Winter 2017 Newsletter
On the behalf of the Board of Directors of Kailapa Community Association, representing the Honokoa community,
I wish you all a very Happy and Safe Holiday season, it has been an honor to serve my community.
– Kailapa Community Association Board of Directors
Honokoa’s 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat Event
The Trunk or Treat Halloween gathering was held Sat., Oct 28 at Sundown. This years event brought more Keiki and Kupuna together than ever before. It was truly awesome to see so many people coming to share this fun filled event. The keiki costume contest had over 40 contestants from all ages. The potluck dinner was fantastic with so much food to share and a beautiful hand made from scratch strawberry cake for Amoo Ching’s birthday by Barbara Nievelle. Mahalo for this event goes out to event committee Amoo Ching & Shari Ann Drummondo.
We are happy to announce that with the support of the golf tournament fundraiser, the HAPA grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation as well as a few other sources, the shade over the playground is planned for installation during the spring of 2018. This will provide the keiki a safer, more comfortable place to play and be protected from the suns harmful rays. We look forward to having the kane help with the installation. If you can help, contact the lead coordinator, Keala Drummondo.
The long awaited Pavilion continues to move forward slowly as our core of volunteers took some time off to recuperate and spend time with their families during the summer break and now we find ourselves are smack in the middle of the Christmas & New Years holidays.
Where are we now? The tape and texturing of the drywall is now completed thanks to Ken Masaki and team from Hilo. We also Mahalo Tommy Silva for taking the lead to get the interior of the building painted. The plumbing is completed, approved by the inspector and toilets are functional, Mahalo to the plumber Vince and to Maryl for installing all the doors, hardware, trims and so much more. The build team is working to finish the handicap ramp and sidewalks before the general contractor steps back in to install the parking area lighting and paving. We encourage everyone who can, to come out and help, even if only to provide some nourishment for the volunteers during the day.
As it is said, Many hands make light work.
(McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.)
As reported in the Fall Newsletter KCA was allocated $500,000 from the State Legislature for Capitol Improvement Projects (CIP), we are happy that the funds have been released by the Governor’s office and are being processed by DHHL to be hopefully released in part to KCA by early next year. The funds will be used to finish the pavilion, including paving the parking lots, installing the lighting, sidewalks , etc. as well to begin the formal planning process to Phase II, resource center.
Honokoa is a certified Fire-Wise community, and we just completed our recertification for 2018 and the fire protection plan. We will be working towards applying for more grants to further protect our community from wildfires. On Dec. 1, a fire was started on Akoni Pule Highway right in the gully near the aquaponics greenhouse. The fire department determined it was most likely the work of an arsonist based on evidence found near the burn site. There were a couple of other fires on the same day along Akoni Pule Highway.
Did you know that embers and small flames is the main way that the majority of homes ignite in wildfires. Embers are burning pieces of airborne wood and/or vegetation that can be carried more than a mile through the wind can cause spot fires and ignite homes, debris and other objects.
What can you do to decrease your risks? (see Home Safety Checklist enclosed)
Kohala Watershed Partnership (KWP) Fencing Project Update
The Kohala Watershed Partnership (KWP) fencing projects around Kailapa and in the uplands continues to be held up in the State Historic Preservation Plan Department. The plan was to decrease the fire risk and decrease erosion which enters into the Honokoa gulch. The KWP secured funding has been extended and we hope that the project delay will be over soon and they can begin working on this very important project for the ‘āina.
5th Annual Nā Kilo ‘Āina Camp
The Nā Kilo ‘Āina camp is growing each year with a whopping 98 registered participants and 16 community partners providing workshops covering land, water, technology and cultural activities. The purpose of the camp is to engage our community members in caring for our shorelines and fisheries to work towards a sustainable future. We had 15 Maori visitors that came to share their work and learn our issues as the NKA exchange program
prepares it’s trip to Aotearoa in late December to learn from them and experience their ‘āina. With the high dependency on imported goods and the
continued disconnect our people have from our ʻāina (lands and oceans) there is a growing concern for the survival of our people living on our islands that are so dependent on external sources.
Our vision, “Thriving In Balance”, is a testament to our desire that we are striving to not simply survive but to THRIVE.
Kailapa Community Association ( KCA) Annual Election of Board of Directors
The KCA holds board elections during it’s annual community meeting. Board members serve a rotating 3 year term. This year there are 2 officers whose terms expire. They can choose to run for re-election along with any other resident who is nominated or volunteers to serve a 3 year term. The election will be on Jan 20th, 2 pm, at the annual general meeting at the pavilion.
The board meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month and it is open to any Honokoa resident who wants to join the meetings. Please fill in the attached nomination form and place it into the locked box on the pavilion wall near mailboxes The board encourages any resident to help with fundraising, sit on committees and really be a part of the organization that is making things move. Questions? Call Maka‘ala by Dec 28th: (808) 640-3195.
What Does It Mean To Be A Resilient Community?
While local emergency preparedness plans are becoming more common in Hawaiʻi, few communities have engaged in forward-looking resilience planning that considers changes in climate and weather patterns. These changes in rainfall, temperature, sea level, and other natural patterns affect freshwater supply, the abundance of plant and animal species, and local fisheries. The Resilient Hawaiian Communities (RHC) initiative is designed to support community resilience planning through a collaborative process supported by a working group of organizations and individuals who are leaders in natural and cultural resource management, Native Hawaiian law, climate change science, and planning in Hawai‘i.
KCA has applied for a grant to help us plan and prepare for the future and build a resilient community. For more information, contact Maka‘ala.
A Nuclear Bomb??? Here??
Being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean does not make us immune to threats of war. It is not just climate change we have to worry about, but the political climate of nuclear war. With the “Unlikely” event of a nuclear bomb threat from North Korea, the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense began the monthly siren tests for air raids, something we have not heard since the cold war. The civil defense released a community action plan on what when you hear the siren. Once the siren is sounded, you will have less than 20 minutes to take shelter and may have to stay in place for 14 days or more. Please see the enclosed guide for you reference and disaster planning.
Honokoa is one of the best places in the world to live. We are blessed each day with scenery of the ocean, mountains, and amazing sunsets that gives us hope for better days for our country. With all the craziness in the world , we can find peace at the end of the day knowing we belong to this place and this place belongs to us. It was given to us to care for, to cherish and be proud of. A place that we can shape to make it whatever we desire for our next generation.
Where else could you say that? Honolulu, California or Washington DC? Your ‘ike and kōkua is needed and welcome here as we enter into the next round of planning for the future as we begin addressing community resilience in the face of climate change. It is something we cannot deny or ignore, It’s not going to go away.
Let us enjoy each day, every blessing and prepare for what may come tomorrow so that we can Thrive in the face of what’s to come.