"Adopt the pace of nature:
her secret is patience."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
KRCA Board of Directors
January 3, 2018 from 6:30 9:30 pm
Kilauea Neighborhood Center
KRCA has contracted with Hawaiiana Management Company who has a Kalihiwai Ridge website access code of:
Agendas and meeting minutes will be posted on this new site along with all our documents that can now be reviewed by the public.
The KRCA Board of Directors Meeting was attended by all seven board members, Sunshine taking the minutes, and three members. I announced the annual all day Christmas Bird Count information for December 23rd to be held at the Hanalei or Kilauea Refuges, as posted on this KR website's home page. I then stayed for the Dam Committee report. It seems the reports are now shared by email with the board members only and then just discussed if anyone has questions so you don’t know what is in the reports until posted on the website a month later after they have been approved.
However, there were some additional new questions raised and discussion about the KR project as posted on their Consent Agenda. There is always standing water at the toe of the dam on the Northeast side of the KR. Whether this water needs to flow at all or flow East or West when the area has only a 15” fall was discussed. Part of the final plan will need to address this question. It was then determined to get a needed survey of possibly the Conservation boundaries and the West side of Lake Lot 3 that borders with Lots 11, 12, and 13 where the beach area currently is.
This West side survey with stakes in the ground will give us a visual boundary of where grading could be done to reshape the bottom of the lakebed to hold water there if the lake is remediated to a 11’ 6” level. Hopefully we could someday have water go up to these lot boundaries to give the feel and function of having a full recreational lake once again. The excess dirt would maybe make a second island or be distributed elsewhere as part of the plan for a new spillway that will hopefully all be designed with price estimates given at the KRCA Annual Meeting on March 27, 2018.
At that meeting the membership will take a third survey of what their Preferred Solution would be to provide guidance for the board and EHs to then approve a specific plan going forward with review of the project submitted to various agencies, construction plans submitted to obtain permits from DLNR, the lake drained again for construction to be completed, inspections, and a final Dam Safety Certificate of Approval to Impound water in the remediated 100 year old Kalihiwai Reservoir finally obtained. Timelines for all this are still unknown as the chief engineer is out of the country and resuming contact with him has been a challenge.
This board will meet three more times in 2018 on January 3 and 31, February 28, and then have the KRCA Annual Meeting on March 27, 2018. The Dam Committee was going to meet with the EHs again on November 30, 2017. Overall it feels like a slow unfolding to just design a plan so that next year I hope we can come to a Preferred Solution as required by the Settlement Agreement of 2012, agreed to over five years ago. Patience and perseverance are certainly qualities required for this project to ever be completed.
Until we meet again.
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
Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
Kauai Forest Birds Recovery Project
National Wildlife Federation
Kalihiwai Reservoir is a
Certified Wildlife Habitat
Hawaii Audubon Society
Sierra Club Hawaii
Sufi at the helm of Moe Moku