Isles urged to prepare for wildfire power shutoffs

George F. Lee / Star-Advertiser File

Hawaiian Electric linesmen along Honoapi‘ilani Highway continued to work restoring power to the area after the Lahaina Fire on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023.

HONOLULU — This week marked the start of Hawaiian Electric’s program of proactively shutting off power in specified areas to protect the public if and when there is a high risk of wildfires on all the islands it serves.