JANUARY 2014


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

KRCA Homeowners
Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
6:00 – 9:30 pm
Kilauea Neighborhood Center

Kalihiwai Ridge homeowners can find official minutes to KRCA Board of Directors meetings by setting up their own Account Log In at
www.associaonline.com.  They can assist you in getting your 7 digit homeowner 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 e-mail the day before the meetings are held every other month.


My Impressions

January 15, 2014

The annual meeting took place January 15, 2014 after some hours of motions made and discussion of the meeting rules where we then got on with the Election of Directors. There were four openings for the KRCA Board of Directors and the results were:

Maggie Lea 99.333
Dan Shook 99.166
Bob Butler 88.333
Parker Croft 87.166

After the election the yearly officers were elected as follows:

Bob Butler
President 2017
Dan Shook
Vice President 2017
Maggie Lea
Secretary 2017
Bob Turchyn
Treasurer 2015
John Donatoni
Dam Committee 2016
Skylar Brown
Director 2016
Parker Croft
Director 2015

I look forward to serving our community in the years ahead by being a part of the KRCA Board of Directors in the current capacity of Secretary where I will make every effort to keep you all informed of the meetings via the minutes and continuing with My Impressions each month of any other noteworthy news here on the website.

Until we meet again.

Aloha,
Maggie Lea



January 29, 2014

The rainy day began exploring our ditch system with neighbors and the blockage found upstream from a 500 foot tunnel, crossing under two lots and flowing into a bordering jungle of guava plum. The dense vegetation was a challenge getting through where we found a back up like a beaver's dam, high water line on one side, nearly dry on the other. No water was entering the lake for the first time we had ever seen in nearly 20 years of our shared experience.

The first KRCA meeting with the new board was reflective of our community blockages and a need to open up the conversation among the members and the board. It was a time of much open expression and sharing, some new ideas, clarifications, and no motions made but to adjourn the meeting. All but one agreed 10:08 pm was a good time to stop after four hours of sometimes heated and sometimes too personal exchanges.

It was an evening reflective of our new KRCA President Bob Butler's opening remarks. He expressed how we had all moved to Kaua'i to have a peaceful quality of life. That here at Kalihiwai Ridge different opinions needed to be heard with transparency as the goal. The early Hawaiian culture had been one of acceptance. Their culture opened to the early explorers, the whalers and missionaries (1819-20), then the developing businesses created an agricultural plantation lifestyle. This brought the immigration of the Chinese (1852), Japanese (1860), Portuguese (1880), Puerto Rican (1900), Koreans (1903), Filipino (1907), Samoans (1919), and eventually even the surfer invasion of the early 1970's to the present day.

Bob shared it is our kuleana to show this same acceptance of one another here at Kalihiwai Ridge. We have a new board with a new direction that requires we trust our previous boards all had good intentions. We are not to fall into rehashing everything from the past by looking back, but by going forward, being respectful of one another, understanding we all have our own valid opinions, and staying focused on our current issues.

Let us all begin this new day in peace, until we meet again.

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