The 27-mile-long H-1 Freeway, also called the Queen Liliuokalani Freeway, is interstate in name only. As it wraps around the southern, leeward side of Oahu, the road can be trafficky around Honolulu and scenic at its western end. Lately, it has also been very, very dark.
All summer long, thieves have been stealing copper wire used to run lights along the freeway at night. Copper prices are at an all-time high on the global market, and the thieves are creative. Police speculate they are disguising themselves as construction workers to dig out the copper.
Last week, someone dug up 14,000 feet of underground copper wire worth $85,000 along H-1 and a connecting road, H-2. More than 50 lights went dark.
While police have five felony investigations open, local residents are adjusting their driving habits to stay safe.