UPDATE: Alii Drive remains closed because of downed utility poles


Alii Drive remains closed to both directions of travel this afternoon because of downed utility poles, one of which was leaning toward a condominium in the area of Banyans surf spot in North Kona.

Alii Drive will likely remain closed through 5 p.m., said Hawaii Electric Light Co. spokesman Roger Keller. The Hawaii Police Department anticipates the road will open by 5 p.m.

The road closure is in effect at Alii Drive’s intersection with Royal Poinciana Drive and also at Lyman’s surf spot, according to the Hawaii Police Department. The incident occurred shortly after 7 a.m.

HELCO crews are on scene.