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Utility Poles Down on Aliʻi Drive Causes Power Outage

By Tiffany DeMasters
January 21, 2022, 8:24 AM HST
* Updated January 21, 9:08 AM
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Aliʻi Drive, fronting the Royal Kona Resort is closed to traffic due to utility poles that fell on the roadway.

At approximately 7:10 a.m., Hawaiian Electric reported 2,939 customers were without power from the top of Kaiwi Street down to Lunapule Road. Hawaiian Electric reports three poles down in the area. Crews are working on repairs. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

As of 9 a.m., Hawaiian Electric reports 200 customers without power between Hualalai and Lunapule Roads. Crews are working to safely restore power.

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William Gest, a guest at the Kona Beach Hostel, told Big Island Now this morning he was in his room when he heard a crack and then a crash, followed by a power discharge. He described the noise as loud “it shook everything.”

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“There were two cars that got caught in the wires and nobody appeared to be hurt,” Gest said. “They were stuck in there because there were live wires sparking all around them for a little while.”

Eventually, Gest said firefighters arrived on scene and “shooed all the gawking tourists.” Motorists trapped in their cars eventually were able to get out after the power was shut off.

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Tiffany DeMasters
Tiffany DeMasters is a reporter for Big Island Now. Tiffany worked as the cops and courts reporter for West Hawaii Today from 2017 to 2019. She also contributed stories to Ke Ola Magazine and Honolulu Civil Beat.
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