HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An accident late Wednesday afternoon at the Port Allen Power Generating Station on Kaua'i knocked out power to the entire island, according to the Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative.
According to company officials, a transformer failure that tripped the generation units at Port Allen was to blame for the outage. It is believed that as many as 24,000 customers were affected.
As of 9:15 p.m., approximately 90% of customers on Kaua'i have had power restored, according to KIUC. The only areas that still remain without power at this time are Pua Ko, Ulu Mahi, Nawiliwili, Kukui Grove East, Puhi and Princeville underground.
The following is the initial statement from KIUC following the incident:
KIUC is currently experiencing an island-wide outage. We don't have an estimate on how long at this time but will continue to give updates as they become available.