Schools closed after power outage in Manoa

HECO crews working to repair the pole and restore power
HECO crews working to repair the pole and restore power

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The lights are back on, but not after a power outage shut down several Manoa schools on Tuesday.

  • Mid-Pacific Institute
  • University Avenue Baptist Preschool
  • St. Francis School
  • Manoa Valley Church PreSchool

Honolulu police say a suspected drunken driver was sent to the hospital after she crashed her car into a utility pole on University Avenue at Maile way just before 11 o'clock Monday night.

The University of Hawaii in Manoa was not affected, but the crash did cause an initial black out for about a thousand Hawaiian Electric customers in the area.

"Pretty much we just parked on the street and we couldn't even get to our house. One officer told us we couldn't go in, until a firefighter finally walked us over. Because it was unsafe," said Manoa resident Andrea Benavente.

HECO crews worked thru the morning and afternoon to replace the pole and re-attach its utilities, while drivers were detoured around the closure between Maile way and Kaala street.

Power was restored at 11 a.m. and school should resume for those students tomorrow.

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