Maui News

BRIEF: Bird Blamed for Power Outage to 1,300 in Kahului

February 22, 2014, 11:19 AM HST
* Updated February 22, 11:22 AM
Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio... Article will play after ad...
Playing in :00

Kahului power outage. Police direct traffic while MECO crews repair lines that were downed early Friday morning, 6/7/13. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Kahului power outage. File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A bird is to blame for a power outage that affected an estimated 1,300 customers in Kahului on Saturday morning, Feb. 22, 2014.

Maui Electric Company spokesperson Kauʻi Awai-Dickson tells Maui Now that affected customers lost power at around 7:30 a.m. when a bird came into contact with a lightning arrester.

Power was restored shortly after 8 a.m., once equipment was cleared by Maui Electric crews.

Company representatives apologized for any inconvenience the situation may have caused and thanked customers for their patience and understanding.

E-Mail Newsletters Receive daily or weekly updates via e-mail. Subscribe Now
News Alerts Breaking news alerts on your mobile device. Get the App


This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Maui Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments