MARCH 2014

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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KRCA Homeowners
Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
6:00 – 9:00 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  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

Our board meeting went from five hours the previous month to just less than four hours this one so we are getting more done in a shorter period of time.  I hope it is a good sign.  The new Dam Committee met with the neighbors concerning the drainage issue that deteriorates the access road at the entrance.  There is finally a fix on the way to install a new construction grade access road in the very near future up to the first entrance gate for now where it is most urgently needed for a safer and easier access.  We are having trouble getting bids for the job however, as we have been promising this fix for years now so the guys that push dirt around don't believe it is going to happen.  Can't say as I blame them.  Time will tell.

Three of us attended the Hawaii Dam Safety seminar and apparently it costs $12,700 to even do the bid that bids the cost of decommissioning the dam and then another bid is needed to cost out remediation of the dam itself, so now we have that dilemma to face.  More studies are needed so bids are going out for a S&S Study with the H&H Study submitted to the DLNR 3-3-14.  It is getting like alphabet soup!

KR's current storage capacity has always been in conflict and doesn't seem to concern DLNR one way or another.  Our hazard risk status is high regardless as are 80% of the dams on Hawaii.  Because we now have people living and recreating downstream where there could be one loss of life that is actually the main criteria for being deemed a high risk dam.  It has little to do with whether the dam is safe or not. 

We have our two year inspection tour coming up with DLNR Dam Safety Engineer Denise Manuel coming out on 4-16-14 so more to report next month.  We have found out from more estimates and reliable sources that if the preferred solution becomes to widen the spillway it would not be studied, planned, permitted, constructed, inspected, and signed off with DLNR approvals of having a satisfactory status dam for consistently holding a full pool until early 2017, not late 2015 like we had hoped.  That was very disappointing news to say the least.  But meanwhile I have a new top for my boat and intend to have a lovely time out on the lake this weekend in-between our ongoing March rain showers. 

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