The Hawaiian Electric (HECO) - Hawaii Island announces a planned power outage for the North Kohala region scheduled for the evening of Thursday, July 29th, 2021.
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hōlualoa) Team
Hawaiian Electric announces a scheduled power outage that will affect customers in North Kohala from 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, to 6 a.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021. The affected communities are Hāwī, Kapa'au, and Halaula, as well as customers along Kohala Mountain Road between mile markers 6 and 9.
There also will be partial road closures on Kohala Mountain Road between mile markers 6 and 10 and on Akoni Pule Highway between mile markers 22 and 25. Motorists are advised to drive with caution in these areas.
This temporary outage is necessary to allow Hawaiian Electric personnel to safely perform maintenance and upgrade infrastructure and equipment for system reliability and resilience. The work is being performed overnight to minimize disruption to customers.
Customers are advised to unplug sensitive equipment prior to the outage and to keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Those who depend on medication or life support equipment should make arrangements for a backup power supply or transportation to a facility outside the affected area.
The County of Hawaii Department of Water Supply (DWS) recommends that residents store enough water for their use for the night. DWS will set up a temporary spigot on a fire hydrant near the Kaauhuhu Transfer Station for the community’s use during the power outage.
Hawaiian Electric thanks customers for their patience and understanding. If there are any questions or concerns, please call (808) 969-6666.