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Wainaku-Kaiwiki Community Association Newsletter

Annual Meeting and Election of OfficersThe Annual Meeting of the Wainaku


Kaiwiki Community Association was held at the Wainaku Gym on Thursday, March 24. Officers elected for the coming year are as


President   Cindy Inoue

Vice-president   Gary Barr

Secretary   Dan Lindsay

Treasurer   Bill Lowe

Directors   Gene Inoue, Sharon O’Connell, Ernest Pacheco,

Charles Pavao


Annual dues for the Association are $10.00 per household.

Please use the form at the bottom of this newsletter to send in your donation, or call Bill Lowe at 961-9277. Your donations are the only source of income the Association has! Mahalo for your support.


What’s Happening in the Honoli‘i Gulch?

Many people have noticed that there is a lot of activity in Honoli‘i Gulch, just north of our ridge. Helicopters are flying and landing, bulldozers are digging, minivans are chugging up and down the hill. So what’s happening there? A company called KapohoKine Adventures is building a zip line and tourist center on former ag land. Many residents, both here and in Pauka‘a, fear that our quiet

communities and the lovely pure Honoli‘i Stream will be ruined forever. Led by Gwen Herrington and Micah Miller, whose property is closest to the construction site, a group of neighbors is trying to get more information and to influence the County’s decision regarding granting KapohoKine permission to build their operation.


The Association voted unanimously to support our neighbors in their efforts to prevent further damage to Honoli‘i Stream and our area.

President Cindy Inoue will write to the Mayor and other concerned parties. Please get involved! If you are concerned about the commercialization of Honoli‘i Stream, and the noise and disruption which large-scale tourist activities will bring, please call Cindy Inoue at 961-9277 or Gwen Herrington at 935-2032.

Improvements at the Upper Kaiwiki Park.


The Association has some remaining grant money. Some of it will be used to build a concrete walkway between the barbecue structure and the pavilion at Kaiwiki Park.


Donation for Japan

At the Annual Meeting, the membership approved a donation of $100 to the Red Cross to help tsunami and earthquake victims in Japan.


Kaiwiki Road Clean – Up Day

Saturday May 14 9-11:30 a. m.

If you want to work in teams, meet at Kaiwiki Park at 9 a. m.

Latex gloves, trash bags, and water will be provided. There will be an optional potluck lunch at Kaiwiki Park

following the event.

If it is raining or the ground is too wet, we will postpone the clean-up to the following Saturday.


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January 22, 2009 Neighborhood News Volume 1, Issue 1

Wainaku-Kaiwiki Community Association (WKCA)

Neighborhood News                         Volume 1, Issue 1

January 22, 2009


Meet Rep. Mark Nakashima

Recently elected Hawaii State Legislature 1st District Representative Mark Nakashima, will be at our February 14 community meeting. Come meet Mark, hear what’s planned for our district, and address your issues and concerns.
Date: February 14, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Kaiwiki Park
This will be a meeting/pupu ‘n dessert potluck. Soft drinks will be provided. We hope you will join us!

Clean-Up Day Set for Jan. 31, Saturday – A 2nd Kaiwiki Road Clean-Up Day is scheduled to collect rubbish tossed along our roadway from the bottom of the hill to the last mail box on the route.

The problem continues with no end in sight. The County Highways Dept. reports this is an island-wide problem.
We need your help. We can work in Teams (if desired) to pick up the trash. We’ll provide latex gloves & trash bags which will be available at Kaiwiki Park from 9 a.m. The trash bags left on the side of the road will be collected by volunteers later in the day.

Date: Jan. 31, Saturday
Time: 9—11 a.m.

Join the fight with concerned neighbors to keep our neighborhood clean and beautiful. Mahalo!


Hamakua Community Development Plan (CDP)


Council member Yagong and the Rural South Hilo Community Association (representing the Hamakua coast area) needs your support. Please write or email Mayor Billy Kenoi now to ask for his support to include the Hamakua
Community Development Plan
in his administration’s proposed budget for this year.

Your help is urgently needed to make our needs known and addressed. Encourage Mayor Billy Kenoi and others to make the Hamakua Community Development Plan a top priority this year. Their addresses are listed below.
Billy Kenoi, Mayor
County of Hawaii
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI96720

Nancy Crawford, Finance Dept. Director
County of Hawaii
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Daryn Arai, Planning Dept. Director
County of Hawaii                         
Aupuni Center
101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3
Hilo, Hawaii 96720


State Rep. Mark Nakashima
1st Representative District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 319
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

State Sen. Dwight Takamine
1st Senatorial District
Hawaii State Capitol, 204
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
We cannot let another budget cycle go by without the proper funding in place for this important community process. Please take time to write.


Community Meeting Schedule
(through April ‘09)

Date/Day Time Location Topics
February 14 Saturday 1:00 p.m. Kaiwiki Park Meet Rep. Mark Nakashima
(House of Representatives) ** Pupu ‘n dessert potluck
March 12
7:30 p.m. Wainaku Gym Annual MeetingBoard Elections
Foster Care Presentation with
Michele Carvalho, Hui Ho’omalu
April 11
1:00 p.m. Kaiwiki Park Meet Bob Fitzgerald, new County
Parks and Recreation Director (tentative-invitation extended 1/09)

Alternative Evacuation Routes

Following last February’s downed tree incident which knocked out electrical power and blocked road access on lower Kaiwiki Road for 11+ hours, we’ve asked Council member Dominic Yagong to help us develop emergency evacuation routes on both lower and upper Kaiwiki Roads. With only one road in and out, the need for alternative exiting routes is necessary in case of emergency. Two routes are needed in the event that:

1) lower Kaiwiki Road is blocked at the bottom of the hill, and
2) upper Kaiwiki Road’s 16-ton bridge should be come damaged and/or destroyed.

On Thursday Council member Yagong held a meeting with Cindy and Gene Inoue (representing our Association), the Fire Dept. Chief, Public Works Director, County Corporation Counsel, Steve Shropshire (land owner) and select County staff to discuss our request. Everyone agreed that a lower Kaiwiki Road exit was the first priority. Public Works will conduct a road site visit to ascertain the condition of a proposed exit road; legal counsel will explore liability issues; Steve Shropshire will confer with his associates; and Council member Yagong will have a conversation with Leonard Cardoza (landowner). We are optimistic that a cooperative agreement will be developed this year.

Cindy also raised this issue with Sen. Dwight Takamine and Rep. Mark Nakashima at their recent community meeting suggesting the need for a Hamakua coast master plan. They were receptive to pursuing these issues with Council member Yagong.


Did you Know?   Dept of Public Works is scheduled to repaint the center divider lines on lower Kaiwiki Road in March-April.


City Watch Program – – The Hawai’i County Civil Defense Agency has acquired a new mass emergency notification system which allows for County agencies to easily notify the public in the event of emergencies. This new program is called City Watch, an electronic notification system that can notify residents about evacuations or other emergency measures via phone or email. Hawai’i County residents need to register for the City Watch notification messages by either mailing in your contact information to:

County of Hawai’i Civil Defense Agency
920 Ululani Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

or go online at: http://www.citywatchonline.com/CSBSignUp/HawaiiSignUp.asp.

To register please give your name, street address (no P.O. boxes please), city, zip code, home phone, cell phone, cell phone carrier name and email address. This service is free to all residents.


Association Board Elections


At our March 12, Thursday meeting elections will be held for the Wainaku-Kaiwiki Community Association (WKCA) Board of Director positions. The Board consists of 9 individuals, four (4) of which shall be officers of the organization (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). Terms are for 12 months starting April 1 and ending March 31. The Board meets at least once every three months and plans the community meeting schedule. Duties include:

President: preside & direct meetings, follow up on action items, delegate duties, attend various meetings/represent the Association . File annual registration statement; develop and coordinate distribution of the newsletter and other flyers with the Newsletter Editor, etc.

Vice-President: take the place of the President when s/he is not available, post meeting banners and notices, generally assists the Association, as needed.

Secretary: take and maintain minutes of board and community meetings; maintain records of the Association, post announcements and notices.

Treasurer: manage all financial matters relating to the Association, including Excel records of dues-paying members, issue checks/maintain checking account, develop and issue monthly financial statements.

5 Board of Directors: The Board of Directors serve as directors-at-large (advisory group), serve as committee chairpersons and project leads, attend Board and community meetings, assist the Board in carrying out their duties.

Consider volunteering to become an officer and/or nominate a neighbor who wants to make a difference in our community!

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Our Vision … people working together to promote a friendly, safe, healthy, and supportive neighborhood for residents of all ages…


Wainaku-Kaiwiki Community Association
Board of Directors
Cindy Inoue, President
Mike Kingston, Vice-President
Bill Lowe, Treasurer
vacant, Secretary
Directors: Tom Brookman, Marcia Cooley,
Gene Inoue, Ernest Pacheco, Charles Pavao
Dan Lindsay, Newsletter Editor


Want to Receive More Information? Get on our email group list to receive periodic updates in-between our newsletters. Send your name and email address to Cindy at cindykondo@msn.com



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Halloween Potluck & Community Meeting—October 25th, Saturday

Don’t forget to come to this Saturday’s community meeting and potluck social!

Date: October 25th, Saturday

Time: 1:00 pm—4:00 pm (or pau)

Place: Kaiwiki Park Pavilion

Raise your concerns, get updates, bring a potluck dish to share and talk story with neighbors and friends. There will be prizes for Best Costume & Scariest Costume!!! Also, if you have fruits & veggies to share with others, bring the goodies to the meeting.


Board Secretary Vacancy:

There is a Secretary vacancy on our Board for the remaining 2008-2009 year. Gina Martinez, Board Secretary and hubby Richard Stillman,

Board Member, relocated back to Kauai after living here for three years. Also, George Horike, Board Member resigned due to personal obligations. We thank Gina, Richard & George for their contributions and wish them the best! Last year’s V.P. Ernest Pacheco, and former Board Member Charles Pavao graciously agreed to fill the Board Member vacancies. If you would like serve as Board Secretary, please contact Cindy Inoue at #961-9277. The Secretary attends board and community meetings, takes, transcribes & distributes the meeting minutes & maintains copies for the association archives.


Derelict Vehicle Disposal Program Back in Business

Got a junk car or two that you want to legally dispose of? The County of Hawaii has resumed their free pick-up service to Hilo residents. It must be physically possible for a County-contracted tow truck to safely and efficiently remove the vehicle. Ideally they’d like the vehicle(s) close by to the road for easier removal from your property. Call the Vehicle Disposal Program Coordinator (County of Hawaii, Dept. of Environmental Management Division, Vehicle Disposal Dept.) at 961-8552. This program is designed to get rid of your unwanted vehicle(s), improve our island environment, beautify our neighborhood and best of all…it’s FREE! Requests are handled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Keep Our Roads Clean & Litter Free Tired of seeing rubbish along Kaiwiki Road? Trash is littering the sides of our roadway and the problem is worsening. Did you know there’s $500-1,000 fines for littering? If you see someone littering, write down their license plate #, their vehicle make/model, general location, description of what was blown or thrown out of the vehicle, date/time of the incident, then call the Statewide Litter Hotline at #1.888.592-2522 (it’s an anonymous call) to place your report. Join the fight with Dave & Pat Legge, Gail & John Seavers, Cindy Inoue, son Chris Lowe & other conscientious neighbors.

Help us pick up the rubbish to keep our roads clean. The County Roads Dept. says they’ll pitch in too!!!


Officer Todd Pataray Walks the Beat

Officer Pataray is our area’s assigned Community Police Officer. He has been introducing himself to the neighbors around Wainaku Gym this past month and passing out Neighborhood Watch pamphlets. At our Sept. 4th meeting, fellow Community Police Officer William Derr gave a presentation on the importance of developing partnerships with the community to create and sustain a safe and secure environment. Some of you signed up to be part of this program at this meeting which will launch sometime in the new year. If you’d like to join this group, please contact Officer Todd at #961-8121.


2008 Wainaku-Kaiwiki Community Association (WKCA) Annual Membership Dues

The annual dues are $10 per household. (Donations for more are always welcome.) So, please do your part and remit your dues with the attached coupon below to: Bill Lowe, 2427 Kaiwiki Road, Hilo, HI 96720, or bring it with you to our next meeting. Please make your dues payable to: WKCA

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

…Margaret Mead, U.S. anthropologist (1901 –1978)


Ham Radio or CB Operators Needed

If you are a licensed ham radio or CB operator, and would like to volunteer your services, please contact Cindy at 961-9277. Should there be an emergency and our power/communication lines goes down in the neighborhood, this may be the

only way to communicate with others in and around Kaiwiki Road and the city. Ideally it would great to have several operators on Kaiwiki Road (one above the 6-ton bridge and one on lower Kaiwiki Road). This effort would be part of our neighborhood emergency preparedness plan.


Community Road Safety Watch

Here’s your chance to help reduce irresponsible drivers’ repetitive speeding and reckless driving in our community. Call, fax or email the requested information (below) to Traffic Services. 961-2226 call or 961-2228 fax email: hcpd04024@co.hawaii.hi.us

Date & Time of the Occurrence, Vehicle License #, Vehicle Make & Color, Was it a …male or female? (if known); Location of this Violation; Description of the Violation; Your name & phone #This program works…several neighbors filed complaints in the past and action was taken!


Kaiwiki Chapel Update

Cindy Inoue and Rebekah Sluss, project leads, made a presentation to Central Christian Church in August and received their approval to help save this 99 year old Chapel on upper Kaiwiki Road.

Since ownership now resides with United Church of Christ (Hawai’i Conference Foundation) in Honolulu, they are waiting to obtain the authority to move forward with this project. Our Board

recently made a decision to remain a grassroots community organization retaining our State of Hawaii non-profit status. Plans will be made to solicit grants and donations through Central Christian Church’s non-profit tax exemption. We’ll keep you posted.


Kaiwiki Park Parking Lot Improved

Thanks goes to Glenn Arakawa, County Parks Maintenance Supervisor, for arranging to have 8 Hawaii Correctional Facility inmates help Gene & Cindy Inoue, Ernest Pacheco & Charlie Pavao add gravel to level and enlarge the parking lot. Special shout-out thanks goes to Shelden Kunishige, Kama Glenn, Juan Reyes-Dawson. Brian Santiago, Keone Dagg, Kamano K. Joseph, Stanton Moragia, Aladdin Finley and Correctional

Officer Bronson Malani for their positive can-do attitudes and hard work!!!



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Neighborhood News

Neighborhood News

Wainaku-Kaiwiki Community Association (WKCA)

July 11, 2008

New Board of Directors Elected for 2008-2009


On June 25, 2008 Wainaku-Kaiwiki Community Association (WKCA) hosted it’s 1st meeting of the year.

Twenty (20) neighbors attended this meeting at Kaiwiki Park. Tom Brookman, WKCA President, opened the meeting and elections commenced. Since there was only one candidate for each office, the

members asked the Secretary to cast a unanimous ballot for the slate of candidates. Your nine (9) new association Board of Directors and Newsletter Editor are:


President Cindy Inoue

Vice President   Michael Kingston

Secretary Gina Martinez

Treasurer Bill Lowe


5 Board Members

Tom Brookman

Marcia Cooley

George Horike

Gene Inoue

Richard Stillman


Newsletter Editor: Dan Lindsay


Congratulations on your new appointments!

Upper Kaiwiki Road gets a Face Lift After being on the County Highway (Roads) Department’s project “todo” list for more than a decade, upper Kaiwiki Road residents have newly laid asphalt and divider lines!


Thanks goes to several Board members who were vigilant in

communicating with the County all these years…and a big


Thank You

goes to Council Member Dominic Yagong for meeting with us and ensuring this job was completed. Council Member Yagong and Stanley Nakasone, Director of the County Highway Division and his crew made our dream for safe, improved roadways a reality! They are also looking at alternate exiting routes for upper and lower Kaiwiki Road in case of future emergencies. We don’t want what happened to us on Feb. 1, 2008 to happen again. If you recall, on

that day we had heavy rains and a large tree fell blocking Kaiwiki Road and toppled over power lines stopping many residents from leaving the hill for +10 hours. We’ll keep you posted on their progress.


Next Meeting

Mark your calendar to

attend our next meeting

July 19, 2008, Saturday

1:00 p.m.

Kaiwiki Park


Save Kaiwiki Chapel

Did you know that Wainaku

Kaiwiki has its own historical Portuguese oven? It’s located just

below Wainaku Gym in the dense overgrowth area that is now covered with tropical foliage.

This two-compartment stone oven was built more than 100 years ago by long-time resident Ernest Pacheco’s grandfather. It was the focal point of our community when baking Portuguese bread, and sharing meals with family and friends was a way of life around the sugar plantation.


Time has been hard on this old beauty with the constant Hilo rains and natural erosion. The top of the oven caved in and a tree stump calls one of its oven rooms “home”. We’d like to see what can be done to save part of the oven and erect a commerative sign paying tribute to the way of life that once existed and to the many caring,

hard-working residents who made this the strong community it is today. We’re in discussion with Ernest Pacheco and others exploring ideas to save the oven from the perils of natural.


An effort is underway to save this 100 year old plantation chapel

located at 2250-A (upper) Kaiwiki Road.

It was built as a branch chapel to Portuguese Christian Church (now known as downtown Hilo’s Central Christian Church) serving the plantation labor camp families in the region. Last known as

The Church in Hilo, monthly services were offered every 3rd Sunday of the month. Mildred (Pavao) and William Yamamoto devotedly serve as the volunteer grounds care-takers donating their time to maintain the cemetery, lawn and garden. The chapel is deteriorating and the steeple is crumbling. We’re in discussion with United Christian Church (UCC) in Honolulu (parent church) now to see if our Association can save this cornerstone of our community. If given permission to act of their behalf, we will obtain repair cost


If the undertaking is within our reach, we will file the State Historical Preservation Division application to see if we can make this a State historical landmark and develop a marketing/communication/fundraising campaign (including a heavy dose of grant writing) to seek the funds we’ll need to begin to restore the chapel.

We will report back on our progress and invite you to participate in saving this neighborhood treasure


CERT in our Neighborhood?

The Hawaii County Resource Center offers free CERT Training

(Community Emergency Response Team) to neighborhoods who want to form a team who will participate in a training program that

trains them in basic dsaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood following an event when professional responders (such as the Fire and Police Dept’s) are not immediately available to help. A trained CERT team will provide services that will:

  • Increase their neighborhood’s disaster readiness
  • Assess damage after a disaster
  • Extinguish small fires and teach fire safety
  • Perform basic rescue operations and provide 1st aid