Hawaiian Telcom says work to restore phone and Internet service on the Big Island took a hit over the Labor Day weekend.
Crews discovered fiber cables in Kapoho had been deliberately cut in several places. The company believes copper thieves are to blame.
Hawaiian Telcom urges the public to report suspicious activity to police at 911 or by calling Hawaiian Telcom security at 643-7111.
Theft of copper is a Class C felony in Hawaii punishable by five years in prison. A police report was filed.
Despite the setback, less than 200 customers remain out of service, primarily in Nanawale where crews have now begun to repair damaged cables.
Free Wi-Fi service continues to be available at Hawaiian Paradise Park Activity Center and Pahoa Community Center. Hours of operation at both locations are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.