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KRCA Board of Directors
Homeowners Meeting

September 26, 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:

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

KRCA Board of Directors

Jim Gair, President, Dam Committee
Troy Rutherford, Vice President, Dam Committee
Maggie Lea, Secretary, Dam Committee Chairperson
Bert Lyon, Treasurer
John Donatoni, Dam Committee
Maka`ala Ka`aumoana, Dam Committee
Bob Butler

We invite all our KRCA members to come to the monthly board meetings at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center to get more details of what is happening within our community as we continue to work through the process necessary to achieve all the required safety improvements to the Kalihiwai Reservoir (KR) as we monitor and work with the County to rebuild and hopefully resurface the County’s Kahiliholo Road.  

The 500 Year Storm of April 14-15, 2018 has impacted the North shore like nothing we have seen since Iniki hit on 9/11/92.  It is time we implement lasting changes to our local infrastructure and for that we thank each one of you for your patience and understanding as we work through the system to see that our community's needs are kept as an urgent priority.  We know that 500-600 residents and many more service personnel and tourists are affected by our Road Closed status.

Drive Slow (15 MPH) & Stay Safe!

The Kahiliwai Reservoir Remediation Project (KRRP)

The Kalihiwai Reservoir Remediation Project (KRRP) is underway and we have signed a contract with Ka`iwa Construction to finish phase one and two of the project by the Fall of 2019.  This of course will depend on good weather and the submission and approval of our County waiver and several other DLNR/BLNR required agency reviews.  When all those approvals are received we can get started with phase one, which is to rebuild the dam embankments and install the rock toe drain at the base of the dam on the North side.  Then in phase two the new spillway will be constructed.

Meanwhile the KR is being kept at a safety drain of about 8’6” average water level compared to our final level of 11’6” on recommendation by our engineer of record Paul Weber and DLNR.  Ka`iwa Construction has installed the temporary construction grade road on the crest of the dam to safely handle the needed heavy equipment to finish phase one and two.  Phase three would then be to excavate the West, SE and SW beach areas to allow for more water storage and recreational water surface area while filling the old spillway once the new one is functional.

Our KRCA Dam Committee is meeting monthly with our water use easement holders from Wai Koa Plantation and Common Ground and we are grateful for their continued partnership and the agreement they have come to with the County to allow us to use their private property for access to our homes in the months ahead as all this repair and remediation work continues well into 2019.

Dam Crest Road

The Bypass Road

The bypass road through Wai Koa and Common Ground is being maintained monthly by the County and our gravel road is growing courtesy and patience in us all these last three months as we take turns to pass each other on this one lane road.  We are assessing the traffic volume as the road degrades quickly when we have had rains so additional potholes form causing increase damage to cars and added concern for safety, both in getting in and out of Kalihiwai Ridge and for emergency response time for ambulance and fire if that were needed. As long as it stays dry and the gravel gets replaced we are managing as best we can and thankful we have an alternate route during this emergency.

Kahiliholo Road Closure

Our Kahiliholo Road closure is also proving more complicated than one might think.  Even though the State released $25M out of $31.2M in flood relief funds for infrastructure repair on Kaua`i there are 90 projects islandwide applying for those funds with applications required now be made to FEMA for 75% reimbursement out of the $100M destined for Kauai`i, causing potential added delays.  Our pre-caste concrete culvert repair is a case in point.  We have to go through the same process for all areas damaged on the island, i.e. bidding projects, awarding contracts, engineering the fix, building the concrete culvert up to code for our particular project, curing the culvert for transport, installation, utility repair and re-installation, construction of the new road, inspections along the way, you get the picture.  

It is going to take a lot more time than the August date given to us initially.  As Mayor Carvalho said on April 16, 2018 “We’ve got a long road ahead of us.”  Meaning we are in a long term transition in order to get back to normal.  Lyle Tabata the Acting County Engineer and Mike Tresler the Acting Deputy Engineer came to our KRCA meeting July 25th to report they thought the lowest bid for the project would be approved by the end of August with a required 90 day completion date for the end of November, weather permitting.  

The County will be resurfacing Kuawa Road, even though it is privately owned, taking about four months to finish sometime later this year when they know FEMA will approve the project for reimbursement.  Lyle will let us know when Kahiliholo Road is scheduled for resurfacing within the next ten years or sooner.  Most roads last 10 years and ours is 30 years old, no longer having a middle yellow dividing line for safety.  The traffic volume and it not having a significant destination to a hospital, school, or other significant public use is what has kept it off the immediate list for all these years.  

They thanked us for our patience throughout this process and would stay in touch with Jim regarding their progress in completing these two road projects.  Meanwhile they will continue to maintain the Bypass Road and seek an extension with the private property owners to allow for usage until the Kahiliholo Road is opened. 

Kahiliholo Road Closed

Ag Pipe

Underground Stream to Hwy Waterfall End of Road

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