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Protesting Hilo resident chains himself to HELCO building

Big Island resident Wade Kalili is frustrated about the amount of his electric bill and decided to make a statement. He chained himself to the front door of Hawaii Electric Light Company's Hilo office earlier this month in protest.

"I have a single story, three bedroom home and my bill is … $1,600 a month. Insane. That's why I'm here," he said.

After an officer arrived, Kalili agreed to move off the company's property, but continued his protest.

Kalili claims he has been overcharged for years in part because of a faulty meter, but he is also upset over the company's rates.

"They ruined my life. They affected my business – my family life," he said. "Everybody hates HELCO over here and its ridiculous prices."

In a statement, HELCO said it has been working to address Kalili's concerns for several years and is willing to continue helping him. The company added it is committed to lowering all customers' bills.

 

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