is still being assessed. This includes having to check equipment and power lines before power can safely be restored to all remaining customers.

HECO said: “While crews are safely working as quickly as possible to bring everyone back online today an estimated restoration time is currently not able to be provided. We appreciate the public’s continued patience and understanding.

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino said: "As Hawaiian Electric continues to restore power to the remaining outage areas of Maui, I ask both residents and visitors to be patient. Maui Police Department officers are directing traffic at intersections without functioning traffic lights, so please expect delays. With 14 Maui school closures today, I ask employers to be supportive and understanding of parents who are unable to report to work. Most of our resort areas are using back-up generators, but for visitors staying in accommodations without electricity, please stay put until power has been restored in your location. The aloha spirit helps us to overcome unexpected difficulties, so let's all remember that a little kindness goes a long way."

Meanwhile, the Maui County Department of Water Supply is asking customers to conserve water to reduce demand and extend existing supplies. The department relies on electrical pumps for well pumps, water treatment and distribution. 

Water conservation measures include refraining from washing cars or hosing down sidewalks and driveways and not irrigating lawns among other measures.

The Maui County Service Center has power, but its phone and internet services are down. Property tax and utility payments are being accepted by cash or check only. Receipts are being provided manually.

The Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing is unable to provide service to customers. They are being asked to reschedule appointments or wait until services are restored. The Lahaina satellite office is closed today because of power-related problems and a staffing shortage. The Pukalani office was without power and will be closed until power is restored.

 

The Department of Education has closed 14 Maui island schools:

 

West Maui

  • King Kamehameha III Elementary
  • Princess Nahienaena Elementary
  • Lahaina Intermediate
  • Lahainaluna High

Upcountry Maui

  • Haiku Elementary
  • Pukalani Elementary
  • Kula Elementary
  • Kalama Intermediate
  • Makawao Elementary
  • King Kekaulike High
  • Paia Elementary

Central Maui

  • Pomaikai Elementary
  • Wailuku Elementary
  • Iao Intermediate

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