Child and Family Service still in the dark

Les Mookini
Les Mookini

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

EWA BEACH (HawaiiNewsNow) - Contractors hired by Hawaiian Electric Co. have their hands full. Friday's storm flattened fifteen power poles on Fort Weaver Road and cut off electricity to thousands in Ewa Beach.

"I had a feeling it was going to be at least a day, if not more," Les Mookini said.

Power is back for most but not for Mookini and Child and Family Service. Large sections of the non-profit's site have been in the dark since Friday. Mookini is director of facilities.

"HECO did state that the goal is to get the lines and power and the poles up by Wednesday," he said.

Down the road at Dr. Alfonso Jimenez's office, staff assessed another casualty -- vaccines.

The blackout ruined hundreds of dollars worth when electricity died.

"There's a couple of vaccines, like the chickenpox vaccines. They need to be frozen and we didn't have any dry ice," Jimenez said.

He estimates his practice lost about $4,000 in patient cancellations Friday and catching up will be a headache.

Back at Child and Family Service the loss is more in productivity.

Generators power some offices but several services were moved off campus and concern now turns to when the agency comes back on line.

"We are going to have go through and slowly bring the building back to life, such as getting the network back up, getting our phone system powered back up, and then doing some trouble shooting and make sure there wasn't any damage to our computers or any other electrically operated machinery that we have here," Mookini said.

The majority of the poles being replaced stand 85 feet tall. Before they are planted the bases have to be covered with termite barriers.

By mid-day Monday, seven still needed to be put in the ground.

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