Hawaii State Capitol closed due to ‘severe power outage’

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Published: Aug. 29, 2022 at 8:04 AM HST|Updated: Aug. 29, 2022 at 8:35 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Capitol building will be closed Monday due to a “severe power outage,” according to state officials.

The state said the exact cause of the outage could not be determined at this time.

In a statement, Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi and House Speaker Scott Saiki said all legislative offices will remain operational and staff will work remotely despite the building closure.

“Senate and House leadership is working closely with the Department of Accounting and General Services to determine the exact cause of the outage and will provide additional updates as more information becomes available,” the statement continued.

At around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, the Honolulu Fire Department said they received a call for a building fire at the state Capitol. Crews said they discovered light smoke from an electrical room.

It is unclear if that incident is connected to the power outage.