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Power Outages Interrupt Super Bowl For Hawaii Fans

January 26, 1987

HONOLULU (AP) _ Hawaii’s football fans missed a large portion of the first half of the biggest game of the season because the local TV station’s broadcast of the Super Bowl was interrupted twice by power outages.

Irate fans at the Sportscafe & Pub threw ice cubes at the bar’s television set.

″My crowd went wild,″ said bar manager Mark Pez. ″They got real salty.″

Order was restored after two customers went to their cars and returned with portable stereos tuned in to Sunday’s game and placed them at either end of the bar.

At the Columbia Inn lounge, ″Everybody was screaming,″ said bartender Julie Viernes. At the Jolly Roger restaurant lounge, ″one big scream″ erupted from patrons when the game sent off the air, said spokeswoman Cindy Phallen.

Hawaiian Electric Co. believed the problems were caused by high winds. The first outage lasted for only a split second, according to utility spokesman Chris Shirai.

But KGMB-TV said the momentary interruption caused it to lose its satellite reception of the game for a few minutes.

The second outage knocked out power to 12,000 electrical customers, including KGMB’s satellite reception and the station itself, Shirai said.

Power for KGMB was restored 22 minutes later, while it took an additional 21 minutes to bring back full service to all 12,000 customers, Shirai said.

The interruptions affected all 342,000 households with telvisions in Hawaii, said Bill Riddle, Channel 9′s local sales manager.

The station planned to calculate today how much it lost in advertising revenue.

″It couldn’t have come at a worse time,″ Riddle said.

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