JANUARY 2012


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson
KRCA Homeowners
Board of Directors Meeting
 
February 15, 2012
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

64% of our neighbors were represented on Monday night, 27% by proxy.  A summary of the KRCA Board of Directors activities for 2011 was presented by the President Parker Croft and thanks given to those attending and coming on a regular basis to the monthly KRCA Homeowners Board of Directors Meetings.  It is by staying involved in this way that we can move forward with all deliberate speed to achieve our common goals.  Three board members were re-elected to three year terms for Bill Booth, Jr and Bob Turchyn and a two year term for Steve Mickle with 117 votes cast.  The 2012 budget was approved by a 38.25 vote for and 21.85 vote against that will result in a $977 yearly association fee.  Approval was voted on by the board for the creation of a Nominating Committee as well as still being able to take nominations from the floor at the annual meeting.

Parker Croft
Bob Turchyn
Stacie Nelson
Steve Mickle
Earl Simpson
John Donatoni
Bill Booth, Jr
President
Secretary
Treasurer
Insurance
Dam Comm
Nom Comm
Member
2014
2015
2014
2014
2013
2013
2015

With the budget passed there can now be bids taken for the much needed work on the lake lot access road up to the second gate and start the first phase of the engineering studies required by the DLNR Dam Safety Program. The road will allow weekly safe access for inspection and maintenance, protect our liability and help continue our insurability, and greatly improve the access for all members of KRCA to enjoy and use the lake.  

This common area isn't valued by all equally, just as in nearby condominium complexes where everyone pays the same association fee not everyone uses the pool, club house, tennis courts, or golf course.  But the lake is nonetheless there for all of us to go fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, bird watching, use as a great destination to walk your dogs or horses, or to just come sit while enjoying the magnificent views reflected at lakeside not seen anywhere else.  This historical water storage facility for the farmers downstream and state listed wetland habitat and preserve for our endangered Hawaiian waterbirds is also a very valuable part of our Kilauea community and calls for our ongoing responsible stewardship.

A number of questions were raised by members present that can now be presented to the board at their monthly meetings for open discussion. This ongoing dialogue will help clarify how we all can continue to move forward to create a healthy growing community and hopefully be able to preserve our common asset for now and future generations of new homeowners to come.

Finally,
February 2 of every year is World Wetlands Day
www.ramsar.org 
because wetlands work for us, we need to work for wetlands!  In Hawaii Kawainui and Hamakua Marsh Complex and Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge are listed in the 30 US designated sites. Bolinas Lagoon in California is another listed site that Saim has painted for many years now with a 48x60 oil painting hanging in our home to remind us of the importance of wetland habitats throughout the world.

Aloha, Maggie Lea

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