MARCH 2013

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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KRCA Homeowners
Board of Directors Meeting
May 15, 2013
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

We gathered again, the same nine neighbors, to discuss the agenda of storage containers full of the history of KRCA's business needing to be digitalized into the 21st Century and removed so some of these fees can be retired.  Member dues in arrears of more than 10% of an Association causes the banks not to lend money on the Association properties, which means on Kalihiwai Ridge with 20% of our parcels for sale this has become a serious problem to us all who may want to sell now, in the future or refinance.  A collection agency may have to be considered with the names and amounts owed publicly listing those 13.85% of our neighbors who are not paying their dues, some for many years now.  

The culvert work being done by the County at the diminished tree tunnel is going very well and clear water instead of muddy runoff will now stream into Kalihiwai River after a storm and go out to sea so as not to endanger our fragile reefs at Kalihiwai Bay and beyond.  Not to mention the dangerous trees being removed permanently all along our road for our driving safety.  Repaving our road will not happen until maybe as late as 2016, but perhaps we might finally get a yellow line?
We have $157,189 in operating cash and $35,237 owed in accounts receivable.  Two Mutual of Omaha reserve accounts will be opened for a general operating reserve and a lake lot reserve so funds don't get commingled and lost to expenses not collected for.  The water use easement language needs to be reviewed by a committee to be formed and headed by Bob with a possible reduction of the KRCA Board to seven members, either done at the annual meeting or perhaps sooner.  No one had any opinion about the new fruit stand going in at Kuhio Highway and John is getting bids on a H&H dam study from Honolulu and mainland firms.  By next meeting we should have a number of firms to chose from that may include studying the stability of the dam as well.  He will check with DLNR about the details they will need and whether doing both studies at the same time is more efficient.  

Some members have seen high water bills and it was suggested you check to make sure your water meters are working properly and compare serial numbers on your bill to see if any have been changed out without your knowledge.  We have had our first break-in robbery on the lake with $5,000 of jewelry stolen, even with a large guard dog present on the property.  Also, a reminder it is not lawful to use firearms to kill the pigs or anything else here on the ridge.  Much gun shot has been heard and using firearms is not permitted here in our Kalihiwai Ridge neighborhood.  

Spring has arrived after a dry winter.  Enjoy the glorious warmer weather until we meet again.

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