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KRCA Board of Directors
Homeowners Meeting

6:30 – 8:30 pm
Zoom or Princeville 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

It has been a year and a half since I last wrote in the newsletter an update of the KR Remediation Project and its progress.  We had our board meeting last night and saw the drawings of what can be expected from the new engineering company Gannett Fleming.  Good news was the soils report was positive for rebuilding the embankments with soil from the West and South beach areas we can excavate to expand the water surface area to look more like a full lake, even though it will be kept at about 11’ 6” compared to 14-15’ from the past.  We will have an 8’ freeboard embankment for safety and a new spillway up to standard for the kind of flooding we have seen on Kaua`i, including like the storm we had on April 15, 2018 that washed out our Kahiliholo Road at the bend.

Designs will be drawn up, the application and permitting process started in 2021, and hopefully construction by 2022.  Six companies are waiting to turn in competitive bids for the final project so hopefully this will all turn into beneficial delay and we will have an inspected and remediated facility that can be issued a DSP to impound water from the DLNR by late 2022.  The KRCA membership can then once again have a common area to use for recreation; boating, fishing, birdwatching, and hiking around the dam with the endangered waterbirds returning as well to live and breed on the lake and in the protected inlets.

Our two water use easement holder partners have new, and sometime to be new owners.  One is Common Ground, heading up a new Food Innovation Center, and the other Wai Koa Plantation is now up for sale with the price recently reduced.  The Stone Dam has been restored and reopened for public use on the Wai Koa Loop Trail, currently a 3 mile hike starting from the North shore Dog Park off of Kahiliholo Road, and is being maintained by the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust so is protected no matter who the new owner might be.

I have a card I keep on my altar at home that reads No Mud No Lotus. I feel confident with our new engineering company and EH partners we will see this KRRP completed by the end of 2022.  The deadline has continually been postponed over the last 5 years especially, but as we enter the new design phase to permitting, construction and inspection, I have faith we will see the KR lake at full pool once again for all to enjoy as was the case for 100 years.

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