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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:36 a.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Honolulu crews battle trail fire

The Honolulu Fire Department’s helicopter and firefighters from four companies were battling a brush fire today on the Mau‘umae Trail above Maunalani Heights, which leads to the Lanipo summit overlooking Ka‘au Crater.

By 9:30 a.m., firefighters had contained the fire to an area covering 200 square yards, said HFD spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada. The burn area is about two miles in from Maunalani entrance of the 3.7-mile Mau‘umae Trail to Lanipo. The fire was not threatening property, said Tejada.

Rupture stalls Moanalua traffic

A section of road in Moanalua Valley was closed to traffic today due to the rupture of an 8-inch water main. The break between Ala ‘Iolani Place and Ala Aolani was reported at 5:45 a.m. and affected water service to 30 customers.

Explosion cuts Salt Lake power

About 1,000 Salt Lake customers, most of them residents, lost power for 30 to 40 minutes this morning after an explosion in an electrical connector on Ala ‘Ilima Street.

The connector, which transitions power between overhead and underground lines, apparently failed at about 9:40 a.m., causing a short circuit, said Fred Kobashikawa, Hawaiian Electric Co. spokesman.

Power was restored to most homes by 10:10 a.m., he said, when crews used alternate circuits to reroute power. Navy homes at Camp Catlin were the last to go back online at 10:20 a.m., Kobashikawa said