APRIL 2012

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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KRCA Homeowners
Board of Directors Meeting
May 16, 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

Sixteen homeowners gather, hearing first from our President Parker Croft that he is on the board of Anaina Hou (a new gathering) to provide service to the community and is supported by our KRCA board members for his work on these charitable matters, with what they feel is the added benefit of his building a positive relationship with our water use easement holders. Wai Koa is a separate 450 acre, 43 homesite, Stone Dam - Flume System, community garden and green house facility he is not involved with, nor does he vote on any of their issues. How much water from Kalihiwai Reservoir is used by the 15 acre Anaina Hou property was raised by a homeowner for further research as an appearance of a conflict of interest could continue to pose problems for some of the homeowners of KRCA.

The 2012 KRCA Maintenance Fees have been collected from 80% or 144 properties for a total of $71,698 with operating cash of $110,633 and accounts receivable of $36,031. No money has been spent on the lake lot at this time.

Concern was raised about trimming the private property tree tunnel (half on Wai Koa property) and the need for resurfacing of Kahiliholo Road. Since our road is one way in and out, coupled with our high tax base, it seems reasonable we would get a better proportion of our tax dollars spent on keeping our road in better condition and that it is time for a complete resurfacing. Ed Renaud Chief of Field Operations and Maintenance for Road Construction and Maintenance for the Department of Public Works has been contacted and others need to call him as well at 241-4845. Follow up with Hanalei Police 826-6214 via Chief Darryl Perry at 241-1600 to enforce our speed limit on a more consistent basis was also discussed.

As far as the Dam Committee report, 800,000 to 1 MG of water is coming into the lake when we have rain and Porter and Bridgewater Irrigation are using 700,000 each day. The DLNR will have their yearly inspection on May 8th and by then we will have cleared the spillway, mowed both sides of the dam and put a chain across the spillway with a danger sign installed to keep any hikers from going further into the falls area. The engineering studies to see if the dam can continue to hold water and determine costs of the spillway and dam being refined will come in approximately another year.

A homeowner suggested with Porter and Bridgewater Irrigation getting $800,000 worth of yearly perpetual water use, as reported by the yearly DLNR and Water Board figures, and an estimated additional $3 million in deferred costs for the Porter fire suppression facility required by using Kalihiwai Reservoir water, these ongoing benefits as compared to our recreational use of the lake lot should be considered in the board's conversation with the water use easement holders in creating the new Deal Points Memo.

It was finally made clear that the homeowners will not have a vote regarding this memo. It is a conversation between the board and our two water use easement holders with the board elected to represent the homeowners and only the board votes on this aspect of the negotiation as it is still tied to litigation, even though that has been placed on a stay status. The board is interested in hearing from homeowners our comments and questions, but not in debating the issues at the board of directors meetings. They will debate among themselves and represent the entire membership with facts and concerns collected over time what is best for the future of the KRCA lake lot asset as reflected in the DPM. They are not renegotiating the water use easement holder agreements at this time.

On a final note, the Olanalan kennel is being built and the dogs are staying quiet in anticipation of moving into their new home soon. Thanks was given to all for their help in resolving this matter so successfully!

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


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