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Power restored to Maui residents after outage affects estimated 65,000

Hawaiian Electric

An estimated 65,000 Hawaiian Electric customers on Maui lost power early Tuesday morning. As of 2 p.m., crews had restored power to all customers, HECO said.

The widespread outage started around 2:45 a.m. Power came back for neighborhoods throughout the morning.

Areas impacted included South Maui, West Maui, Central Maui — including areas of Kahului, Wailuku, Waiheʻe and Waiehu — Upcountry and East Maui.

The cause of the outage was a high-voltage short circuit at a substation in Mā‘alaea which triggered generating units to trip offline, HECO said in a statement.

"This is a highly unusual event – the last outage to affect a large number of Maui customers occurred after a lightning storm in 2017 – and the company is looking into the cause of the short circuit," HECO said.

Various Maui County services and traffic signals were also impacted. The following Maui schools closed Tuesday:

West Maui

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

Upcountry Maui

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

Central/North Maui

  • Pomaikai Elementary
  • Paia Elementary
  • Wailuku Elementary

You can report a Maui outage on HECO's Trouble Line by calling (808) 871-7777.

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