"Adopt the pace of nature:
her secret is patience."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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KRCA Homeowners
Board of Directors Meeting
December 14, 2011
7:00 PM Kilauea Neighborhood Center

Kalihiwai Ridge Homeowners can find official minutes to KRCA meetings by setting up their own account log in at  They can assist you in getting your 7 digit owner number.  After you have that you will then need to set up a user name and password.  You can also set up having the Agenda to these meetings sent to you by email the day before they are held.

My Impressions

A few new faces, but basically the same group gathers, leaving our separate driveways we go into Kilauea town.  Coming for ourselves, for what is probably our most precious investment, our home and all that means to each of us.  Coming for our neighbors, for our sometimes wounded community.  Some like me, hoping to see signs of healing and perhaps resolution even.  It is there this November night.  Coming from our president, "We are in an evolving conversation taking place during economic disadvantageous times. There is no end game here if you are looking for one.  What is needed is trust and good intentions in order to go forward in a healthy way." 
Good news is shared of our lawyers released from their contract and sending us a refund.  Had I heard it right, could that be possible? Sounds like an oxymoron to me.  A DLNR dam safety engineer pleased with our dam faces all cleared front and back so she could do an informal visual inspection.  We have time, as much as five years maybe.  Studies done as needed with their assistance all along the way.  A monthly report kept on file for DLNR review if requested. It becomes clearer now, keeping our body of water intact is wanted and most likely our least expensive, most cost efficient way forward.  

A community coming together around our lake, with a high priority now to improve its access for all our 181 members.  To make sure of the adequacy of our spillway.  A good 45 foot wide, Rock Quarry filled dam with an intact pali on the far side.  Repairs already made by members working together resulting in our easement holder partners bringing good will back to us ten fold. A lot to do still, but a healthy productive beginning.  
Gratitude given to all.  Leaving with a sense of having truly gathered.  

Going home in peace, remembering that beautiful image a few nights back out in our boat on the lake.  Two women riding, walking their horses on the dam, back lit at sunset, reflected in its water full to the shoreline.  Looking up after that moment and seeing a flock of plovers flying in for a landing to the tree lined, undeveloped part of lakeside.  It seems we all have a plover in our driveways during the day this time of year, but I never knew until now they gather at night to sleep together at our lakeside.  A place where they too can find some peace, some healing perhaps after a busy day feeding in our driveways.

Aloha, Maggie Lea

KRCA Annual Meeting
Monday, January 30, 2012
6:30 PM Registration
7:00 Call to Order
Kilauea School Cafeteria
2440 Kolo Road, Kilauea

Suggested Readings:
Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation in Hawai`i: 2012
Reference:  Commission on Water Resource Management
Click here to download PDF file

Koamalu Volumes 1&2
by Ethel M Damon, 1931
A story of pioneers on Kauai and of what they built in that island garden

Sugar Water by Carol Wilcox 1996
Hawaiian & English definitions from the book:
wai - water, blood, passion, life
wai wai - wealth
pani wai - dam
water - transparent, odorless, tasteless, liquid, H2O

Wetland habitat non-invasive plant suggestions:
bacopa, makaloa, carex, aka 'akai, neke
kupukupu, laua'e


Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge

Kauai Forest Birds Recovery Project 

Sounds Hawaiian

National Wildlife Federation

Kalihiwai Reservoir is a
Certified Wildlife Habitat

Ducks Unlimited

Fishing Notes

Hawaii Audubon Society

Sierra Club Hawaii

Sufi at the helm of Moe Moku