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Tripped generator knocks out power

About 7,200 customers in parts of Kahului, South Maui, Lahaina, Kula and Kuau experienced a power outage around 11:45 a.m. Thursday when a generator tripped at the Maalaea Generating Station, according to Hawaiian Electric.

The incident triggered a load shed, which automatically interrupts electrical service to multiple circuits to protect the island’s electrical system from widespread damage, the company said.

Power was restored to all customers by 12:20 p.m.

The cause of the generator tripping is being assessed, according to the company.

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