MARCH 2015

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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KRCA Homeowners
Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:30 – 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  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 month.

My Impressions

The sandbags went back up at the Outlet Works #2 on Monday and it started to rain on Thursday after our KRCA meeting last night on 2-25-15. There are a few more things to get done on the dam before we can refill in earnest, but we are almost there. The intake ditch was walked and found to be clear of debris with the diversion gate opened up to allow water back into the lake with it down to a low of under 7' since November 2014. 

The upstream borehole site needs to be configured back to the way it was with compacted fill and the outflow ditch needs to be opened and cleared for maximum safety.  When this is done the refilling plan can begin by allowing one foot rise per day until the lake is back up to full pool 15'.  It then needs to stay at this static level for a minimum of two weeks for the Seepage Study readings to be taken daily with what we hope is then only a partial lowering for additional readings to then refill the lake in May to await completion of Phase II of the project.

This would involve designing a wider spillway for permitting of a construction project that will include the reconfiguration of the up and downstream embankments to a 3:1 slope for easier mowing and more dam stability.  Ongoing seepage monitoring and maintaining a full lake would be the order of the day going forward once the S&S Study is done, if this becomes the accepted preferred solution as spelled out in our Settlement Agreement of 2012 signed with our easement holders. 

What a joy it would be to have a consistent water level for the wildlife that live and breed at lakeside.  A growing number of Nene have been sighted recently, living and breeding here at the lake.  DLNR has been out to tag new birds and distribute flyers to make sure dogs are kept on lease and cats stay inside as much as possible during this spring and summer breeding season.  The new goslings are very vulnerable their first 3-4 months of life before they can fly.  It's important to have Dogs on leash, Cats inside!

Until we meet again.


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