After observing for more than three years that the same major intersection lights were out (not dimmed from heat), I called Maui Electric Co. I was told that that due to cutbacks, there is presently no one who monitors the intersection lights for outages.
If you haven't noticed, as many as 25 percent of the streetlights are, and have been out for years, yet they continue to build new ones.
One example is Honoapiilani Highway, approaching Maalaea headed toward Lahaina. There are six streetlights in a row that are out, and have been for some time. North Kihei Road at Honoapiilani Highway also has many dead lights.
Look around you and you will see many streetlights not just dim but out.
How do these outages affect the county/state electric bill, if at all? How do they affect safety? If they weren't meant to have an effect, why do we have them? If they were placed in the interest of safety, why are they neglected?
Perhaps the Maui motto of "We build it then abandon it" is appropriate here.