DECEMBER 2011


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 certifiedhawaii.com.  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

We gather at the Neighborhood Community Center in Kilauea.  We are told by the board as far as the Kalihiwai Reservoir is concerned we are moving in the right direction towards a conclusion.  The details of the
Memorandum of Understanding with the Easement Holders are being finalized.  A budget will be voted on for approval at our annual meeting in January asking for a 2012 Maintenance Fee slightly lower than 2011 (87% collected) that had included a yearly fee and special assessment, but higher than in years past.  Fee collection guidelines were discussed for the 13% of our membership who are past due.  In the budget legal fees are coming down significantly and replaced by other professional costs of State required studies for determining our dam's safety, deferred maintenance of the dam itself, and improvement of the access road and gates so the entire KRCA membership can more easily enjoy the use of the reservoir and surrounding common area.

As throughout the island we are a unique and growing neighborhood.  Many of us have moved here from the mainland called by the space, the natural beauty and wildlife, and most especially the peace.  In coming to the meeting a sample of 12 out of 181 home site members were there to hear about noise issues and the disturbance this brings to our being able to live here in peace.  Whether dogs or helicopters we are obviously all sensitive to whatever intrudes upon our meaning of 'silence'.  From one homeowner we heard of the
Stop DAT program she is involved with.  The Stop Disrespectful Air Tourism has found a middle altitude and route for the tour helicopters that is least intrusive, and unless safe visibility becomes an issue, seems to work the best.  No provisions are in place for fixed wing aircraft.

Dogs howling and barking for hours is another issue.  It was shared that a pack of hunting dogs need a place to feel safe when their owners are away and their neighbors need a sense of the reasonably predictable and expected peace we all came here for.  Hunting pigs in the neighborhood is indeed a necessary and noble cause, as well as being deeply rooted in the Hawaiian culture.  These dogs deserve a first rate kennel to rest and find calm in the pack after their hard labor.  The county has approved this kennel and a neighborhood fund raising has begun to insure this project is completed while we call on the aloha spirit to enter in and bring peace to the neighborhood and to the dogs as well.

It is by coming together for the common good that we ultimately gather.  It is by understanding when one of us suffers we all suffer.  It is realizing unless we contribute to the peace in our own backyard we can never hope to find peace in the world, our world.  The board is obviously working respectfully together as a team to help solve our community's problems.  I feel strongly it is our individual responsibility to support these efforts in our own unique ways in order to see our community life ever changing for the better.  If you wish to contribute money, materials, labor or valuable ideas to the Kennel Fund please email me from this page to share those ideas and/or get further information as we progress.  The dogs, dog owners and neighbors are all most appreciative of whatever can be contributed for this most worthy neighborhood cause.

Finally, on a more colorful note, is our main county Kahiliholo 'royal road' not looking so royal.  Twelve years ago when we bought our property we went to our first KRCA meeting and the main topic of discussion was the double yellow line.  It had been years not painted and the reason was apparently the county currently didn't have enough or the right color yellow paint.  We LOL compared to the community problems we had moved away from so my oil painter husband offered to buy the paint and mix the right yellow for them, but obviously that didn't happen.  Seems like it is time to call the county to see if they have any of that special yellow paint left over from the ever constant road work endlessly and yes gratefully going on throughout the island.

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

Links:

Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
www.fws.gov/hanalei

Kauai Forest Birds Recovery Project
www.kauaiforestbirds.org 

Sounds Hawaiian
www.soundshawaiian.com/birds

National Wildlife Federation
www.nwf.org

Kalihiwai Reservoir is a
Certified Wildlife Habitat

Ducks Unlimited
www.ducksunlimited.com

Fishing Notes
www.fishingnotes.com

Hawaii Audubon Society
www.hawaiiaudubon.com

Sierra Club Hawaii
www.sierraclubhawaii.com




Sufi at the helm of Moe Moku