HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - At 8:45 a.m. this morning Hawaiian Telcom completed repairs to the cable.
The company says voice and data services of about 500 customers on Oahu had been affected and
to prevent future acts of vandalism, Hawaiian Telcom plans to increase security in the area.
The Company is also planning to meet with key stakeholders, including law enforcement officials, other communication providers with facilities in the same area, and the landowner, to address long-term facility route planning, security measures, and the homeless community that has overrun the area under the Airport Viaduct.
Police say a 42-year-old homeless man was arrested for an alleged copper theft around 10:55 p.m., nearly an hour and a half after the break occurred. Crews from the Hawaiian Electric Company reportedly discovered the man's activities and reported them to the police.
Oceanic Cable says it also experienced "intermittent interruptions" with phone service across the state and with cable service in Hawaii Kai. Customers were asked to refrain from rebooting their cable boxes, since doing so could prevent cable service until repairs are completed.