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Power Restored to Various Parts of Maui Following ‘Load Shed’ Event

About 9,182 customers in various parts of Maui,  including areas of Lahaina, Upcountry Maui, Haiku, Paia, parts of Kahului, Wailea, and East Maui, experienced a power outage around 8:40 a.m. on Friday.

Maui Electric reports that the outages occurred after an incident on the electrical system triggered an automatic “load shed” or safety mechanism that starts to drop circuits in various areas on the island to prevent damage to the system and possibly a larger outage.

A majority of customers were restored by 9:38 a.m. with about 465 remaining customers in Kahului brought back online by 12:12 p.m.

Crews are currently assessing what occurred on the system to trigger the load shed.

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