HOH Utilities Acquisition Complete

Hawaii Water has finalized transactions to acquire the assets of HOH Utilities, LLC (HOH Utilities) and provide service to their customers going forward.

The purchase of HOH Utilities’ wastewater system assets on Kauai marks the entry of Hawaii Water onto its fourth island. Located in the growing Poipu and Koloa area, HOH Utilities serves almost 1,800 residential, commercial, and resort customers, including three hotels, condominiums, multi-family housing, single-family homes, and a golf course. With Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approval received in July 2022, Hawaii Water now will both own and operate the wastewater system.

“We look forward to beginning operations on Kauai and are focused on providing excellent service to our customers while protecting the environment around us,” said Martin A. Kropelnicki, Group Chairman and CEO. “We appreciate the partnership of HOH Utilities to complete this acquisitions and their trust in us to support their customers and communities.”

In addition to its new Kauai customers, Hawaii Water currently provides water, wastewater, and/or recycled water utility services to about 6,200 customers, including a number of large resorts and condominium complexes, on Maui, Oahu, and the Big Island. Hawaii Water intends to continue investing in local infrastructure to keep service reliable for our communities and protect the environment.

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