Our Response to the Windstorm

Hawaiian Electric has suspended service disconnections for customers on Maui through August 31, 2024 due to the impact of the devastating wildfires. Late fees and interest charges will not be incurred during this time for these customers.


Hawaiian Electric continues urgent restoration work in Lahaina

Oct. 19, 2023

Restoration work in Lahaina

In continued partnership with federal, state and county agencies, and with the clearance to re-enter parts of Lahaina, Hawaiian Electric is continuing urgent restoration work to restore power to all remaining customers in the Lahaina area and rebuild portions of the damaged electric system to ensure safe and reliable power to West Maui customers spanning from Olowalu to Kapalua.

As of Aug. 25, Hawaiian Electric crews had completed repairs to bring over 95% of those Maui customers who were affected by outages in West Maui and Upcountry back online. In September, Maui emergency management officials requested for Hawaiian Electric to begin rebuilding electrical infrastructure to serve critical customers in and around Lahaina. This work enabled power to be restored to wastewater pumps, traffic signals and telecommunication services. Currently, crews are continuing repairs to restore an approximate 300 remaining customers in Lahaina, including the Wahikuli area. In the last two weeks, with more areas being cleared for re-entry by emergency response officials, crews restored power to about 350 customers in the Kahoma Village, parts of Puamana and Upper Kapunakea area.

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Moratorium on disconnections of electric service for nonpayment for all Maui customers extended through Nov. 6

Oct. 16, 2023

Our Hearts are with Maui

Hawaiian Electric has extended the suspension of service disconnections for all Maui customers through at least Nov. 6. Maui customers who are financially challenged by the devastating wildfires will not have to worry about their electric service.

The Public Utilities Commission recently ordered the extension of the disconnection moratorium which was previously set to end Oct. 17. Any threat of immediate disconnection unless payment is made during this time should be treated as a scam. Depending on future circumstances, this special assistance period may be extended.

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Host Housing Support Program

Oct. 4, 2023

The County of Maui, American Red Cross, Hawaii Community Foundation and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement have announced a newly-launched Host Housing Support Program to offer financial support to households providing shelter for individuals and families displaced by the Maui wildfires.

The Host Housing Support Program will provide monthly stipends of up to $1,500 to eligible households who are providing shelter to individuals and families displaced by the Maui wildfires.

The program provides eligible households $375 for each displaced individual housed. The money goes directly to the host family and is capped at $1,500 per host household.

Learn more at HawaiianCouncil.org/HostFamily.

Host Housing Support Program

Shift and Save pilot program postponed, revised

Sept. 26, 2023

Time of Use rates clock

Hawaiian Electric has postponed the start of the new Shift and Save pilot program for approximately 17,000 residential and business customers who were selected at random to test time-of-use (TOU) rates on Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui, by order of the Public Utilities Commission. Hawaiian Electric will notify these selected customers about this postponement by email or postal mail.

For Oahu and Hawaii Island customers who were previously identified for the study, the TOU rates and study will begin on Feb. 1, 2024, instead of Oct. 1, 2023. The PUC also temporarily suspended the commencement of the program on Maui. However, eligible Maui customers may voluntarily enroll in the TOU rates at their own discretion.

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Meals for Maui

Sept. 22, 2023

Maui Huliau Foundation has pivoted its plans for its annual Food & Film Festival and will instead be hosting a youth-centered meal service volunteer day to support the Maui community in this time of need. In collaboration with volunteer chefs, youth will work alongside them to prepare, package, and deliver lunch service to various community hubs in need of a hot meal. If you and your ohana are in need of a hot meal, please visit one of the sites listed on the flyer this Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Meals will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Hawaiian Electric begins restoration work in Lahaina at request of Maui Emergency Operations Center

Sept. 21, 2023

Lahaina Restoration

In continued partnership with federal, state and county agencies, and with the clearance to re-enter parts of Lahaina, Maui emergency management officials have asked Hawaiian Electric to start replacing poles and other electrical equipment that were damaged by the windstorms and wildfires in and around Lahaina. This work will restore power to wastewater pumps and telecommunication services and improve electrical service reliability to surrounding residents and neighborhoods.

The work involves the installation of temporary poles, transformers, power lines and other equipment in and around the Lahaina area to provide safe and reliable power while long-term, community-driven plans are developed for future energy needs. This temporary infrastructure would not preclude the possibility of underground utilities in the future.

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Maui Strong by Paliku Documentary Films

Sept. 12, 2023

Paliku Documentary Films captured the aloha, resilience, and hope for the Maui community and its people. This video aims to portray Maui’s strength and love as the community works on rebuilding Lahaina.


An update from President and CEO Shelee Kimura

Sept. 8, 2023

Crews working

Aloha mai kakou

A month after the devastating windstorms and wildfires on Maui, we continue work to restore and rebuild, holding tightly to each other and to the memories of the people and places that have been lost. We have witnessed grace and generosity and compassion without limit, and we have seen immeasurable grit and endurance and strength at work on the ground in Lahaina.

There is still so much to be done, but I want to take a moment to mahalo our Hawaiian Electric ohana from Maui, Oahu, Hawaii Island, Molokai, Lanai and many of our partners in the community for coming together in force. Together, they restored 80% of homes and businesses on Maui in the first week. Today we are at 95%, and we have been going door-to-door in some areas to ensure power can be safely reconnected.

For generations, Hawaiian Electric employees have answered the call to serve their communities. This tragedy has demanded more of them than any event in memory. I have been humbled by their collective commitment, by the support they give to each other and by their endurance to get the job done. Thank you to the many people in our communities who have offered meals, water, notes and just a mahalo or shaka to our employees – it means so much to them and to all of us.

Read the full letter from Shelee Kimura.


Maui Recovers website launches

Sept. 7, 2023

Maui County Emergency Management Agency has launched MauiRecovers.org, a one-stop online hub for resources and updates related to the Lahaina incident. The website includes re-entry data, weekly updates, guidance on essential safety measures, water and wastewater updates, interactive maps, and more. Visit mauirecovers.org for more information.

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Hawaiian Electric suspends disconnections for all Maui customers through Oct. 17

Sept. 5, 2023

#MauiStrong

Hawaiian Electric has suspended service disconnections so all Maui customers who are financially challenged by the devastating wildfires will not have to worry about their electric service.

Service disconnections of both Maui residential and commercial customers will be suspended through at least Oct. 17 by order of the Public Utilities Commission. Any threat of immediate disconnection unless payment is made during this time should be treated as a scam. Depending on future circumstances, this special assistance period may be extended.

Even with the moratorium on disconnections, customers facing financial hardship are urged to call Hawaiian Electric at (808) 871-9777 so payment options and schedules can be arranged to help keep payments manageable. While customers will still be responsible for paying their electric bills, Hawaiian Electric will work with Maui customers to find the best options to suit their individual needs.

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Hawaiian Electric President and CEO Shelee Kimura's message to employees on Labor Day

Sept. 4, 2023

On this Labor Day holiday, Hawaiian Electric President and CEO Shelee Kimura wanted to share her reflections to employees on the weeks past and her thoughts looking forward.


Power restored for some businesses in West Maui

Sept. 3, 2023

Crews working

Hawaiian Electric crews are continuing to safely restore electricity to businesses in West Maui that have completed checking their equipment and received approval from the county emergency operations center for reenergization.

Temporary poles, some of which were shipped from Hawaii Island and Oahu, with more expected in the coming weeks, have been installed in Lahaina in order to allow customers who can safely receive electricity to get access to power. As the Maui community discusses what the future of its energy delivery system will look like, overhead poles are being used as an interim solution in order for customers in Lahaina to safely receive electricity.

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2:30 p.m. update

Aug. 31, 2023

Join communities across Hawaii tomorrow, Sept. 1, 2023, for a one-day statewide vigil in support of Maui. This day is centered on emotional and spiritual healing that is rooted in Native Hawaiian practices with leaders from diverse faiths.

Ceremonies will be held at:

  • Sunrise: 6 to 7:30 a.m.
  • Mid-day: 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunset: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

These sacred ceremonies will not be open to the public and can only be viewed virtually. The day-long vigil can be watched here: youtube.com/OLELOCM.

Learn more about the vigil at hawaiisoul.org/maui.

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Hawaiian Electric working with state and county agencies to minimize risk, support public safety

Aug. 31, 2023

Crews working

Hawaiian Electric is working closely with state and county agencies to minimize wildfire risk and support public safety on all the islands it serves. The company has been taking proactive steps to safely keep the lights on during the current Red Flag Warning for leeward areas of all islands.

As Hawaiian Electric continues to collaborate with the Hawaii Department of Defense and state and county emergency management officials, the company has stationed active monitors who are physically surveying electrical infrastructure in more than 30 areas identified as high wildfire risk in Maui County, on Hawaii Island and Oahu to help to ensure safe and reliable service.

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U.S. Department of Energy awards $95 million to harden electric grids on Maui and other islands in wake of wildfires

Aug. 30, 2023

U.S. Department of Energy awards $95 million to harden electric grids.

The U.S. Department of Energy has approved $95 million in federal funds in the wake of the Maui windstorms and wildfires to harden the energy grids on the five islands served by Hawaiian Electric and enable them to better withstand severe weather-related events fueled by climate change.

President Biden, who toured fire-ravaged West Maui last week, announced Wednesday that his administration would make the federal funding available under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The federal funding would pay for half of Hawaiian Electric’s proposed $190 million Climate Adaptation Transmission and Distribution Resilience Program, which was submitted to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for approval in June 2022 (Docket 2022-0135). The federal matching funds would reduce the cost of the program to customers by 50%.

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Joint statement of Major General Kenneth S. Hara, Maui County Mayor Richard T. Bissen Jr., Hawaiian Electric President and CEO Shelee M.T. Kimura

Aug. 29, 2023

Three weeks after the devastation of Lahaina, we are still working to recover and to strengthen our defenses against future weather-driven emergencies, including windstorms and wildfires. The safety of Maui residents, businesses and visitors is the top priority of our government agencies and our dedicated state and county teams, supported by many partners in our community, including Hawaiian Electric.

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Lahaina Comprehensive Health Center

Aug. 26, 2023

The Lahaina Comprehensive Health Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in August and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in September to provide first aid, pharmacy, mental health, eye care and insurance support.

Current providers include Malama I Ke Ola Health Center, Hui No Ke Ola Pono, Mauliola Pharmacy, a DOH Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, Hawaii Independent Physicians Association and Maui Optix.

Call (833) 833-3431 or (808) 586-4468 or visit health.hawaii.gov/mauiwildfires for more information.

Photo Credit: Hawaii State Department of Health

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Lahaina Comprehensive Health Center providers
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8 a.m. update

Aug. 26, 2023

We've made significant progress restoring power to customers and crews continue with tree trimming and repairs today. More than 400 Hawaiian Electric employees and contractors from Hawaii Island, Lanai, Molokai and Oahu are on Maui to help with restoration work.

Crews working to restore power in a bucket truck

FRIDAY UPDATE 4 P.M.: Power restored to majority of customers in West Maui

Aug. 25, 2023

Aerial line inspection

Hawaiian Electric crews made significant progress in the past 24 hours, restoring power to nearly all customers in the West Maui area today and working to bring electricity back to a remaining pocket in the Upcountry area.

Crews safely completed repairs to restore a majority of customers in the Launiupoko to Olowalu area and are completing final steps to restore power to 50 customers in the Upcountry area.

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

Aug. 25, 2023

FEMA opened a Disaster Recovery Center today, Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, in Upcountry Maui so residents can learn about local, state and federal assistance programs.

Affected residents are not required to visit the Disaster Recovery Center to register for FEMA assistance, but the center is available for those who would like to speak to a FEMA specialist in person.

Specialists from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which provides low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes, will also be at the center.

The Upcountry Maui Disaster Recovery Center is located at:

Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center (Lower Multi-Purpose Room) 91 Pukalani St., Makawao, HI 96768

Regular hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Disaster Recovery Center specialists can answer questions about assistance programs as well as clarify next steps and give helpful information.

Other ways to register for FEMA assistance include DisasterAssistance.gov, the FEMA mobile app, or the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362

Photo credit: KITV4

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FEMA scam alert

Aug. 25, 2023

After a disaster, scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals often attempt to take advantage of disaster survivors. We encourage survivors to watch for and report any suspicious activity like the one shown in this image.

Protect your identity and stay informed by doing these easy things:

  • DHS, FEMA, SBA and other federal agencies will never charge you for disaster assistance.
  • Always ask to see I.D. FEMA personnel will always have an official identification badge.
  • Do not offer any personal information unless you are speaking with a verified FEMA representative.
  • Stay tuned to trusted local media for updates from your local officials on disaster fraud and scams.
  • Check with local law enforcement to ensure your identity is protected.

To report fraud or scams, contact FEMA Investigations and Inspections Division by phone at 866-223-0814 or by email at StopFEMAFraud@fema.dhs.gov

FEMA scam alert

8 a.m. update

Aug. 25, 2023

Our crews have made good progress with restoration efforts on Maui, bringing power back to customers in the Launiupoko area and continuing work to restore those in the Olowalu area. Aerial transmission line inspections continue today in West Maui, South Maui and Upcountry, weather permitting.

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THURSDAY UPDATE 4 P.M.: Lahaina area mobile substation energized to restore majority of West Maui by this weekend

Aug. 24, 2023

Aerial line inspection

By the end of this week, Hawaiian Electric estimates that over 95% of Maui customers who lost electricity will have their power back on as crews work to restore the majority of customers in the West Maui and Upcountry areas.

In West Maui, distribution lines to connect customers to a second mobile substation set up in the Lahaina area have been completed and energized. While energized, the crews are taking final steps in the restoration process before power is expected to be restored by this weekend.

In Upcountry, crews are also making progress with clearing fallen trees, managing vegetation, and replacing downed poles. A remaining outage pocket of about 50 customers in the Upcountry area is expected to be restored this weekend.

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1:30 p.m. update

Aug. 24, 2023

Maui Bus will implement a new West Maui Express Route #29 starting today, Aug. 24, 2023. The new route combines the Lahaina Islander Route #20 and the West Maui Islander Route #28 together with modifications. There will be hourly service departures from both Kapalua through Kaanapali to Queen Kaahumanu Center and from Queen Kaahumanu Center through Kaanapali to Kapalua starting at 5:30 a.m. The service will run daily and is subject to change. For the exact route schedule, please visit mauicounty.gov/bus or use the free Maui Bus app.

The following Maui Bus routes are currently suspended until further notice:

  • Lahaina Islander #20
  • Lahaina Villager #23
  • Kaanapali Islander #25
  • West Maui Islander #28

The Maui County Department of Transportation also announced that all Maui Bus fares for the Maui Bus Fixed Route, ADA Paratransit, and Commuter Service have been suspended due to the ongoing emergency. All services will continue to remain free of charge until further notice.

BUs schedule

Helicopter to be used for transmission line inspections on Maui

Aug. 24, 2023

Aerial line inspection

Hawaiian Electric will be conducting aerial line inspections today from noon to 5 p.m. and tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to survey transmission lines in West Maui, South Maui and Upcountry areas, weather permitting.

These inspections, conducted via helicopter, will help provide updated views of the island’s transmission lines and other electrical infrastructure in the above-named areas. In some areas, the aircraft may be required to fly low and slow which may cause temporary noise disturbances.


10:30 a.m. update

Aug. 24, 2023

In West Maui, aerial inspections are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 25, to survey transmission lines from Olowalu to Napili.

Aerial inspections

8:00 a.m. update

Aug. 24, 2023

In West Maui, crews are working to energize new distribution lines from a second mobile substation installed in the Lahaina area. When the complex work is completed, crews will safely restore power to approximately 500 customers in the Launiupoko to Olowalu area. Customers currently without power are being directly notified on the steps being taken to restore power safely and reliably to their properties.

Crews restoring power

WEDNESDAY UPDATE 5 P.M.: Power in Launiupoko to Olowalu, Upcountry area expected to be restored by weekend

Aug. 23, 2023

Hawaiian Electric is aiming to restore power to a majority of customers in the Launiupoko to Olowalu area and Upcountry area by the weekend as crews safely rebuild sections of Maui’s electric grid.

In West Maui, crews are working to energize new distribution lines from a second mobile substation installed in the Lahaina area. When the complex work is completed, crews will safely restore power to approximately 500 customers in the Launiupoko to Olowalu area.

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Federal Resource Fair to be on August 26

Aug. 23, 2023

The offices of U.S. Representative Jill Tokuda and U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono will hold a federal resource fair this Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, at the Lahaina Civic Center Gymnasium from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tokuda, Hirono and their staff will be on-site with a collection of federal, state and county agencies to help residents who’ve lost personal documents or need assistance with housing, health care or other services. Staff will also provide ongoing direct support for everyone to ensure that their individual issues are fully resolved in an expedited manner.

Participating agencies include:

  • The State Department: Passport Replacement
  • FEMA: Disaster Aid
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development: Housing Assistance
  • The Social Security Administration: Federal Documents Replacement
  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services: Immigration Support
  • U.S. Postal Service (USPS): Mail Services
  • Veterans Affairs Pacific Island Health Care System: Health Care Support
  • Small Business Administration: Small Business Support
  • Hawaii Disability Rights Center: Legal and Advocacy Services
  • Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: Bank Programs & Insurance Information
  • Department of Human Services: Medicaid and SNAP
  • Department of Health: Adult Mental Health Services & State Documents Replacement (birth certificate, marriage license)
  • Department of Health: State Documents Replacement
  • Maui Economic Opportunity: Housing Assistance
  • The County of Maui
  • Maui Red Cross
  • Maui United Way

A shuttle service will provide transportation to the resource fair for residents staying at the following Red Cross shelter hotels: Honua Kai, Royal Lahaina, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Westin Maui (Kaanapali) and the Hyatt Hotel (Kaanapali). The shuttle will begin circulation at 10 a.m.

It’s important to note that this is not a town hall, but an event specifically designed for those impacted. Staff asks the public to honor this so they can serve those who are in the most need immediately following the crisis.

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Photo Credit: U.S. Representative Jill Tokuda


1 p.m. update

Aug. 23, 2023

Crews continue work today on connecting a second mobile substation in the Lahaina area in order to restore a majority of West Maui customers by this weekend. In Upcountry, crews are working to address pocket outages. Hawaiian Electric continues to coordinate with federal, state and county response teams on restoration efforts.

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County of Maui-facilitated distribution site updates

Aug. 23, 2023

County of Maui-facilitated distribution sites will be transitioning locations, times, days and focus. The sites offer food, water and supplies to people impacted by Maui wildfires.

Moving ahead, sites will focus on food and water. The schedule for the remainder of this week is:

WEST MAUI

  • Napili Plaza closed as of today, Aug. 22.
  • Lahaina Gateway, 325 Keawe St., Lahaina: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

CENTRAL MAUI

  • Queen Kaahumanu Center donation drop-off site, parking lot fronting Kaahumanu Avenue and Kane Street: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. Non-perishable food, water and paper supplies sought; no clothing donations, please. While pick-ups have been available, the focus will move to drop-offs.

FEED MY SHEEP MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITES

  • Kahului: 150 South Puunene Ave., 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday
  • Wailuku: Parking lot next to Living Way Church at the corner of Market and Mokuhau streets in Happy Valley, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday
  • Lahaina: The Lahaina distribution site for Feed My Sheep is pending, while the Lahaina Gateway food distribution site is open during distribution site hours and days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
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Maui County Advisory 8/23/2023

Photo Credit: County of Maui


7 a.m. update

Aug. 23, 2023

8/23 Power Restoration Update

Crews continue power restoration work in West Maui and Upcountry. We’ll be conducting aerial inspections in West Maui from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. to survey transmission lines from Olowalu to Napili.


TUESDAY UPDATE 5:00 P.M.: Crews energize second mobile substation in Lahaina

Aug. 22, 2023

Repairs completed on electrical circuits in parts of Lahaina

Hawaiian Electric energized a second mobile substation in the Lahaina area today as crews work to restore a majority of West Maui customers by this weekend and continue to safely rebuild sections of Maui’s electric grid.

Connecting a mobile substation to the grid is a complex process that takes time to safely connect customers. Substations step down power from high-voltage transmission lines to lower-voltage distribution lines that serve neighborhoods. Crews are working to build new distribution lines from the mobile substation to complete restoration to customers in the Launiupoko to Olowalu area.

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IBEW Local 1260 Business Manager Leroy Chincio thanks Hawaiian Electric employees

Aug. 20, 2023

IBEW 1260 Business Manager Leroy Chincio thanks our employees for the way they’ve risen to the challenges on Maui in this video from the Kahului baseyard.

“Thank you so much for everything you do. You guys have been amazing,” Leroy said. “People are noticing that you are such an integral part of the community and part of the restoration.”


1:30 p.m. update

Aug. 22, 2023

The tragic events on Maui have increased the need for blood and depleted the Blood Bank of Hawaii’s supply at medical centers. Please consider joining our employees who are donating blood or plasma to treat the injured patients from Maui, as well as others in desperate need. Donating blood is easy and only takes one hour of your time. Plus, a one-hour blood donation has the possibility to save up to three lives. To make an appointment, please visit bbh.org or call Blood Bank of Hawaii at (808) 848-4770.

Blood Bank of Hawaii

10 a.m. update

Aug. 22, 2023

In light of ongoing events on Maui, the Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament in Kaanapali scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, has been canceled. Mahalo to all those who volunteered, donated and supported the event. Participants, donors and sponsors are in the process of being notified. The purpose of these events is to raise funds for those in need in our community. We hope you will consider contributing event fees and monetary donations to Aloha United Way’s Maui Relief Fund or Maui United Way’s Fire Disaster Relief: mauiunitedway.org/disasterrelief.

Keiki Tilapia Tournament

8 a.m. update

Aug. 22, 2023

Installation of the second mobile substation in the Lahaina area has also been completed, and crews will be working to build new distribution lines from that mobile substation to complete restoration to customers in the Launiupoko to Olowalu area. In Upcountry, crews are working to restore remaining pockets of customers and additional supplies for repair work are expected to arrive this week.

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MONDAY UPDATE 5:00 P.M.: Repairs completed on electrical circuits in parts of Lahaina

Aug. 21, 2023

Repairs completed on electrical circuits in parts of Lahaina

Power has been restored to one of West Maui county’s wastewater pumping stations as Hawaiian Electric continues to safely rebuild sections of Maui’s electric grid. Installation of the second mobile substation in the Lahaina area has also been completed, and crews are now working to build new distribution lines from that mobile substation to complete restoration to customers in the Launiupoko to Olowalu area.

More than 80% of the customers who lost electricity have their power back on. More than 90% of all customers on Maui have electricity. Approximately 1,800 customers in Olowalu, Lahaina and some surrounding areas remain without power.

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President Biden meeting with survivors

Aug. 21, 2023

At Lahaina Civic Center, President Biden shared his thoughts to the Maui community. Here are some excerpts from his speech:

“My heart aches for you. Faith sees best in the dark. The entire country is here for you. I want you to know, whatever it takes, as long as it takes, we’re going to get it done for you and get it done the way you want it done. This community is based on faith and one another. It’s time to rebuild, to rebuild this community the way you want it. I promise you. As long as I am president, we are not going to stop until it’s done. We’re not going to only build back but we’re going to build back better. The truth of the matter is that the rest of the world is looking at you.”

“The people of Maui have turned their pain into purpose,” he said.

Watch Hawaii News Now’s recorded live broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llizDDpjSSY 

Watch The White House’s recorded live broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TWp4cs0qLI

President Biden on Maui
President Biden on Maui
President Biden on Maui

President Biden on Maui

Aug. 21, 2023

“My heart, my prayers, and my focus are on the victims of the Maui wildfires and their families,” President Biden said in a statement ahead of the visit. “I know how profoundly loss can impact a family and a community and I know nothing can replace the loss of life. I will do everything in my power to help Maui recover and rebuild from this tragedy.”

“We will be here as long as it takes for Maui,” he added.

Watch Hawaii News Now live broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llizDDpjSSY

Watch The White House live broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TWp4cs0qLI

President Biden on Maui
President Biden on Maui
President Biden on Maui

Maui United Way

Aug. 21, 2023

Restoration continues

Maui United Way is offering $1,000 in emergency financial assistance per adult in several ways, including pre-paid Visa cards, PayPal, Venmo or direct deposit to personal bank accounts. Each adult who meets the criteria needs to complete a simple form at mauiunitedway.org/individualrelief. People who need help completing the financial assistance form, including translation services, should dial 211.

For information or to apply, visit: mauiunitedway.org/individualrelief.

Photo Credit: Maui United Way


12:30 p.m. update

Aug. 21, 2023

More than 400 Hawaiian Electric employees and contractors from Hawaii Island, Lanai, Molokai and Oahu are on Maui to help restore remaining outages and rebuild infrastructure.

Hawaiian Electric employees and contractors
Hawaiian Electric employees and contractors
Hawaiian Electric employees and contractors

10:30 a.m. update

Aug. 21, 2023

We will be working closely with our state and county emergency management partners to develop the action plan for the approaching storm systems.

Photo Credit: US National Weather Service Honolulu & Central Pacific Hurricane Center

Approaching Storm Systems

8 a.m. update

Aug. 21, 2023

We have reached out to industry partners nationwide for essential materials needed for restoration work on Maui. Aid received from Mutual Assistance will help replenish critical supplies. Additionally, we have requested expedited delivery of materials from vendors and expect more supply shipments in the coming week.

Aid received from Mutual Assistance

SUNDAY UPDATE 5:30 P.M.: Hawaiian Electric crews make progress with transmission line repair, pole replacements

Aug. 20, 2023

Crews Working on transmission line

The transmission line connecting Kaheawa Wind Power I to Lahaina has been restored in Hawaiian Electric’s continuing efforts to safely rebuild sections of the grid on Maui.

More than 80% of the customers who lost electricity have their power back on. More than 90% of all customers on Maui have electricity. Approximately 1,800 customers in Olowalu, Lahaina and some surrounding areas remain without power.

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Message to employees from Hawaiian Electric President and CEO Shelee Kimura

Aug. 20, 2023

Shelee Kimura, our president and CEO, shared in this video to our employees the mixed emotions she feels as she reflects on the last two weeks – from the horrible grief of lost lives and lost memories to pride in all that our employees have accomplished on Maui by working together.

“I feel a lot of gratitude for the communities that have rallied around Maui, the communities that have rallied around us,” Shelee said.

“Maui is our ohana and we’re going to be there to support them for however long it takes to build them back and make sure that people in Maui thrive again.”


Kaiser Permanente offers first aid in Lahaina

Aug. 20, 2023

Kaiser Permanente Response

Photo credit: Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii offers first aid at Lahaina Gateway Center, Hyatt Regency Lahaina, and Napili Plaza. Pediatric and OB/GYN services are also available at their mobile health vehicle at Lahaina Gateway Center.

For operating hours, visit kaiserpermanente.org


Maui Relief Storage Facility in Hakuone

Aug. 20, 2023

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement opened a Maui Relief Storage Facility in Hakuone at Kakaako Makai on Oahu. This new donation management center receives, sorts and stores donations collected for Maui residents in need.

Read more at mauinow.com

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8 a.m. update

Aug. 20, 2023

Crews are continuing work on installation of a second mobile substation today that will serve the Launiupoko to Olowalu area. This mobile substation takes time to install to ensure safe and reliable connection to the island's electric system.

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Mobile substation side view
Mobile substation back view

SATURDAY UPDATE 5 P.M.: Crews working to restore circuit serving essential services in Lahaina

Aug. 19, 2023

Crews working to restore circuit serving essential services in Lahaina

In coordination with state and county response efforts on Maui, Hawaiian Electric crews are working to restore a critical circuit in West Maui that serves essential services, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, along with a county wastewater pumping facility in the Lahaina area.

Once that circuit is restored, coordination between county response teams and individual businesses and properties will determine next steps toward respective reopening at these commercial facilities.

In West Maui, crews are also working to restore a second critical circuit in Lahaina that serves additional businesses that provide essential services in the upcoming week. Installation of a second mobile substation that will serve the Launiupoko to Olowalu area is continuing. This mobile substation takes time to install to ensure safe and reliable connection to the island's electric system.

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Mobile Waste and Hygiene Facilities

Aug. 19, 2023

The County of Maui Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is offering mobile waste and hygiene facilities to community-led resiliency hubs. Hub organizers can contact DEM at 808-270-7880 or via email (recycle.maui@mauicounty.gov) to request a rubbish dumpster, cardboard recycling bins, portable toilets, handwashing stations, or mobile showers.

Read more: http://hwnelec.co/z9hw50PB94K

DEM Mobile Waste and Hygiene Facilities

1:30 p.m. update

Aug. 19, 2023

We are continuing to rebuild sections of the electric grid to safely restore service in parts of West Maui and Upcountry, focusing on critical circuits that serve businesses which provide essential services for local communities.

Mahalo to our customers for your patience and supportive words to our crews and incident management team as we work to safely restore power as quickly as possible.

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crews working on crossarm
Customer mahalos

Hawaii Red Cross Shelters

Aug. 19, 2023

Hawaii Red Cross has four shelters on Maui that provide free aid to those in need. Services include a safe place to sleep, food and water, health services, emotional support, and more. For additional information, visit www.redcross.org/shelter.

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Kamehameha: 125 W Kamehameha Ave, Kahului 96732
  • Kings Cathedral: 777 Mokulele Hwy, Kahului 96732
  • War Memorial Complex: 700 Halia Nakoa St, Wailuku 96793
  • South Maui Community Park Gym: 1501 Liloa Dr, Kihei 96753

Photo credit: Hawaii Red Cross

Hawaii Red Cross Shelters

8 a.m. update

Aug. 19, 2023

Crews will be working on activating a second mobile substation to support restoration for the Launiupoko to Olowalu area. Additional materials and vehicles, including two more bucket trucks from Hawaii Island, arrived on Maui to support restoration work. Hawaiian Electric has more than 400 employees and contractors actively working on Maui.

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Hawaiian Electric vehicles arriving on Maui to help

FRIDAY UPDATE 5 P.M.: Majority of customers on Maui have been restored

Aug. 18, 2023

Majority of customers on Maui have been restored

Hawaiian Electric is continuing to rebuild sections of the electric grid to safely restore service in parts of West Maui and Upcountry, focusing on critical circuits that serve businesses which provide essential services for local communities. More than 80% of the customers who lost electricity have their power back on. More than 90% of all customers on Maui have electricity.

Approximately 1,800 customers in Olowalu, Lahaina and some surrounding areas remain without power. Hawaiian Electric has begun contacting those whose electricity may be restored beyond this week. Crews continue working to restore pocket outages in Upcountry.

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Federal Resource Fair

Aug. 18, 2023

A federal resource fair will be held tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Maui Economic Development Board’s Malcolm Center in Kihei (1305 North Holopono Street). Agencies will be available to assist people with replacing passports and social security cards. FEMA and the veteran’s administration will also be present for healthcare support and disaster aid. Shuttle services will be provided from the South Maui Community Park Gymnasium.

Federal Resource Fair

12:00 p.m. update

Aug. 18, 2023

Crews continue working to install a second mobile substation to support restoration for the Launiupoko to Olowalu areas. Substations step down power from high-voltage transmission lines to lower-voltage distribution lines that serve neighborhoods. The installation process takes time to connect the substation to the grid safely and reliably. Once online, the mobile substation would power facilities that provide essential needs.

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Family Assistance Center (FAC)

Aug. 18, 2023

The Family Assistance Center (FAC) is moving from its current location at the Kahului Community Center to the Hyatt Regency’s Monarchy Ballroom located at 200 Nohea Kai Drive in Kaanapali, effective today, August 18, 2023, at 10 a.m. The new location will provide various services and resources for those in need. For more information, call 1-800-733-2767 (Red Cross).

Photo credit: Red Cross Hawaii

Family Assistance Center (FAC)
Family Assistance Center (FAC)
Family Assistance Center (FAC)

6:00 p.m. update

Aug. 17, 2023

We continue to work closely with state and county emergency management teams who prioritized critical circuits for restoration, including those serving stores, pharmacies, gas stations, county water, wastewater and public safety facilities.

Restoration continues

SBA Disaster Loans

Aug. 17, 2023

The US Small Business Administration is currently offering loan programs including home and personal loans, business physical disaster loans, and economic injury disaster loans. For more information and to apply, visit disasterloanassistance.sba.gov.

SBA Disaster Loans

THURSDAY UPDATE 1 P.M.: Power restored to more than 80% of Maui customers

Aug. 17, 2023

Power restored to over 80 percent of customers

More than 400 Hawaiian Electric employees and contractors are continuing with efforts to rebuild sections of the electric grid and safely restore service in parts of West Maui and Upcountry.

As of this morning, about 1,900 customers in West Maui remain without electricity. Hawaiian Electric will be reaching out to those whose power may be restored after this week. Power has been restored to more than 80% of customers who have been without electricity since last week.

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Maui Nui Strong

Aug. 17, 2023

The County of Maui developed the Maui Nui Strong website as a resource for the community, providing residents, businesses and visitors to useful information. If you are seeking support on Maui or looking for ways to provide support, visit mauinuistrong.info/support for resources that are updated daily.

Maui Nui Strong

10:00 a.m. update

Aug. 17, 2023

Damaged transmission lines in Upcountry Maui have been repaired. Work continues on restoration in the West Maui area, where facilities that provide essential needs such as groceries and supplies are located. Power has been restored to more than 80% of Maui customers who have been without electricity since last week.

Transmission line repair

A message from President and CEO Shelee Kimura

Aug. 17, 2023

A message from Hawaiian Electric President and CEO Shelee Kimura

Aloha mai kakou

The past days have been devastating for Maui and all of Hawaii. We have seen human loss and devastation on a scale that’s difficult for our hearts and minds to process. Maui lost homes and businesses, places of worship and cherished historic places. My heart breaks over and over, alongside all of Hawaii, for the people, communities and aina of Maui. While the loss is unimaginable, Maui’s spirit, strength and resilience endures.

For generations past, present and future, our kuleana is to Hawaii. Hawaiian Electric is a company of Hawaii, for Hawaii, and Maui is part of our ohana. When ohana needs you, you show up. We are not spectators or detached observers. This is us. We are thousands of people across five islands who call Hawaii our home, including many personally impacted by the windstorm and fires. We are here for Maui and its people however long it takes.

Read the full letter from Shelee Kimura.


6:00 p.m. update

Aug. 16, 2023

More than 100 utility poles will be needed to meet restoration priorities, and a shipment is expected to arrive from Oahu in the coming days. Fencing and other equipment is also being shipped from Oahu to support setup and stabilization of the second mobile substation.

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Sending more equipment warehouse
Sending more equipment staff

3:30 p.m. update

Aug. 16, 2023

Mahalo to our customers for your patience and understanding as we continue to assess damage, conduct repairs and work to establish restoration timelines. Our crews are working to restore power to customers as quickly and safely as possible.

Working to restore power

WEDNESDAY UPDATE 1:00 P.M.: Crews focus on infrastructure repair to support restoration in West Maui

Aug. 16, 2023

Crews focus on infrastructure repair 1pm

Hawaiian Electric crews working to restore power to customers have completed repair of damaged transmission lines in the Upcountry area. Work continues on infrastructure to support restoration in the West Maui area, where facilities that provide essential needs such as groceries and supplies are located.

As of this morning, approximately 2,000 customers in West Maui remain without electricity, and Hawaiian Electric will be reaching out to those who may experience an extended outage. Crews are working to install a second mobile substation to support restoration for the Launiupoko to Olowalu areas. Once online, the mobile substation is expected to restore power to homes, schools and county facilities in those areas. This complex process takes time to safely connect customers. Substations step down power from high-voltage transmission lines to lower-voltage distribution lines that serve neighborhoods.

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10:30 a.m. update

Aug. 16, 2023

Hawaiian Electric employees and contractors from Maui, Oahu, Hawaii Island, Molokai and Lanai gathered for a blessing with Kahu Kordell Kekoa before heading out to continue with restoration efforts to support the Maui community.

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7:30 a.m. update

Aug. 16, 2023

We are committed to being here for our Maui ohana. After the morning briefing at the Kahului base yard, crews will continue to safely work on addressing pocket outages today in West Maui and Upcountry.

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Morning briefing discussion

6:00 p.m. update

Aug. 15, 2023

The focus continues to be safely restoring areas that provide essential public services as well as facilities serving first responders and the emergency response efforts. This includes services and resources such as water, wastewater, gas stations, and hotels that are being planned for temporary shelter.

Restoring public services

5:00 p.m. update

Aug. 15, 2023

Our response efforts include more than 400 employees and contractors working to safely bring power back to communities on Maui. Employees are providing additional resources to expedite and respond to the restoration efforts on Maui.

Employees providing additional resources

2:30 p.m. update

Aug. 15, 2023

Mahalo to everyone who has worked tirelessly for the last week on recovery and restoration efforts on Maui. You have the support and gratitude of the entire Hawaiian Electric ohana behind you. Please watch this video highlighting the work by our Incident Management team.


TUESDAY UPDATE 12 P.M.: Crews work to restore more customers in parts of West Maui, Upcountry

Aug. 15, 2023

Work continues tuesday 12pm

Hawaiian Electric is working to restore more customers in parts of West Maui and Upcountry today and thanks customers for their continued patience.

“Hawaiian Electric is committed to being here for our Maui ohana and for all of the community, no matter how long it takes,” said Shelee Kimura, Hawaiian Electric president and CEO. “We’re working closely with state and county emergency management teams who prioritized critical circuits for restoration, including those serving stores, pharmacies, gas stations, county water, wastewater and public safety facilities.”

Read full news release


Maui Economic Opportunity

Aug. 15, 2023

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. is now accepting direct donations to be used for rental placements for those displaced by the fires. Donations are accepted by check and credit card (via Paypal). For more information, visit meoinc.org.

Maui Economic Opportunity Flyer

Photo credit: Maui Economic Opportunity


8:30 a.m. update

Aug. 15, 2023

Crews prepared to head out to continue restoring power to affected communities on Maui after their daily briefing and prayer. Our focus is on energizing additional transmission lines and circuits serving the Lahaina area and restoring pockets of Upcountry and West Maui customers still out of service.

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7:00 p.m. update

Aug. 14, 2023

Hawaiian Electric President and CEO Shelee Kimura spoke at today’s news conference with Governor Josh Green, M.D., Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen, and emergency management officials. “Hawaiian Electric and our employees will be here for as long as it takes to help the people of Maui recover,” she said.

Shelee press conference

6:30 p.m. update

Aug. 14, 2023

Hawaiian Electric President and CEO Shelee Kimura met with the line crew at Kahului base yard today before they headed out to continue restoration work on Maui. “I’m so proud to be with you. I want to make sure you’re all ok, that you’re taking care of yourselves, and taking care of each other while you’re taking care of the community.”

Sheelee talking with the crews on Maui

MONDAY UPDATE 4:30 P.M.: Crews restore about 80% of customers on Maui

Aug. 14, 2023

Power restored to about 80 percent of customers

Hawaiian Electric has restored power to about 80% of the customers who have been without electricity since Tuesday. Crews are continuing response efforts to restore about 100 customers in Upcountry and approximately 2,300 customers in West Maui. This estimated outage count has been adjusted downward to account for structures that were damaged or destroyed.

In West Maui, the focus continues to be safely restoring areas that provide essential public services as well as facilities serving first responders and the emergency response efforts. This includes services and resources such as water, wastewater, gas stations, and hotels that are being planned for temporary shelter.

Earlier today, crews restored power to the Lahaina Civic Center and are working to bring other emergency response facilities in the area back online. Crews also completed the installation of the mobile substation in the Lahainaluna area and are working to bring it online. Once online, the mobile sub is expected to restore power to homes, schools and county facilities mauka of the Lahaina Bypass Road. This complex process takes time to safely connect customers. Substations step down power from high-voltage transmission lines to lower-voltage distribution lines that serve neighborhoods.

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FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA)

Aug. 14, 2023

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency has activated the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) and Critical Needs Assistance (CNA) programs for wildfire survivors in Maui County. These programs provide relief to survivors by supplying shelter or money to cover urgent necessities.

The TSA program allows for shelter in pre-identified hotels or motels for a limited amount of time. Payment is made by FEMA.

The CNA program provides a one-time $700 payment per household.

Read more in FEMA’s official news release: http://hwnelec.co/JGts50Pz8AH

Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA)

12:30 p.m. update

Aug. 14, 2023

Crews on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023, completed installation of a mobile substation at the Lahainaluna substation. The mobile unit is expected to help restore power to customers in the neighboring subdivision, which includes homes, three schools and county water facilities.

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8:00 a.m. update

Aug. 14, 2023

Hawaiian Electric President and CEO Shelee Kimura met with employees in Kahului today as they prepared to continue restoration work on Maui. “I’m so proud to be with you. I want to make sure you’re all ok, that you’re taking care of yourselves, and taking care of each other while you’re taking care of the community."

Sheelee talking with the crews on Maui

5:00 p.m. update

Aug. 13, 2023

Governor Josh Green and the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) today announced the launch of the Hawaii Fire Relief Housing program aimed at connecting Maui residents affected by the recent wildfires, with property owners who wish to provide them with rooms, dwelling units, houses and other accommodations immediately.

Program application forms will go live tomorrow, Aug. 14, 2023, at 8 a.m. on HHFDC's website at dbedt.hawaii.gov/hhfdc. A list of available properties should be online by Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023. The program will remain active indefinitely.

Learn more at http://hwnelec.co/gOXi50PymoN.


2:00 p.m. update

Aug. 13, 2023

Crews from Maui, Oahu, Hawaii Island, Molokai and Lanai did a prayer this morning at Kahului base yard before heading out to work. They prayed for the entire Maui community and the families affected by the wildfires. They also said a prayer to keep each and every responder safe as everyone continues to work on recovery and restoration efforts.

Morning prayer by work crews

SUNDAY UPDATE 1 P.M.: Crews working to restore power to 5,000 affected customers on Maui

Aug. 13, 2023

Aug 13 - crews working to restore power

Hawaiian Electric restoration crews have brought back online more than 60% of customers who have been without electricity since Tuesday and are continuing work to restore approximately 5,000 customers in West Maui and Upcountry. The customer outage count has not been adjusted downward to account for structures that have been damaged or destroyed.

In West Maui, Hawaiian Electric's response efforts today are focusing on restoring power to areas of Olowalu, Lahainaluna, and remaining affected pockets of Kaanapali, and Napili. Yesterday, crews completed installation of a mobile substation at the Lahainaluna substation. The mobile unit is expected to help restore power today to customers in the neighboring subdivision, which includes homes, schools and county water facilities.

Read full news release


Mobile Health Vehicle

Aug. 13, 2023

Effective today, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii's Mobile Health Vehicle will provide first aid at the Lahaina Gateway to members and non-members at no cost. The Mobile Health Vehicle will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., no appointment necessary. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente will have first aid stations at the Hyatt Regency Lahaina and Napili Plaza from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., no appointment necessary.

For more information, you can visit kp.org/hawaii.


7:30 a.m. update

Aug. 13, 2023

Restoration efforts continue to progress and we are focusing on safely bringing power back to communities in West Maui and Upcountry. Several hundreds of responders, employees from Maui, Oahu, Hawaii Island, Molokai and Lanai and contractors are providing response resources, including staffing, materials and equipment to expedite and respond to the ongoing restoration work on Maui.

Morning briefing for crews before heading out

SATURDAY UPDATE 7:30 P.M.: Power restored to more areas of West Maui

Aug. 12, 2023

More restored west maui

Hawaiian Electric restored additional circuits today in West Maui, picking up customers along the Kaanapali Coast, including many of the hotels, resorts and condominiums that had been without electricity since Tuesday.

Since Friday, service has been restored to about 5,500 customers in West Maui. Once power is fully restored to the resort area, state and Maui County officials will work with participating hotels and resorts to provide rooms for displaced residents who have been in shelters since the fire.

Read full news release


5:00 p.m. update

Aug. 12, 2023

Aside from supplies and equipment, additional bucket trucks from Hawaii Island were shipped yesterday to Maui to assist with recovery and restoration efforts.

Our company’s full resources across the five islands we serve are responding to support the needs of the Maui community.

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Please consider making a donation

Aug. 12, 2023

Please consider making a donation

Support our neighbors affected by the devastating Maui fires. In these difficult times, our collective generosity and aloha spirit can make an incredible difference. If you are able to make a donation, please consider making it towards one of these reputable support organizations:


2:30 p.m. update

Aug. 12, 2023

We have suspended bills for approximately 18,000 customers located in the affected areas in West Maui and parts of Upcountry to ensure that those who have experienced a loss can focus on taking care of themselves and their families. Customers with emails should have received a notice on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023. For any questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Care Center at 808-871-7777.

West maui response

1:30 p.m. update

Aug. 12, 2023

Our employees continue to receive shipment of supplies to help with restoration and recovery efforts. Mahalo for the encouraging words and support as we work together to get through this difficult time.

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SATURDAY UPDATE 1 P.M.: Hawaiian Electric continues work to restore power to parts of West Maui

Aug. 12, 2023

Work continues

Hawaiian Electric restoration efforts continue today with more than 300 Hawaiian Electric employees and contractors working to safely bring power back to communities in West Maui and Upcountry. Employees from Oahu, Hawaii Island, Molokai and Lanai are also providing additional response resources, including staffing, expertise, materials and equipment to expedite and respond to the restoration efforts on Maui.

Today, crews are setting up a mobile substation at the damaged Lahainaluna substation to help restore power to customers in the neighboring subdivision, which includes homes, three schools and county water facilities. Crews today are also working to replace some of the estimated 40 poles and other equipment damaged by the fire and high wind. Additional damage assessments by helicopter in the air and on the ground are being conducted and extensive restoration repairs are continuing in areas that are safe and accessible.

Read full news release


8:00 a.m. update

Aug. 12, 2023

Crews gathered at Kahului base yard for a briefing before heading out this morning. More than 300 people are working on power restoration and recovery efforts on Maui.

Kahului Briefing

7:30 a.m. update

Aug. 12, 2023

After a morning briefing at Kahului base yard before heading out, crews prepare their fleet with necessary tools and equipment.

Restoration efforts continue today with more than 300 Hawaiian Electric employees and contractors working safely to bring power back to communities in West Maui. Crews also will be working to restore service to remaining pocket customers in Upcountry.


FRIDAY UPDATE 6 P.M.: Hawaiian Electric restores power to parts of Napili, Puukolii, Mahinahina

Aug. 11, 2023

Windstorm damage, assessment and repair

Hawaiian Electric has restored power to one of three main transmission lines serving West Maui and restored service to some customers in Napili, Puukolii, and Mahinahina where essential public services, such as water pumps, and first responder facilities are located.

Crews are continuing work to restore remaining pockets in these areas and restoring additional essential public services and facilities serving first responders in the Kapalua area. The number of customers restored is still relatively small and the aim is for additional circuits to be brought online tonight and this weekend.

Restoring transmission lines is an essential first step in the restoration process. Transmission lines are the backbone of the electric system, bringing electricity from generating stations to neighborhoods. From there, substations and neighborhood circuits need to be repaired to restore service to customers.

Hawaiian Electric is currently focusing on:

  • Upcountry: Restoring remaining pockets of customers, where an estimated 70 customers remain out of power.
  • Advising customers in other areas of West Maui without power to prepare for extended outages that could last several weeks. Crews are continuing to conduct additional damage assessments by helicopter in the air and on the ground and starting restoration repairs in areas that are safe and accessible.
  • Reminding everyone to exercise caution as certain areas are brought back online, to stay away from downed power lines – at least 30 feet or more (at least two car lengths). If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and dangerous. Report downed lines immediately by calling Hawaiian Electric’s Maui Trouble Line at 808-871-7777.

About 300 Hawaiian Electric employees and contractors from Maui, Oahu, Hawaii Island, Molokai and Lanai are working on the massive damage assessment, repair and restoration effort. The company’s Incident Management Team continues to coordinate closely with Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency and other emergency response organizations.

Read full news release


5:00 p.m. update

Aug. 11, 2023

In continued coordination with State and County emergency response efforts, Hawaiian Electric crews are continuing to make repairs in areas that are safe and accessible. Our company’s Incident Management Team continues to coordinate closely with Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency and other emergency response organizations. Approximately 300 employees and contractors, across five islands, are on the ground on Maui helping with damage assessment and restoration efforts.

Windstorm response team on site
Windstorm response team on site
Windstorm response team on site

4:00 p.m. update

Aug. 11, 2023

Additional crews and resources from Oahu, Hawaii Island, Molokai and Lanai have been deployed to assist with massive response efforts on Maui, and our company’s Incident Management Team continues to coordinate closely with Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency and other emergency response organizations.

Windstorm response team on site

3:30 p.m. update

Aug. 11, 2023

Approximately 300 employees and contractors across five islands are on the ground on Maui helping with damage assessment and restoration efforts.

Windstorm response team on site

FRIDAY UPDATE 2 p.m.: Hawaiian Electric crews continue with damage assessments, repairs

Aug. 11, 2023

Windstorm damage, assessment and repair

In continued coordination with State and County emergency response efforts, Hawaiian Electric crews today are continuing to make repairs in areas that are safe and accessible.

As part of this response effort, the company is currently focusing on:

  • Upcountry: Restoring remaining pockets of customers, where an estimated 70 customers remain out of power.
  • West Maui: Conducting additional damage assessments by helicopter and drone in the air and on the ground and starting restoration repairs in areas that are safe and accessible. Restoration will first focus on essential public services and facilities serving first responders and emergency response efforts in the areas of the Lahaina Civic Center, Mahinahina, Napili, and Kapalua.
  • Advising customers in West Maui without power to prepare for extended outages that could last several weeks in some areas.
  • Reminding everyone to exercise caution as certain areas are brought back online, to stay away from downed power lines – at least 30 feet or more (at least two car lengths).If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and dangerous. Report downed lines immediately by calling Hawaiian Electric’s Maui Trouble Line at 808-871-7777.
  • Reminding if using a portable generator, carefully follow instructions in the manufacturer's manual, for your safety and the safety of Hawaiian Electric employees working to restore electricity to the distribution system. Don’t plug household electrical outlets to the generator. Instead, plug your equipment or appliance directly into the generator. Make sure the wattage requirements of the appliance don’t exceed the capacity of your generator or extension cord. Also, be sure to provide adequate ventilation for exhaust and cooling. And store reserve fuel in a safe place away from the generator or any other equipment that might ignite the fuel; use containers designed for fuel storage.

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HEI Charitable Foundation Donates $100,000 to Maui United Way and Hawaii Community Foundation

Aug. 11, 2023

Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) (NYSE: HE) has pledged to donate $100,000 to support relief efforts relating to the wildfires on Maui:

  • $50,000 will be contributed to Maui United Way
  • $50,000 will be contributed to Hawaii Community Foundation - Maui Strong Fund

“Our hearts are with Maui and those affected by the devastating wildfires,” said Scott Seu, HEI president and CEO. “Our foundation is working with our nonprofit partners to provide resources where they are needed most. Mahalo to everyone in the community working together and contributing to this important cause.”

The HEI Charitable Foundation has a longstanding partnership with Maui United Way and Hawaii Community Foundation. HEI’s donation will go toward these nonprofit organizations’ efforts to provide relief to individuals, families and community groups directly affected by the wildfires on Maui.

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Hawaiian Electric assisting in West Maui emergency response efforts

Aug. 10, 2023

Windstorm damage

Hawaiian Electric is currently coordinating and assisting with State and County emergency response efforts in West Maui. As part of this response effort, the company is currently focusing on:

  • Ensuring safety and supporting the State and County emergency response, which includes our crews assisting with first clearing and maintaining access to impacted areas in West Maui today
  • Starting critical damage assessments to begin restoration efforts once areas are safe and accessible
  • Asking West Maui customers without power to prepare for extended outages that could last several weeks in some areas.

Approximately 12,400 customers in West Maui remain without power as access continues to be limited to many impacted areas due to safety and emergency response concerns. Damage assessments and restoration efforts will advance as areas become safe and accessible.

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Emergency Response Update on Maui

Aug. 9, 2023


Hawaiian Electric asks for continued patience on power restorations on Maui

Aug. 9, 2023

Windstorm damage

Hawaiian Electric is asking for continued patience from affected West Maui and Upcountry customers without power and for affected customers to plan for extended outages as access to many impacted areas is limited due to safety and emergency response concerns.

"We are all hands on deck in supporting and responding to Maui communities affected by the outages, active wildfires, and sustained high wind damage," said Shayna Decker, Hawaiian Electric spokesperson. "Our focus right now is the safety of our communities, customers, and workforce and prioritizing power restoration to areas that our crews can safely access. We continue to actively monitor the fluid wildfire situation and will move our restoration efforts to other areas if and as they become safe and accessible. We appreciate the continued understanding and ask customers to please prepare for possible extended outages as we conduct damage assessments and make extensive repairs."

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Hawaiian Electric asks West Maui, Upcountry customers to prepare for possible extended outages into this evening

Aug. 8, 2023

Windstorm damage

As high winds continue to impact the electrical system on Maui, Hawaiian Electric is asking currently affected customers in West Maui and Upcountry to potentially prepare for an extended outage into the late evening as crews are working to complete extensive repairs in these areas. Customers not restored by 7 p.m. this evening can plan for possible overnight outages.

Additional crews are arriving from Oahu to help with the restoration efforts. The company has also activated its Incident Management Team and is working closely with County of Maui Emergency Management Agency and other emergency response organizations.

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