No-entry zone announced as poles topple, wires tangle in Leilani Estates


Hawaii Electric Light announced Wednesday that a portion of Leilani Estates and all of Lanipuna Gardens has been designated as a no-entry zone for its crews.

Officials say these areas are hazardous to enter due to continued ground swelling and cracking, sudden fissure activity, and unsafe levels of sulfur dioxide. Crews were working in the subdivision in the last few days, and have narrowly escaped situations that could have resulted in severe injury, the utility said.

Hawaii Electric Light says its priority continues to be safety and can no longer allow its employees to enter hazardous areas.

Poles and wires continue to fall due to changes in the ground formation and seismic activity, and Hawaii Electric Light continues to warn residents to assume that all downed lines and equipment are energized and dangerous. Stay at least three cars lengths away from downed lines and use caution around all poles and overhead lines.

The following areas are currently in the no-entry zone:

  • Leilani Avenue from Pomaikai Street to Pohoiki Road
  • Malama Street, east from Pomaikai Street
  • Kahukai Street from Nohea Street to Leilani Avenue
  • Pomaikai, Moku, and Kupono Streets south of Leilani Avenue
  • All streets east beginning with Nohea Street
  • All of Lanipuna Gardens including Hinalo, Lauone, and Honuaula Streets, and all connector roads into Lanipuna Gardens.

Due to the toxic gas hazard in the affected area, the following are issued:

  • Leaving the area of SO2 inundation is the best way to protect yourself and your family.
  • Seek medical attention if severely affected.

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