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Electrical malfunction shuts down Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The lights went out on Saturday for hundreds of tourists and local beachgoers hoping to spend some time in the water at one of Oahu's most popular snorkeling destinations.

At approximately 9:00 a.m., a cable malfunction shut off electricity to the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, forcing officials to close the park to the public for the entire day while crews from Hawaiian Electric Company worked to restore power.

The closure disrupted the plans of several tourists visiting from California, who based an entire day's worth of vacation around their visit to the park.

"The first bus passed us, so then a really nice bus driver had us hop on his bus, and we waited outside of Diamond Head by the farmer's market for a while," said Patty Clardy. "Then, we finally got up here, and found out (the park) was closed! It just would've been nice it we had known ahead of time so that we could've done something else."

Park officials said they hoped to have repaired the transformer in time to reopen for business as usual on Sunday morning.

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