DECEMBER 2014


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

KRCA Homeowners
Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, December 17, 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

It is the end of another year and we are inching closer to a preferred solution of restoring the Kalihiwai Reservoir for generations to come. There are some steps to take in the process that require expert coordination and study, but the result I trust will eventually be a stable water level and safe water storage no matter what that unpredictable 100 year storm event might bring down from the skies and mountains. We will be ready for whatever the future brings with a well maintained facility our community can be proud of.

Each member of Kalihiwai Ridge can know some of their treasure has been responsibly used to secure a stable wildlife sanctuary for the endangered species living here on our lake. A road and pedestrian pathway has been installed leading to some of the best views anywhere on the ridge to be shared and enjoyed with friends and family. Benches and picnic tables will be placed on the dam and I anticipate a 100 year anniversary party to celebrate in 2020 the hard work that has gone into building this reservoir in the first place back in 1920, and its restoration now 100 years later.

Repair of the mid-level outflow is yet to be done, then the Seepage Study starts after the Refilling Plan is put in place to systematically monitor the return of the lake to a full pool 15' on the stick. Solutions are being decided on this January in partnership with our Easement Holders, the Engineers from Arcadis, and the DLNR to make sure the reservoir once again can hold water. The intake ditch can then be cleared again and the gate boards replaced so the water from the Pohakuhonu Stream can once again enter the lake to refresh the fish population for those who enjoy our catch and release fishing off the shoreline by the dam or out on the lake by boat.

My boat is tied up away from our inlet which is just dirt for now, but I had a great surprise the other day when I went down to do some water bailing and repairs. Big Orange was swimming next to my boat. It is a GIANT orange koi fish placed in the water years ago now who has grown to well over three feet. With no cover anywhere but under my boat it seems he likes it there now. The kids on the lake see him as our very own Loch Ness Monster. I had thought for sure he had died by now with the lake so low, but no, he is still swimming!

Our Homeowner's Annual Meeting is coming up January 14, 2015 and I hope for a good turn out as is usually the case. We have two openings on the Board with lots to finish over the next three years. Some are optimistic we can finish all that needs to get done in less time than that, but I am just happy to see how slow and steady can win the race. We have come further this year than could have been imagined years ago so that is indeed something. May your lives be moving towards all good things as well as having a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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