Monday, June 2, 2008

The Coconut Telegraph

Jimmy Buffett has a song about the Coconut Telegraph. It's about Key West and the small town's applicable here.
The BIG news around this part of the island today was THE wreck. Apparently at approximately 6:30am, there was a wreck on the Kamehameha Hwy in Kaaawa. Someone hit a telephone pole and knocked out the power along this side of the island, also closing the road from Kaaawa to Kaneohe. You would have thought a tsunami had hit. OHMIGOD, everywhere from Kaneohe to Laie (and probably further!), people are talking about it. I'm sure it will be on the evening news as well...hell, not much else is going on. Anyway, it's been funny listening to people talk about it...and a refreshing change from hearing about the drive by shootings and homicides in Durham!

Here are the actual facts of the incident from The Honolulu Advertiser...should you be curious about the big event along the windward side of the island today! It appears full order has been restored.

Traffic flowing again in Kaaawa after 8-hour blockage
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Advertiser Staff

Traffic flow has been restored on Kamehameha Highway in Ka'a'awa, eight hours after an egg delivery truck struck a pole and blocked the road in both directions.

Darren Pai, spokesman for Hawaiian Electric Co., said the delay was mostly because of the difficulty in removing the truck that ended up in both lanes.

The truck has been removed and traffic is being contraflowed through the area, Pai said.

HECO crews are still making repairs and expect to be there for the rest of the day, he said.

Electricity was knocked out to about 100 customers as a result of the single-vehicle accident that occurred at 5:16 a.m. today near Ka'a'awa Beach Park.

All power was restored in Ka'a'awa at 11:11 a.m., according to Pai.

No one was injured in the vehicular accident, according to the city's Emergency Medical Services.

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