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Hawaii Island Information Update for July 28th, 2020

Numerous parts of Hawaii Island suffer a brief power outage Tuesday morning (July 28th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa and Kamuela) Team


The Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) - Hawaii Island along with the Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) and Hawaii Police Department (HPD) received numerous reports across Hawaii Island for a report of an islandwide power outage that affected numerous residents and businesses Tuesday morning.

The outage had occurred at 10:37 am Tuesday morning and HPD Dispatch begin receiving numerous reports from residents around Hawaii Island for a report of traffic signals out at numerous intersections. HECO also received numerous trouble-calls from residents around Hawaii Island and say technicians and troubleshooters were working to trace the source of the outage and restore power.

HECO officials were unable at the time to give an estimated amount of customers affected by the outage, however, HIRSC Team received reports from residents from Kaumana, Kea'au, parts of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Pepeekeo, Kamuela, Kawaihae, Kailua-Kona, Volcano, Ocean View, and Discovery Harbor.

The power outage also led to the brief broadcast outage to West Hawaii Scanner Feed and Broadcastify Calls Platform for Moanuiahea.

At around 10:47 am Tuesday morning, HECO reported power was restored to a majority of customers on Hawaii Island, however, noted that some residents in Ka'u were still without power and troubleshooters were working to trace the outage. Officials did not immediately disclose the source of today's islandwide outage, as that was under investigation.

At 11:55 am Tuesday morning, HFD crews from the Pahala Fire Station along with HPD officers from the Ka'u Patrol responded to a call for a report of a live power line down in the area of the 59.5-mile marker in Ka'u.

Upon further investigation by HFD and HPD crews, they confirmed a live transmission power line was down along the shoulder of Highway 11 at the 59.5-mile marker in Ka'u. As a precaution, HFD and HPD crews temporarily shut down Highway 11 in both directions until HECO crews arrived and de-energized the power lines.

Highway 11 was reopened shortly after 11:46 am Tuesday morning and HECO crews were beginning repairs at the scene. No injuries were reported.

Some residents in the Na'alehu, Discovery Habor, and Waiohinu areas were still without power, and the outage was related to the down transmission line near Kawa Flats. HECO did not give an ETA on when power would be restored.

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