DECEMBER 2021


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KRCA Board of Directors
Homeowners Meeting:

Date TBA @ 6:30 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 results are in and a new seven member KRCA Board of Directors has been elected to start meeting in December 2021 or January 2022 - TBA.

Three year terms:
Doug Britt - 2025
Elizabeth Letcher - 2025
Dan Shook - 2025

Two year terms:
Pam Burrell - 2024
John Donatoni - 2024

Once year terms:
John Hendrix - 2023
Sam Jones - 2023

The collective guidance from the KRCA membership was to remove the dam and no longer have the Kalihiwai Reservoir be under the regulatory supervision of DLNR.  This process can now proceed with the cooperation of the two water use easement holders, Porter Irrigation and Common Ground Utilities.  

Lake Lot 3 is currently a recreational common area for KRCA members and after a notch is put in the dam and water is drained to go out to the Kalihiwai River on a continual basis the remaining 36 acre open space lakebed area will be returned to its natural wetland habitat and only 2MG will be allowed to remain as a shallow wildlife pond, with 22 acres remaining as conservation.

Currently the lake has been at a 7’ safety drain for three and a half years since the storm of April 15, 2018 with water continually going out the removed Outlet Works #2 that has become a cleared discharge channel.  The spillway runs when the lake is at 14’6”.  With this safety drain creating a larger freeboard at the dam face it would only be used again during another 500 year storm of at least 50” of rain dumped in 24 hours.

Several years of work is now left to be done to achieve the new preferred solution of dam removal and have KRCA be reimbursed by the two water use easement holders all they owe for the engineering costs so far.  I wish this new board the very best as they do this important work on behalf of the KRCA membership.

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