Molokai experienced an island-wide power outage today affecting approximately 3,200 Maui Electric Company customers.
Power went out at 9:40 a.m. MECO set to work to identify the cause and restore electrical service as quickly and safely as possible, according to Kaui Awai-Dickson, MECO spokesperson.
Parts of Kaunakakai were brought back on-line at 11:38 a.m. and Hoolehua, including Molokai Airport, was restored to power at 11:43 a.m. Customers on Molokai’s West End were restored shortly thereafter at 11:51 a.m. and the Kualapu’u area was brought back on-line at 12:03 p.m. Remaining customers in Kaunakakai were restored at 12:18 p.m.
Customers on Molokai’s East End were the last to have their power restored. Maui Electric crews worked hard to bring these customers back on-line as quickly and safely as possible. As of 12:37 p.m. power had been restored for the entire island.
MECO apologizes for any inconvenience this situation may have caused and thanks customers for their patience and understanding.
Details regarding the cause of the outage are still being investigated. An update will be provided as soon as more information becomes available.