1. KPHA Holiday Fair a Success!
Well, I’m not at all certain how it worked out the way it did, maybe it was the collective calling for good weather to assure a successful KPHA Holiday Craft Fair, or maybe it was plain old good luck, but whatever it was, it worked! As I had hoped for, we had the perfect storm: no rain, no sun, and no wind...so it wasn’t too hot, or too cold, or too wet, or too breezy…it was just perfect for the fair!
Not only was the weather perfect, but the event was seamless – shoppers were constant but not overwhelming, music from Benny and the band was delightful, hula was an added treat, traffic was in and out all day without any issues, parking was a breeze, and the participation from the community and KPHA members was amazing…vendors did very well and best of all…drumroll, please…we raised $1000.00 to give to Molokai families in need, which we are donating to the Salvation Army!! WooHoo!! The money raised came from the table fees, a gift basket raffle (all items in the basket were donations from our vendors and members– it was a spectacular gift basket!) and we had a generous (anonymous) donation by a Kawela member to take us to the $1000.00 mark, so my deepest thanks to everyone who participated to make this event a successful one!
Of course, we could never have pulled this off without the volunteer help from staff and friends, so a heartfelt Mahalo Nui Loa to Deb, Penny, Benny and the Band, Brandi, Ryan, Dan and Stan for taking time out of their busy lives to help in this endeavor for the greater good of the Molokai community…It was truly a great event!
2. Refuse Pickup
If you want refuse pickup, also known as Solid Waste Services from Maui County, you need to pay for that service. You will need to set up an account (see application attached) with the county and follow their regulations. Applications, rules and additional information regarding Maui County Solid Waste Services are available on the Maui County website: www.mauicounty.gov/solidwaste .
Maui County will now start monitoring these refuse pickup areas in Kawela I, II and III. If people are placing their refuse in Kawela without an account allowing them to do so, and they are caught, there will be fines levied. If you believe you have an account with Maui County for refuse pickup and are not sure if your account is in good standing, please contact Maui County and they will let you know if your account is up to date. Also, if you know of folks dropping of refuse in these areas that should not be, please let the office know about it.
I want to thank everyone for their support and abiding by the rules. Of course, there is always the landfill, where you can bring your refuse to for free (unless you have large items or excessive amounts, in which case there may be a fee).
3. Pothole Problems
We know potholes are as frustrating as they can be dangerous. Many calls have been made to Maui County to take care of the problems, with limited success. Some potholes get filled randomly, then the materials used empties out almost as quickly as they were filled. If you have pothole issues, here is the contact information to use that Maui County has posted.
To report potholes, road drainage and other flooding issues, call:
• Hāna District: (808) 876-4590
• Lahaina District: (808) 270-4370
• Lānaʻi District: (808) 565-7086
• Makawao District: (808) 876-4535
• Molokaʻi District: (808) 553-3222
• Wailuku District: (808) 270-7443
Potholes also can be reported through the “COM Connect” App. The app allows users to submit photos of potholes or other public works issues via mobile devices. For more information on how to file a report, visit https://www.mauicounty.gov/2024/COM-Connect.
4. KPHA COMMUNITY GATHERINGS: Sunset in the Park
Due to Coivd-19, our Sunset in the Park events have been put on hold. We know these gatherings have been enjoyable to everyone and we hope to be able to get together once again, but we also want to make sure it's the right time with the right safety measures in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. So stay tuned and we will let everyone know as soon as we start them up again!
5. SOLAR PROJECT UPDATE (November 2021)
The clubhouse solar panels are installed. Solar installation for Deep Well I is complete and the system is fully functional. The CBRE (Community Based Renewable Energy) will be next in line to install and in the permitting process. We hope to have that finished before the end of the year. A big thank you to everyone on the Solar Committee: Dick Glenn, Gladys Skinner, Chuck Everhart, Tom Witte and Yvonne Everhart for their time, their valuable input, their expertise and their commitment.