SEPTEMBER 2012


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson
KRCA Homeowners
Board of Directors Meeting
October 17, 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

Parker Croft will be attending a Land & Water Use Hawaiian Law Conference in Honolulu to help gain knowledge valuable for interfacing with the DLNR and Engineering consultants as we proceed with our dam inspections and resulting studies needed in the future for any required remediations. He will report back his findings and it will be determined then if he will be reimbursed for the $500 costs of attending the conference.

Skylar Brown was nominated and approved to be a member of the KRCA Board of Directors until January 2013 to fill the last vacant position on the board. He worked as a California Architect for twenty five years before building his home here in 2005. He wants to see fair and justifiable resolutions using accurate data in settling issues that come before the board. He has had extensive experience in California working cooperatively with many agencies and government bureaucracies and wants to support our unique and exceptionally planned community.

The final Settlement Agreement between the KRCA and our water use easement holders has been signed by all parties and will be posted on the Certified Management KRCA website by September 21, 2012. As of the end of August, working from a $177,018 annual budget we have $109,825 operating cash and $28,225 in accounts receivable. The Civility House Rule was passed that all members or board members causing undo disruption at the meetings will have the incident reported and the person or persons offending named in the meeting minutes when their behavior is called out of order.

The Dam Committee report indicated that the low level of the reservoir has been due to low rainfall this summer and a blow out in the ditch system, which is in need of repair. It has been difficult to find the problem due to excess weeds as spraying is no longer being done in the ditch system as it was custom in the plantation days. Jack will be out with a crew on October 1st to repair the ditch and inspect any other areas needing attention, including the stone dam breech across from the tunnel. Hand work for clearing the spillway or lake side of smaller debris will be done before the November rains and John called for volunteers to help with this by next month. Gordon volunteered from last meeting was approved to be an additional member of the Dam Committee.

Reminder of the KRCA member's Dam Potluck Party coming up Sunday September 30th at 5 pm at Sterling and Frances' property was announced. Help will be needed in setting up that afternoon with those attending bringing a chair, what you want to drink and a food item following the list above based on the beginning letter of your last name. This will be an opportunity for us all to enjoy the beauty of the lake as the full moon brings light to our evening of neighbors getting to know each other in our beautiful community's setting. I intend to have my boat Moe Moku at Sterling's shoreline to offer rides on the lake and my kayak nearby in our inlet for any twosome who would like to paddle out. Hope to see you all there!

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