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A large tree brought down electrical lines and damaged a pole on a ridge in Keanae cutting power to about 100 customers in Keanae and Nahiku. The remote area is only accessible by helicopter and Maui Electric crews are currently on the scene. However, due to the extent of the damage and location of the lines and pole, affected customers are asked to be prepared to be without power until tomorrow afternoon. Photo: MECO

Downed tree causes power outage in Keanae and Nahiku

At 2:49 a.m. this morning, 895 customers from Huelo to Hana lost power when a tree on a ridge above Keanae brought down two spans of power lines and damaged a pole. The Keanae circuit reclosed instantaneously restoring power to 325 of the affected customers and Hana generating units were brought online at 2:55 a.m. to restore power to remaining customers in Hana.

At 6:51 a.m., Maui Electric de-energized portions of Keanae and Nahiku, approximately 100 customers, in order to gain access and begin repairs to the downed line and pole. Access is extremely difficult and dangerous in this area as the line came down on a ridge and workers, materials and equipment must be flown by helicopter to the scene. Maui Electric and Asplundh crews are currently on site working to clear a larger landing pad for the helicopter transport of materials and equipment.

Due to the extent of work to be done, Maui Electric asks that customers in Keanae and Nahiku be prepared to be without power until tomorrow afternoon. Work will continue throughout the rest of the day and resume tomorrow morning at first light. Maui Electric appreciates and thanks those affected for their patience and understanding. An update will be provided as soon as more information becomes available.

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