Views From The Cliffs - The Cliffs at Princeville
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The purpose of the report is to illuminate aspects of the situation and condition of The Cliffs, which should be interesting to those who receive it. Questions and suggestions
should be sent or called to AOAO President, Don Jacobs, (9046 E. Colorado Circle, Denver, CO 80231; (303-750-3214) [email protected]; CCIOA President Gus Daal,
4444 Delaney Drive, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7L 5J2 (905-637-8083) [email protected]; CRVOA President, Chris Stawski, 111 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1750,
Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414-276-8202) [email protected] Comments on the Newsletter should be sent to the Editor, Lou Genett, 1849 Oakmont Drive, Denver, NC 28037
(704-560-6338) [email protected]
fter a very long ten year effort, a
traditional Hawaiian blessing was held
on April 14th for our new Administration
building. The building was given its
official name Hale Mana Ho’oko, which
means a place where there is
leadership. Many of you will remember that this
process started with our efforts to acquire the building
from the original property developer. It has been a
long and bumpy process, which included several
years of litigation before we had an opportunity to
actually purchase the building. Once the acquisition
was completed, it took several more years to get the
proper permits to allow us to proceed with the
renovation of this facility.
All of our staff members have finally settled in to their
new offices and it’s nice to have all of us in one
location. Previously we were separated into three
different office locations which made it more difficult
to manage the property.
We’ve received many positive comments about this
new facility, especially regarding the lobby. We have
even had visits from management personnel of other
resorts who are interested in seeing the results of our
renovation. We are very proud of what we have
accomplished and know that this project provided the
necessary upgrade in quality that all of you were
Our pool plans continue to work their way through the
county permitting process. The county has requested
additional information which we will be submitting to
them for their review. We are still on schedule to
begin work on the new pool in September. Matthew
Schaller, our architect, will be managing this project
on a day to day basis. Matthew has a long history
with our property, having first been involved with the
reconstruction after hurricane Iniki. We continue to
work on an agreement with another Princeville resort
for the use of their pool facilities while ours is under
We recently completed unit renovation for the CCIOA
units in building 8 and the CRVOA units in buildings 1
and 2. We have now completed three buildings for
CCIOA and all but one unit for CRVOA. We are
scheduled to begin building 3 the first week in
September, and complete that project at the end of
October. Because of demands on our occupancy we
can only effectively complete two buildings per year.
The 2009 schedule includes buildings 7 and 9 and
the 2010 schedule is for buildings 5 and 6.
We continue to work on energy conservation
solutions. Dirk Hosmer, our solar consultant, arrived
June 5th and installed three hot water energy
conversion solutions, in an attempt to manage energy
consumption used for producing hot water in
individual units. His findings so far indicate that we
should adopt a heat pump solution where we could
expect about a 50% savings in energy costs. We are
also working on a solar photovoltaic energy solution
for all units within the project.
The Kauai County Council recently passed an
ordinance requiring single family transient rental
owners to register their transient vacation rentals with
the county. Contained within this newsletter is an
article by Rolf Ramelmeier, AOAO Director and
Chairman of the Legal and Bylaws Committee, to
help guide you through the registration process. The
Cliff’s staff can assist you with the necessary forms;
however, we can’t register your unit for you. The
registration must be done in person. If you have a
rental agent, you should contact them to determine if
they will register your unit.
Ralph Kitashima says – “Help me help you, your
friends and family SAVE MONEY on a time share
ownership resale in this wonderful Cliffs Resort.
For your referrals it would be my pleasure to repay
you with credits that you may apply towards
airfares, car rentals, island itinerary, maintenance
fees and groceries at Foodland!
You’ll receive 250 credits for every referral who
purchases through us. Each credit
equals one dollar redeemable
for the above mentioned incentives.
Give us a call for details.
For those of you, who no longer use or need
your ownership, call us for details on how we
can assist you.
Toll free: 800-222-5541
E-Mail: [email protected]
Timeshare Solutions is an affiliate of Oceanfront Realty International, Inc.
THIS IS A TIMESHARE SALES SOLICITATION
It has been a pleasure and a challenge to be a part of
this project over the last 6 years, and I look forward to
continuing to upgrade the property. I thank you for
your continued support.
Cliffs at Princeville DIRECTORY
3811 Edward Road, Princeville, HI 96722 Resort: (808) 826-6219 Resort Fax: (808) 826-2140
KIMO M. KEAWE, General Manager
JULIE MONROE, Controller
JOHN MAHONEY, Executive Assistant Manager
FRED CONSTANTINO, Administrative Manager
ROSARIE KELEKOMA, Owner Service Manager
PENNIE WYATT, Executive Assistant-HR Director
ANN HERMOSURA, Executive Housekeeper
LIZ HOM-WEAVER, Activities Manager
JAMES SARME, Facilities Manager
CLIFFS ACCOUNTING (808) 826-2090
CLIFFS ADMIN FAX
ale Mana Ho`oko
April 14, 2008
On April 14th, we held a traditional Hawaiian Blessing for the Administration Building and gave it its official name Hale Mana
Ho`oko, which means “A place where there is leadership.” Kahu Ipo Kahaunaele-Ferriera officiated the blessing. Untying the
traditional maile lei, to signal the official opening of the facility, included Jerry Hempenius (AOAO vice president), Gus Daal
(Cliffs Club president), Christopher Stawski (Cliffs Resort president), and Kimo M. Keawe (general manager). After the
blessing ceremony, Board members, owners and guests, contractors, project managers and your hard working staff gathered
for a celebratory reception at the Recreational Pavilion.
CLIFFS HOUSE RULES
As a reminder, all apartment owners shall
observe and adhere to the House Rules and
ensure that their lessees, renters and guests
observe and adhere to these House Rules. In
the event expenses including attorney fees, are
incurred due to violations of the House Rules
by owners, lessees, invitees and guests, the
owner shall be responsible for the payment of
The following house rules have been randomly
selected. To obtain a copy of the Cliffs House
Rules, owners may contact Fred Constantino at
Section III. Common Areas, Entrances and
1. No shoes, slippers, laundry, dry cleaning, or
other items, shall be permitted to remain in
view at front entrance.
2. Only appropriate furniture and plants less
than height of the lanai railing (including the
pot) shall be placed on lanais. Any items
deemed unsightly by the Board of Directors
or Managing Agent shall be removed,
upon the request of the General Manager.
Lanais are not to be used for the purpose of
storage of articles of any kind.
3. Textile items, including towels, bathing
apparel and clothing, brooms, mops,
cartons, and other objects, shall not be
placed on lanais or passages or in windows
so as to be viewed from outside the building
or from any other apartment.
13. Each owner of a residential apartment
shall be responsible for the care and
maintenance of all lanais, which are
included in their apartment. Such owner
may not, however, paint or otherwise
decorate the walls and ceilings of the
lanais without the prior written approval
of the same by the Board of Directors. It
is intended that the exterior of the
building shall present a uniform
appearance and, to effect that end, the
Board may require the painting of walls
and ceilings of each lanai and regulate
the type and color of paint to be used.
The Board is authorized to contract for
the painting of all of the walls and
ceilings of the lanais and to make
Resort is available. A recent newsletter contained a call
for candidates. Because only one candidate expressed
an interest in serving on the Board of Directors, barring
a last minute write-in campaign, yours truly will begin
serving another three year term on The Cliffs Resort
Board of Directors beginning this July.
MAINTENANCE FEES Many owners at
the Cliffs Resort own every other year timeshare units.
The Cliffs Resort is the only organization on-site that
offers this ownership option.
In past years, every other year unit owners were
required to pay the entire amount of their maintenance
fees during the year that the owner was eligible to use
their unit. The Cliffs Resort Board of Directors has
adopted a new policy that will allow owners to split the
bill if they so desire.
Under this program, an owner can choose to pay half of
his or her maintenance fees every year. By giving
owners this option, the Board is allowing owners to ease
the financial burden that may be associated with paying
a full year’s maintenance fees. We will be monitoring
this program to determine how many owners choose
this option and whether it is a program that merits
year, 136 past due notices were sent to owners who had
not yet paid their 2008 maintenance fees. If you are one
of the owners who received a past due notice, please
pay your maintenance fees today. If you’re not able to
do so, contact us to discuss a payment schedule. The
Cliffs Resort is willing to work with owners experiencing
serious financial hardships. Don’t risk losing your week.
Take action now if you have not yet paid this year’s
maintenance fees and prevent your unit from going into
Serving on The Cliffs Resort Board of Directors for the
past several years has been a pleasure and I’m pleased
to be able to continue my service to you. Part of the
reason that serving on this Board is so enjoyable is
because of the fantastic people whom I work with.
Thanks to Terry Cannings, Chuck Gehrke, Jim Moyes
and Ron Raine for their hard work and support. Mahalo
to Julie Monroe, Kimo Keawe, Fred Constantino, John
Mahoney and everyone else at The Cliffs that assists
us. I look forward to continuing to work to make this the
best timeshare property on Kauai.
The Cliffs Resort Board of
Directors has implemented a new program at the
property. Owners who stay in their Cliffs Resort unit are
provided with complimentary copies of USA Today
during their stay. Never mind the fact that USA Today
doesn’t make it to Kauai until the day after it’s issued.
That’s just one of those things on Kauai that makes this
island so charming.
of the unit renovations on property has begun. As I
write this article, there are six CRVOA units located in
Buildings 1 and 2 that are currently under renovation.
Those units should be completed by the end of June.
The second phase of unit renovations will begin in
September and be completed by the end of October.
During this phase, two CRVOA units will be taken down.
This is all part of your Board’s ongoing effort to maintain
your unit at a five star level. The renovations are very
impressive. If you like the new renovations, please be
sure to indicate as such on the comment cards that you
receive from RCI.
This July, one
position on the Board of Directors for The Cliffs
residential buildings. We will be conducting experiments
using different types hot water heating systems in June
and July and the results will be incorporated into the
final design of solar energy for our buildings. The
Finance Committee has identified a bank to finance our
system at a reasonable rate, so we have multiple
alternatives to purchase the system.
Donald M. Jacobs, President
loha Owners and Guests – We recently
completed our Board and Annual Meetings.
Thanks to all of you who spent the time
and attended the meeting. The following is
some of the major items we discussed.
Our Treasurer, Mark Barra reported
that we remain on target relative to our operations
budget to date. We have about $2 million in our capital
reserves and continue to earn interest on it until we
We are projecting significant capital
expenditures in the near term because of the renovation
of our pool and re-doing of our sidewalks. We received
a draft of our audit report which our Finance Committee
is reviewing. As soon as we approve it, it will be
available to our owners. An updated reserve study was
also provided by our consultant. When the Finance and
Planning Committees have reviewed it, it will be
incorporated into our long-range capital plan.
The Kauai County Council
recently passed an ordinance regarding transient rental
properties registration. This appears to affect all owners
who rent their units. The Legal Committee is working
with our attorney to define what will be needed to be
Board Meeting Dates: Our next meeting will
be July 23, 2008. We hope to see you there. We also
adopted the following dates for our future Board
Meetings: October 23, 2008; January 30, 2009; April
23, 2009 (board meeting); April 24, 2009 (Annual
We appreciate hearing from you. It helps us know we
are doing what you want and your comments are most
appreciated. Mahalo Nui.
Insurance: Our insurance consultant reviewed the
status of all our policies. Currently, we are paying
approximately $500,000 per year for our premiums which
covers all of our needs. Our consultant indicated that the
premium for property damage which includes wind
coverage (i.e., hurricanes) continues to decline.
However, this is offset because our property values have
increased considerably since 2005. So, we can expect
our premiums for all of our coverages to stay about the
same for next year.
We have submitted our plans to various
government departments for approval. We expect to
have all of the approvals by our target start date of
September. Our pool consultants presented another draft
of the detailed plans to the board. These have been
turned over to our Joint Construction Committee for
We will be engaging an outside project
manager who has worked with the Cliffs previously to
insure the project is completed satisfactorily and within
Solar Energy for Residential Buildings:
The representative who provided our solar system for
our Administration Building discussed new technology in
solar. There are breakthroughs in hot water heaters
which is one of the primary uses of energy in our
Sunset experience at Polihale, Kaua`i
CLIFFS CLUB Report
Gus Daal, President
loha CCIOA Owners. I hope you all are
enjoying the summer. On April 17th we had
our annual meeting. During the same week
we celebrated the official opening of our
new administration office best known as
“Hale Mana Ho’oko”. The traditional Hawaiian “mile lei
ribbon”, (ribbon cutting) and Blessing Ceremony was
performed by a Hawaiian minister and the celebration
included various local guests, our General contractor,
Architect , Project manager and Board members
representation of all our property associations, Cliff’s
staff, as well as some owner guests. After the official
opening the Cliffs staff treated all the guests to drinks,
pupus and a live Hawaiian band.
During the AGM we also were able to reconvene our
last year’s AGM with respect to the amendment of
CCIOA Declarations and Bylaws. Although it took longer
than we anticipated we did receive the necessary votes
to approve the amendment.
CCIOA is on schedule with phase 3 of the refurbishing
of our units and most of the work of the work for CCIOA
units in Building 8 has been completed. The installation
of the furniture is planned for the week of July 16. Our
General Manager, Kimo Keawe, expects completion of
building 1-2 and 8 by the end of June.
The CCIOA has recently approved its updated “Reserve
study”. It is based on a 7 year unit interior refurbishing
schedule. The inflation rate projection is based on a rate
of inflation of 3.5 % with a rate of return of 4% on
investment. To provide adequate funding for future
projected reserve expenditure requirements, it was
recommended that that the annual contribution be
increase by 4% a year from 2009 to 2024. The projected
opening balance is $1,320,376.00 for January 1, 2009.
One of the significant fundamental changes this time
was spearheaded by our Vice president, Jerry
Hempenius. He felt that our reserve expenditures as
done in past did not make much sense since we
refurnished by unit and building and not by components,
electronics, or appliances cycle. Components,
electronics and appliances live cycle is extended by
moving them forward to buildings that are to be
refurbished a couple of years later.
Our budget prediction is getting to a fine art now that we
have accumulated a number of years of experience. Our
CPA, Julie Monroe, and our finance committee have all
been with us more than a few years. A lot of progress
has been made. We ended our year with a small surplus
It is the goal of Staff and the committee to expand our
website and to include a Virtual Tour of our new lobby
together with some scenic pictures of the Princeville
During the annual meeting the Board has selected me
again as your President for the fiscal year of April 2008
to April 2009. We have made tremendous strides in the
past year and, together with a strong new Board and
General Manager, Kimo Keawe, and his Staff, we strive
to accomplish even more during this year.
I welcome back Jerry Hempenius and Lou Genett. Mark
Barra, a long time member of the CCIOA Board and
George Bruns has been appointed as advisors for this
fiscal year. George is new to our board he has an
extensive experience in banking industry and an
At our April Board meeting our insurance consultant,
Bruce Pearson, reviewed the status of all our policies.
Currently we are paying approximately $147,024 annual
premium, which covers all of our needs. Our consultant
indicated that the premium for property damage, which
includes wind coverage (i.e. hurricanes), is expected to
go down as much as 15% in 2008. However, this is
offset by the increase on our interior package (furniture
So, we can expect a marginal
increase on our total premiums to increase to $ 153,330.
We are delighted with our decision to have installed
solar panels on our Administration building. Electricity
on Kauai is generated by oil. We have all seen what has
happened to oil prices over the last year. The solar
panels are saving us now and will save even more in
The plans for our new pool and spa are still on
schedule. Drawings are posted in the Hale Mana
Ho’oko. See you at the Cliffs.
Transient Vacation Rental Vacation Rental Registration
With The County of Kauai Attention All Whole Unit Owners Who Rent Their
Units For Periods of less 180 Continuous Days
A bill (Ordinance NO. 864) was passed by the Kauai County Council requiring single-family transient rental
owners to register their transient vacation rentals (TVRs) with the County. The Ordinance requires that all
TVRs in Visitor Designated Areas (VDAs) be registered by September 3, 2008. Your Condominium is
considered a single-family TVR and Princeville is a VDA, therefore required to be registered by September
The purpose of this article is to provide you with sufficient information and assistance to register your unit with
the Kauai County Planning Department by September 3rd.
The Cliffs Staff will assist you with filing information and some of the necessary forms. They are not staffed to
do the registration for you, as it must be done in person. Those of you that have on island rental agents,
(required by Hawaii law and The Cliffs House Rules), should contact them and determine if they will register
your unit for you. Some Agents will do it for free; others may charge a nominal fee.
For those of you who wish to do it themselves, this article should help guide you through the process. The
following are the steps you must follow to register your unit.
1) The first step is to go to the Assessment Office, Department of Finance in the Mo`ikeha Building, Lihu`e
Civic Center, 4444 Rice Street, and register with them. For directions, contact the Department of Finance at
(808) 241-4200. The major purpose of this step appears to be determining if you are paying and current for
your GE and TA taxes. You will require the following forms.
A) The completed TVR registration form. You can obtain the form by downloading it from the What's New
section of the home page of the County website, www.kauai.gov. They only need the form for informational
purposes. You do not file it with them.
B) Copies of your GET and TAT licenses (just your license numbers may suffice) and proof of your last
payment of these taxes. At the moment the requirement of these documents is optional. If you have them,
take them along just to be safe.
2) Proceed to the Planning Department to complete registration. You will need the following:
A) Completed TVR Registration form.
B) A plat of the Cliffs showing the location of the sign for your unit which is to be posted and visible as you
enters The Cliffs. The sign contains your unit registration and a 24/7 contact telephone number. The
specifications and purchase information can be found on the Princeville Community Association website,
www.pcaonline.org. The plat will be available at The Cliffs Front Desk. As of the date of this newsletter, the
Cliffs has not decided where to put the signs, (we assume 50-60 of them.). We plan to have the plats available
by the second week of July.
C) A document called "For the Safety and Comfort of You and Your Neighbors". This document will be
available from the Front Desk. A copy is to be displayed in your unit for your guest's perusal.
The preceding informational is current as of the date of this newsletter. However since the County enacted this
ordinance back in March, they have changed the registration requirements several times. Before you proceed,
check the County website, www.kauai.gov for the latest information. If you have any questions contact the
Rolf W Ramelmeier
Chairman, Legal & Bylaws Committee
Aloha, my name is Miriam, but
my ohana calls me Honey.
Please join us at the Cliffs
Welcome Reception on Mondays,
at the Cliffs Recreational
Pavilion at 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy ono pupus and meet
fellow owners and guests.
I’ll see you there!
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
VACATION OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Notice of the Annual Meeting of the Cliffs Resort Vacation
Owners Association (“CRVOA”) is given pursuant to Part 2,
Section 2.5 of the Bylaws of the Cliffs Resort Vacation
Owners Association. The date, time and place of the annual
meeting appear below:
Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Time: 2:00 p.m. HST (Check In to begin at 1:30 p.m.)
Place: The Cliffs Recreational Pavilion
Princeville, Kauai Hawaii
FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSE:
1) To receive report of officers and report of committees; 2)
election of director; 3) to transact such business as noted on
the Agenda and any other business as may properly come
before the Association.
Kimo M. Keawe, General Manager, for the Board of Directors
Notice of Date: June 2, 2008
Note: When received, please complete your proxy and
return to the Cliffs Resort by 4:30 p.m. HST on July 14,
2008. A quorum of owners is necessary, either in person
or represented by proxy, to conduct the business of the
meeting. If you send in your proxy and do attend the
meeting, it will be returned to you so you may vote in
For Your Info. . . .
5 All proxies for the Cliffs Resort are due on
property on July 14, 2008.
5 For timeshare owners, your home resort is
required to verify that you do not owe the resort
any monies for the week you are depositing for
Submitting your Cliffs Resort or Cliffs Club
reservations is easier than ever. Go to
www.cliffsatprinceville.com to book your
reservations or fax your request to 808-826-2140!
5 Contact Cliffs Activities at 808-826-2005 to
arrange your next outing.
5 For our whole condo homeowners, please do
not use your lanai as a storage area. Please refer
to the House Rules for policy details.
5 Please do not feed the Nene or other bird life
that roam the resort grounds.
Reminder to CLIFFS CLUB OWNERS
Trading/Banking Policy Effective January 2008
If you choose to deposit your week with either Interval International (“II”) or Resort Condominiums International (“RCI”), the
Cliffs Club is required to confirm your reservation and verify that you do not owe the Cliffs Club any monies for the week
you are depositing for exchange. Once your exchange has been confirmed by II or RCI, The Cliffs must honor the
exchange, even if you do not pay any amounts that are outstanding for this future week.
This can occur when a deposit is made for the next calendar year, where dues or assessments have not yet been billed –
for example in mid-2008, a 2009 week is deposited for a 2009 exchange, dues are paid for 2008, but not for 2009. If for
some reason the 2009 dues are not paid as of the 2009 occupancy date, The Cliffs cannot take back the week, but must
honor incoming exchanges from II or RCI.
To protect all of our owners, The Cliffs has instituted the following policy. This policy is common throughout the time share
industry and has eliminated the above mentioned problem. The new policy became effective as of January 1, 2008 and
will cover all exchanges made after that time where the deposited Cliffs reservation is in 2009 or later.
When an owner requests a week to be booked and deposited for exchange in the next calendar year, The Cliffs will ask
that estimated dues be paid for the next calendar year at the same time they are requesting reservations; this amount will
be the same as the current year. In addition, if an owner has made a reservation for the following year and later decides to
deposit that time for exchange, The Cliffs will ask for the estimated dues for the current calendar year. Once the estimated
dues are paid, reservations can be verified and confirmed with II or RCI. However, this is an estimate only, and if there is
an increase in the dues or a special assessment, the balance will be billed at the normal billing time. Future reservations
can only be made if the owner is current with all payment owed. [Please note: this article first appeared in the July 2007
Issue of Views From The Cliffs.]
The Cliffs at a Glance
Employee of the
First Quarter 2008
Presilla Yoder joined our Cliffs Club
Ohana in September 2006 as accounts
receivable clerk. She has since been
offered the position of accounts
payable clerk, and has taken the
position positively, assisting owners
and vendors with A/P issues. As a
result of Presilla’s can do attitude and
positive involvement in moving the
Accounting department to the new
administration building, “Hale Mana
Ho`oko”, she was recently honored as
Employee of First Quarter.
Fashionista Presilla enjoys spending
time with friends and family and she
loves to travel.
KOLOA PLANTATION DAYS
Place: Koloa and Poipu, Koloa and Poipu, HI 96756, (808) 652-3217
Date: 7/19/2008 through 7/27/2008
The Koloa Plantation Days Celebration began as a one day event in 1985 commemorating the establishment of Hawaii's first sugar mill in the town
of Koloa in 1835. The Celebration now spans a nine day period including over 18 family-oriented events showcasing the area's diverse cultural and
historical significance. For further information please visit us at www.koloaplantationdays.com.
OBON DANCE AND FESTIVAL - WKH KOLOA TEMPLE
Place: Koloa Temple, 5521 Koloa Rd, Koloa, HI 96756, (808) 338-1537
Date: 7/25/2008 through 7/26/2008 (Occurring at several locations throughout June and July)
In remembrance of the dead celebrated with special services and festival/Bon dance and food. WKH Koloa Temple, 5521 Koloa Rd, 7:30 pm.
KAUAI MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008
Place: Hilton Kauai Beach Resort, 4331 Kauai Beach Drive, Lihue, HI 96766, (808) 634-6237
Date: 7/30/2008 through 8/2/2008
The Kauai Music Festival is a four-day celebration of the art of songwriting held on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. At the festival you will learn
songwriting from some of the best songwriters in America. You can consult, one-on-one, with award winning songwriters, Grammy winning
producers, and top A&R and other music industry people.
HEIVA KAUAI IA ORANA TAHITI 2008
Place: Kapaa Beach Park
Date: 8/2 – 8/3/08
7 annual Heiva I Kauai Iaorana Tahiti, International Tahitian Dance Competition. Solo and group performances, traditional and contemporary
Tahitian drumming competition. Dance and drumming workshops, Polynesian arts and crafts and island foods for sale, silent auction, and more.
KAUAI ALL GIRLS RODEO
Place: CJM Country Stables, Poipu
Kauai’s finest cowgirls compete at CJM arena, about a mile down Poipu Road past the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Lunch wagon, logo sales, lots of rodeo
action and family fun. Open air bleacher seating.
GARDEN ISLAND ORCHID SHOW
Place: Lihue Convention Center – Vidinha Stadium, Hoolako St, Lihu'e, HI 96766, (808) 742-0333
Date: 8/21 to 8/24/08
Orchid show of hundreds of varieties. Orchids on display and does sales along with lectures and demonstrations of general orchid culture.
KAUAI MOKIHANA FESTIVAL
Place: Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center, Puhi
Enjoy original compositions by Kauai composers in several categories. Cheer on each artist as they perform new songs with the help of local,
talented musicians, and vote for the People’s Choice winner.
KAUAI POWWOW 2008 – Honoring the Drum
Place: Kapaa Beach Park, Kapaa
Date: 9/26 – 9/28/08
Festival celebrating the heritage of our Native American Indian brothers and sisters. Enjoy drum performances, arts and crafts, and island foods.
COCONUT FESTIVAL 2008
Place: Kapaa Beach Park, Kapaa
An annual crowd pleaser. Join in on the fun that celebrates the many uses of the coconut. Enjoy food competition, local entertainment, arts and
crafts, and island foods.
EO E EMALANI I ALAKA`I, “THE EMALANI FESTIVAL” 2008
Place: Kokee State Park, Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow
Festival celebrating Hawaii’s Queen Emma, consort to King Kamehameha IV. Enjoy a day of hula, local entertainment, arts and crafts.
MATSURI KAUAI 2008
Place: 329 Lanakila Road Kapaa, HI 96746, (808) 822-5353
Matsuri Kaua`i 2008 offers a host of activities and demonstrations, including Oshie (quilted art) from Moriyama City, Japan, Kimono Kitsuke for
adults as well as children, Bento Sales, Origami, Musubi Madness Contest, Mochi Pounding, Mini Bon Dance, Craft Sales, Tea Ceremony, Bonsai,
Jorei, Flower Circle, Martial Arts, Entertainment from local dancers and singers as well as from Japan and the outer islands.
N E W S F R O M around T H E I S L A N D
[Gleaned from The Garden Island newspaper, mahalo nui loa to them]
VA Lasting Legacy: Kauai
The Republican was first elected as mayor in 2002. He was reelected to another four-year term in 2006. Prior to his political
career, Baptiste worked at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention
Hall and was a small businessman on Kaua‘i.
Mourns Loss of Mayor
By Rachel Gehrlein – THE GARDEN ISLAND
Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Shock. Surprise. Sadness. These are just a few of the sentiments
residents expressed yesterday after the sudden and unexpected
death of Kaua‘i Mayor Bryan Baptiste on Sunday, June 23.
Baptiste, 52, died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital after an apparent
cardiac arrest at his home in Wailua.
But there was another word used to describe the mayor: Legacy.
“He really had the concern of the people at heart,” Lihu‘e attorney
Warren Perry said. “He balanced the law with the local and
Hawaiian community.” Perry said the mayor worked hard on one
of his pet projects, the 16-mile multi-use path that will stretch from
Anahola to Nawiliwili. The first two phases have been completed.
“He said to me, ‘I want to make sure the people of Kaua‘i, in
perpetuity, have access to the beach,’” Perry said. “That was the
type of legacy for Kaua‘i he wanted.”
As mayor, Baptiste championed the building of more affordable
housing, garnered community members’ support to fight drug use,
supported legislation to protect public access and backed
programs to prepare youths for future careers. “I feel he truly
enjoyed serving the public,” said state Rep. Mina Morita, D-14th
District. “He was truly trying to make it better for Kaua‘i from
shoreline access to affordable housing.”
State Sen. Gary Hooser, D-Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, called Baptiste
“the people’s mayor. He put community first above all else — he
was genuine in that,” Hooser said. “He served with a lot of
passion and he had genuine feelings for the people.” Hooser
remembered campaigning alongside Baptiste years ago and said
the mayor was tireless in his work. “He was the first guy out in the
morning and the last guy in at night,” Hooser said. “The slogan
from his (first mayoral) campaign was ‘Leadership from the
Heart.’ He certainly gave his heart 100 percent to the community.”
Randall Francisco, Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce president, said
Baptiste led the people of Kaua‘i with local style. “He celebrated
Kaua‘i by how much he lived Kaua‘i,” Francisco said. “He
embodied the values of the people of Kaua‘i in his leadership.”
Francisco said the mayor focused on the youth of Kaua‘i, looking
at the bigger picture for their future benefit. “His investment in the
community via the kids was his heart and soul,” he said. “To me,
that was the humble, human, local Bryan.”
The mayor had heart bypass surgery on June 13 at The Queen’s
Medical Center in Honolulu after routine medical testing June 9.
Baptiste was released from the hospital on Friday and returned to
Kaua‘i Saturday evening. Baptiste is survived by his wife Annette
and four children: Brandon, Heather, Lauren and Preston. Gov.
Linda Lingle, a close friend of the mayor, ordered state flags to fly
at half staff on the day of his interment. That date has not yet
been announced. Gary Heu, the mayor’s administrative assistant,
is serving as acting mayor.
V Key Kaua`i Bills Will
by Nathan Eagle – THE GARDEN ISLAND
Posted: Tuesday, June24, 2008
Gov. Linda Lingle yesterday submitted to the state Legislature a
list of 52 bills that she is considering for potential vetoes.
Some Kaua‘i residents have been holding their breath while the
Republican governor considered what legislation to include in the
list. Specifically, community members have been tracking Senate
Bill 644, introduced by state Sen. Gary Hooser, D-Kaua‘i, and
House Bill 2872, introduced by state Rep. Roland Sagum, D-16th
The former will prohibit the issuance of a building permit on or
after Jan. 1, 2010, for single-family homes that do not have solar
water heaters. The measure also directs the state Public Utilities
Commission to establish standards for the systems and restricts
tax credits for the solar heating units. The latter will create a onetime process to lease public lands for recreation residence use at
Waimea Canyon and Koke‘e state parks. After giving existing
leaseholders a chance to renew their leases, the legislation would
open up a public auction process first to bidders who reside on
Kaua‘i, then to state residents and finally to nonresidents.
“We were pleased to hear that the governor will let this bill
become law,” said Dan Hempey, an attorney for some of the
leaseholders. “This legislation will go a long way toward
protecting the historic character of Koke‘e while also allowing new
folks to obtain leases at a public auction. It strikes a fair balance.”
Baptiste began his political career in the mid-1990s when he
worked as an appointee of Mayor Maryanne Kusaka. In 1996,
Baptiste was elected to the Kaua‘i County Council for the first of
three consecutive two-year terms.
The governor is required by statute to give the Legislature 10
days notice of any bill she is considering vetoing, prior to the
deadline when she must take final action on the bills passed in
the 2008 legislative session. This year the deadline to veto bills is
“Mayor Baptiste was a compassionate leader who loved Kaua‘i
and gave his all in service to our community,” County
Councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura said. “It is fitting that we take the
time to grieve, to rally around his family and to remember and
honor Mayor Baptiste. Many of us have personal memories of the
mayor that we will hold close in our hearts always.”
For a complete list of bills that have become law this legislative
session or to read the governor’s statements of objections on bills
already vetoed, visit the governor’s Web site at:
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