At Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light Company, our roots in these islands run deep and our commitment to the future is strong.
Our logo’s key elements symbolize our company’s rich history, including the legacy of King David Kalakaua, who brought electricity to Hawaii’s people and whose royal charter formed the Hawaiian Electric Company. This new logo signifies our companies’ renewed commitment to one another, our customers and our communities. Learn More.
History and Timeline
Inspired by the Vision of a King
Hawaiian Electric Company and its subsidiaries provide electricity and services to 95 percent of the state's 1.2 million residents. The company is also one of the state's leading employers and a major contributor and supporter of community and educational programs.
The demand for power that has fueled the growth of the Hawaiian Islands has been met by Hawaiian Electric for well over a century. And as the next millennium unfolds, the company is committed to providing quality service and seeking clean local energy sources to power generations of Hawaii families and businesses to come.
The Birth of Hawaiian Electric
King Kalakaua meets Thomas Edison in 1881.
Iolani Palace becomes one of the world's first royal residences to be lit by electricity in 1886.
Town streets are lighted for the first time in 1888.
Hawaiian Electric incorporates in 1891.
Expansion demands new generation. Alakea Power Plant dedicated and placed into service and Kaneohe residences receives power in 1894.
The War Years
Groundbreaking at Waiau Power Plant in 1937.
Pearl Harbor is attacked and government reinforces Hawaiian Electric's power plants in 1941.
Downtown Honolulu Power Plant becomes operational in 1954.
Hawaiian Electric purchases Maui Electric Company in 1968.
Hawaiian Electric purchases Hawaii Electric Light Company in 1970.
Hawaiian Electric becomes a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries in 1983.
Changing to Meet Customers' Needs through Energy Solutions
Hawaiian Electric wins the utility industry's highest honor – the Edison Award in 1995.
U.S. Department of Defense – Hawaiian Electric Clean Energy Partnership signed in 1996 to meet DOD's energy needs.
Hawaiian Electric helped install the state's first EV "rapid charging station" in 1998 helping Honolulu become the first 'EV-ready' city in the country.
American Lung Association awards Hawaiian Electric with the Mauli Ola (Breath of Life) award for environmentally responsible operation of our power plants in 2003.
In 2006, Hawaiian Electric celebrated the 10th year anniversary of the Energy$olutions program with the installation of its 30,000th solar water heating system. The program paid over $62 million in rebates to homes and businesses that have installed energy efficient equipment which translates to a savings of more than 586 million kilowatthours per year or 970,000 barrels of oil.
Our Clean Energy Future
Hawaiian Electric Companies and the State of Hawaii signed a comprehensive agreement as part of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative. The initiative's goal for the State of Hawaii I to meet 70 percent of its electricity and ground transportation needs from clean energy sources, including renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2030.
Hawaiian Electric's 110-megawatt Campbell Industrial Park Generating Station, fueled by renewable biodiesel procured from sustainable sources, comes on line in 2009.
Hawaiian Electric and Maui Electric Company are honored for Solar Energy Adoption by the Solar Electric Power Association in 2012