OCTOBER 2014


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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KRCA Homeowners
Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 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

All the motions passed in September when I was traveling in Turkey to begin the necessary work on the dam and access road. This work is scheduled to begin in November with the access road repaired and resurfaced, the vegetation cleared by the North and West sides of the dam up to 35 feet out from the toe, the Seepage and Stability Study completed, and more bids for the spillway design to fix or eventually eliminate the need for the mid-level outflow.  This could then be submitted to DLNR for their approval in order to eventually fill the lake back to 15 on the stick someday. This is great progress, now for the follow through.

The challenge to the community will be the need to drain the lake while the S&S Study is completed in November - December. There is such an increase in wildlife living on the lake it is heart wrenching to see their habitat so degraded that you know it will cause these endangered birds a certain amount of stress. But unfortunately it can't be helped. The dam has to be in a dry condition for the core samples to be taken for the study and our only recourse is to drain the lake so this is made possible. The up side to this is the Winter rains will come soon after in January to hopefully refill the lake in a timely way compared to if this were done in the Spring or Summer months.

Having a safe access road for official vehicles and our pedestrian members is long overdue. It will be a great asset for the membership to be able to have this walkway leading to the lakeside and with the vegetation cleared a spectacular view on the dam will reveal Kalihiwai Ridge and the valley below for all to see and perhaps as far as the ocean as well. The spillway project will be the next major design challenge and its modification and restoration will help preserve this community asset for many years to come. It is an exciting year ahead to hopefully see all these improvements completed and the lake restored for everyones enjoyment.

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