18,000 lose power for an hour

An outage that knocked out power to 18,000 customers in pockets across the island for about an hour Tuesday was caused by a generator that tripped, Hawaiian Electric said.

At around 12:10 p.m., an outage affected parts of Central Maui, Wailea, Mahinahina, Upcountry and Haiku to Keanae, said Hawaiian Electric spokeswoman Shayna Decker.

Customers were brought back online in phases with all power restored at around 1 p.m., she said.

The outage occurred after a generator tripped and caused a load shed — when the system automatically drops power on various circuits to protect the system from damage. The cause of the generator trip is currently being assessed, Decker said.


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