Or so OC told me when I sat up in bed at 3:00 a.m. I didn’t really grasp the significance of those two words until I shut the bathroom door behind me and flipped the light switch. Oh! (Well, the switch worked, just not on the light!)
When next I woke it was 7 a.m. and the power was still out. I tried to call in sick to work, but the cell towers were also out — luckily OC’s cell (different provider) worked just fine. I called — only to be told there was no school and the whole island had been shut down. Eighteen power poles were down along Farrington Highway and the roads were closed.
I hung up the phone and returned to the bedroom to tell OC he could stop with the work clothes. Farrington Highway is the only route out of our corner of the island. If it’s closed, we’re staying home or swimming out.
We stayed home. We played cribbage all morning and enjoyed sandwiches — P.B. for OC, cheese for me — for breakfast. I beat OC two out of three games, then the power was restored, saving me from having to defend my wins. Farrington Highway has also been cleared for out bound traffic, but OC sees no point in making the 90 minute drive to spend 3 hours and drive 90 minutes home, so he’s working via phone and internet.
We are now back in our normal positions, each at one end of the couch with a laptop on our knees. OC is also wearing headphones and enjoying tunes — when he’s not talking to the room at large through his Bluetooth.
We went down to the beach. With 8 foot waves we are NOT swimming out. We also drove up the coast to where the road is closed. There are three different stretches along the beach where the wind took the power poles out like a car blasting through a picket fence. HECo (Hawaii Electric Company) says, “If you don’t have power by night fall, you probably won’t have power tonight.” We called a couple of our friends in the power outage areas, but they’ve taken refuge on different parts of the island.
Makaha, at the very end of civilization is very lucky to have power. Our electricity supply does not come from the Nanakuli power plant — hooray — our power comes to us from the windward side up and over the mountain behind us. Meals will be served hot at our house tonight.