Power has been restored to all of Maui as of 2 p.m. today, according to Hawaiian Electric Co. When it began at 2:45 a.m., the power outage affected approximately 65,000 customers in various parts of the island.
HECO crews restored power to most affected customers by 10:45 a.m. today. A high-voltage short circuit occurred at a power substation in Maalaea, and that triggered power generating units to trip offline, according to HECO.
HECO said: “This is a highly unusual event -- the last outage to affect a large number of Maui residents occurred after a lightning storm in 2017 -- and the company is looking into the cause of the short circuit. Mahalo to our customers and communities for their patience as crews worked as quickly as possible to restore power.”
All Maui public schools are scheduled to reopen tomorrow, Aug. 24, the Department of Education reported.
The Department of Public Works’ Highways Division reports that 35 Maui County traffic signals were impacted by a power outage.
Most traffic signals returned to service quickly, but about a half dozen needed work by Highways Division personnel to return them to full service.
One signal in Kahului at the intersection of Lono and Wakea avenues remains in flashing mode and is expected to continue in that mode until it can be repaired tomorrow, Aug. 24.
Motorists are asked to make their way through the Lono-Wakea intersection and treat it temporarily as a four-way stop.
If HECO customers continue experiencing an outage, they are asked to reset their home breaker or contact the Hawaiian Electric Maui County Trouble Line at (808) 871-7777.