MARCH 2018


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her secret is patience."

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KRCA Board of Directors
Homeowners Meeting

April 2, 2018 and April 25, 2018
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Kilauea Neighborhood Center

KRCA has contracted with Hawaiiana Management Company who has a Kalihiwai Ridge website access code of:
hmcmgt.com/39484

Agendas and meeting minutes will be posted on this new site along with all our documents that can now be reviewed by the public.





My Impressions

The KRCA Annual Meeting was held last night on March 27, 2018 and 80 units were represented in person or by proxy so a quorum was established to continue the meeting.  They elected a new Board of Directors with the following results in terms of officers the board elected after the Annual Meeting had adjourned with all of their term limits listed below:

Jim Gair President - 2019
Troy Rutherford Vice President - 2021
Maggie Lea Secretary - 2020
Bert Lyon Treasurer - 2021
Maka`ala Kaaumoana Director - 2020
Bob Butler Director - 2020
John Donatoni Director - 2019

They also passed a motion by 43.2% to 15.8% of those present or by proxy to accept the Board of Director’s recommendation to remediate the current dam with a wider pond known as expansion, giving the KR the largest water surface area of 17.7 acres, resulting in the highest operating water level with the current dam of 11’6” on the staff gauge that still provides the adequate 4’ of freeboard required by DLNR.  This water surface area will reflect as close to what the Release, Settlement and Indemnity Agreement of September 18, 2012 stated as keeping the lake at Full Pond to secure our membership’s ability to exercise their access and recreational rights of lake lot 3.  

This vote will now be the direction the new KRCA Board of Directors accepts as the final collective guidance from the membership in order to proceed with the water use Easement Holders an agreement on this as the agreed upon preferred solution to begin the permitting process ASAP.  There will be bids obtained for the required construction of this remediation with expansion following our April 2, 2018 and April 25, 2018 meetings coming up to assign board members to the Dam Committee and Administrative Committee and have the Dam Committee then meet with the EHs this month if at all possible.

It was indicated as a result of much discussion and debate that we would have a lake lot reserve of approximately $536,000 this year with one more yearly assessment needed in 2019 estimated at $1,000 to bring our 1/3 share up to approximately $625,000.  In other words by the time we finish the permitting process we will have our 1/3 share to begin construction with the EHs also paying their 1/3 share, based on firm bids to build a new spillway, excavate the lake bed to expand with a 2 foot water depth on the West and South sides of the reservoir, fill in the old emergency spillway and grass over this area, and strengthen the existing dam to the toe of the dam for proper drainage on the North.

There was interest expressed by the members present to have some kind of water access to the lake once the project was completed in order to more easily have a paddle board or kayak used on the lake for recreation.  The lake itself once filled again will need to be restocked with a variety of fish that have since died off for fishing along the shoreline, and seating of some kind needs to return to the dam to enjoy the view and watching the water birds who live and breed on the lake.  It is hoped when this wetland habitat stabilizes the endangered water birds will return to enjoy this amazing wetland asset once again.  

It is with deep sadness I report that my dog Sufi died on February 15, 2018 never again getting to go boating on the lake these last nearly 4 years.  He was such a loyal and precious friend and was loved by many.

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