Kilauea, Kauai is the most northern inhabited point in the Hawaiian island chain. It’s just us humans and thousands of seabirds soaring above the cliffs and the lighthouse at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.
With its shoulders wrapped in a green shawl of rain forest and its toes dipped in the big, blue Pacific Kilauea is irresistably beautiful. This town was established around the Kilauea Sugar Plantation in 1877. The families who worked and lived here chose not to forget the close bond of a small community as the plantation faded away. Besides a propensity towards including new neighbors in pick-up softball games, driving around town with an Ukelele band in a flatbed truck singing joyfully at Christmas and cleaning up beaches together we gather monthly to discuss more serious but no less entertaining issues.
So as the sun sets and you are faced with the fact that this is a rural community without many night life options, consider a gathering that takes place on the first Tuesday of every month just after sunset. Come join us at the monthly KNA meeting and connect with your neighbors.
I recently met with Superintendent William Arakaki and expressed our desire to get a public middle/high school built on the Northshore. He was receptive to my outreach and suggested that I put together a packet of letters of support for the school that he would then take to the Department of Education in Honolulu.
Toward that end, I would greatly appreciate letters on behalf of the KNA Board as well as letters from parents, students, community organizations such as Rotary, the Lions, Zonta, etc. Letters should be addressed to Superintendent William Arakaki, Department of Education, Kauai District, 3060 Ewa Street, Room 305, Lihue HI 96766 and should be forwarded to me at 5080 Napo’okala Circle, Princeville, HI 96722 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org…. I hope to have this packet put together by mid March for hand delivery to Superintendent Arakaki. (Please send the letters addressed to Superintendent Arakaki to me rather than directly to him as I believe that it will be more efficient to have the packet already compiled for him in lieu of individual letters.) Any assistance that you could give me in collecting these letters would be greatly appreciated.
Up for business is a discussion on the proposed stoplight for Kilauea town. Come join the discussion or choose to sit back and let the state decide your future for you. Here is a primer for the February meeting.
The state department of transportation is proposing the installation of a stoplight at the intersection of Kolo road and Kuhio Highway to improve safety and traffic flow at the entrance to Kilauea. This is a complicated and sensitive issue among community members. The discussion at the January KNA meeting on the subject included these various comments, questions and suggestions.
- What happens if the light doesn’t solve the traffic problem or makes it worse. Does DOT have a back up plan?
- A round-about was suggested instead of a light. Comments; It takes 5-10 years to plan, the state has never installed one anywhere, it is very expensive to build, there may not be enough room to install one.
- Suggestion; Install a light (permanent or temporary) and continue to plan and budget for a round-about.
- Require future developers to finance the round-about.
- Kolo road residents objected to the light fearing it would increase traffic past their homes as people detoured to avoid the light.
- Suggestions to follow the original town plan and retain the concept of changing the main entrance to Kilauea as a location 4 or 5 hundred yards west of the Kolo road intersection.
- A suggestion to work with Roy McCormack of the DOT because he was likely to listen to the communities concerns.
- Suggestion; Lower the speed limit on the approach and through the Kilauea town area.
- Question; what is the specific problem the street light is supposed to be solving? Highway traffic, cars leaving Kilauea and turning right or left? etc.
- Suggestion; Priority is traffic calming and there are a host of additional strategies besides a street light.
- Suggestion; the KNA should request a copy of the DOT traffic study for Kilauea. (posted 1/20//2015)
A political candidate forum at the Kilauea School Cafeteria. Don’t miss the last forum before the primary election!
August 6th between 6 and 9 pm the mayoral candidates will be at the podium. And on Thursday evening, August 7th between 6 and 9 pm we will have the county council candidates presenting positions and taking questions. This event is sponsored by Kilauea Neighborhood Association, Kilauea School PTSA and the Hanalei to Ha‘ena Community Association. This event is open to the public.
Coming to Kilauea in August Saturday seminar: Preserving Ancient Public Access. Don’t miss this valuable gathering of our public access brain trust.
Saturday, August 16th, 9am – 5pm at the new Kauai Christian Academy Gym on Lighthouse road in Kilauea. Here is a link detailing the experts who will speak and take questions on the subject; Info flier2
Kilauea Outreach Day this August 8th many organizations are coming here to offer help. A large assortment of outreach organizations are coming to the Kilauea Neighborhood Center on Friday, August 8th between 9am and 11am to help people in need of assistance with various health and economic related issues. Click here for a thorough list of the organizations and agencies that are reaching out to help Kilauea community members. Kilauea Outreach Day. Phone numbers and organizational leaders names are provided so you can call them now if you like. If you can not attend the August assembly try Friday September 12 or Friday October 10. Same time of morning at the same location.
Kilauea Agricultural Park Public meeting this Sunday, June 29th 2014 at 5 pm in the Kilauea Neighborhood Center the board of the Kilauea Agricultural Park will bring the community up to speed on the organizational progress toward one major step in recapturing and maintaining the agricultural roots of our Kilauea community. Ag Park public Meeting flyer.pages, plus the Update again.
Tomorrow at noon there will be a ceremony to celebrate the unvieling of a new sign off the highway on Kauai Mini Golf land. Here is a county Press Release explaining the new program.
The sign signifies the Hawaiian Moku or region of KO’OLAU – HALELE’A. In a collaboration between private and public groups and the Mayors administration the Mokupuni of Kauai are enjoying a re-introduction to our island society. Community members are invited to bring pū (conch shells) to blow as part of the ceremony.
Please see below for information regarding the ceremony protocol, locations of each Moku sign, and parking for the event.
Protocol for the Blessing Ceremony & Unveiling of Moku Signage:
12 noon: Blowing of pū (conch shells) 6 (six) times (to represent the 6 moku of Kaua’i County) towards Mt. Wai’ale’ale;
- Oli (chant) for Kaua’i, the Moku and/or Kaua’i’s ali’i;
- Speech offered by a Dignitary of the Community;
- Unveiling of the Moku sign;
- Ho’okupu (offering) by the community;
- Blowing of pū to end the ceremony
Date: May 30, 2014, Friday
Time: 12 noon
KO’OLAU – HALELE’A
Location: Kaua’i Mini Golf Park also known as Aina Hou
Parking: Mauka (mountain) side of Kūhiō Highway. Please park at the Kaua’i Mini Golf Park and walk to the moku sign. All participants need to stay 10 ft. inland of Kūhiō Highway.
Ko’olau’s plant icon is the flower of the koko’olau (also known as ko’oko’olau). It is easy to see why this plant would be chosen for this moku by simply noticing it’s name, but koko’olau is a widely used medicinal plant. It is made into tea and has medicinal properties and is used in a variety of ways for healing. This is a very useful plant that through ingenuity hundreds of years ago became highly valued.Referred to as an i’a (fish) in Hawaiian, the ula, or spiny lobster, is highly prized as food. It’s delicate life and spawning cycle should remind us about the need for self control and proper management of natural resources around the island through lāhui, or temporary restriction periods.
The color is a cross between red (‘ula’ula, like the name of this fish) and purple, Kaua’i’s designated color since the late 1940s.
We will have a beach access meeting at my house at 3007 Kaohe Rd on Monday, May 5th to discuss the County Council site visit to Kahu Aina (April 30th). The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend.