JUNE 2014

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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KRCA Homeowners
Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, July 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
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

The business of KRCA is getting done and the water use easement holders met this month on the dam with three KRCA board members, including yours truly, to begin the process of determining the scope of work that can be done now under maintenance. Bids are being obtained to clear the West side embankment which will reveal what needs to be done for DLNR inspection of the down slope and eventual filling of the ditch that has been there for decades. An added benefit for our members is this clearing will reveal an amazing view of Kalihiwai Valley and the ocean and sunset views all the way to Hanalei.

Taking out large albizia trees in the spillway will insure the area stays clear. Additional clearing of the blockage in the area North of the dam will release water in the seepage pond and make sure it no longer holds water at the toe of the dam. Bids are coming in to also finally repair the access road this summer during the dry season when such work can be done more easily. To finally have safe and easy pedestrian access to the dam will be much appreciated by many members of our community.

There are dozens of Nene living at the lake now and though fewer Coots are being seen the Moorhen population seems to be somewhat stable in some of the inlets. The fishing is a challenge as with the low water level there is starting to be a summer die off and some fish are being caught with deformities, which indicates the main water source now coming from the inlets is not clean enough to warrant safe eating of whatever fish are caught. Therefore, I would recommend you catch and release or certainly eat any fish caught at your own risk.

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