MARCH 2019

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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KRCA Board of Directors
Homeowners Meeting

July 31, 2019
6:30 – 8:30 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.

My Impressions

We are contracting with engineers at Gannett Fleming to re-design our Kalihiwai Reservoir Remediation Project (KRRP) and have them re-submit a completed Dam Safety Permit application package, hopefully to be done by end of 2019.  It will take about nine months for DSP approval for construction to begin, hopefully in the summer of 2020 to then take another 6-7 months to complete.  It has been a long and winding road to get to this stage of being able to have confidence the KR lake can someday be safely fixed and filled.  It has been over six years since the 2012 Settlement Agreement with the water use easement holders was signed, so once we have an approved DSP that will take over as our guiding document of how to proceed with the KR remediation project itself.

The Kahiliholo Road will open by March 2019 and then Kuawa Road will be resurfaced after our year of using it as part of our bypass road to Kuhio Highway.  Wai Koa Plantation and Common Ground private properties have been opened to us this last year since the storm on 4-15-18 and we are most appreciative we have had this alternate route to take in and out of our community, which was cut off from the highway at the washed out curve on Kahiliholo.  Then in 2021 our road will finally get all resurfaced and perhaps we will even get back our double yellow line we have talked about for 20 years.  Island life is indeed slow as we wait for over two more years to see our common area and road restored.  

In this two year time period the staff at Wai Koa will repair the Stone Dam damaged in the April 2018 storm and then proceed to restoring the ditch system that feeds into both Stone Dam and the Kalihiwai Reservoir (KR).  This will insure water will continually flow into the two facilities for years to come.  The community can then once again enjoy the Wai Koa Loop Trail for hiking to Stone Dam and use the KR for boating, fishing, and bird watching as we return our local/common areas back to safe and useful recreational facilities.  That will be a time to celebrate!

Until we meet again.

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


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