Dear Puako Community Association,
In previous trips to Hawaii, we read about Puako, but were unable to find the reef, despite having a general idea of where it is.
I recently read about your problems with sewage leaking into the ocean and destroying the reefs, and how you cannot fix such an expensive problem all by yourselves.
I totally understand your dilemma, as setting up treatment plants and sewage treatment is extremely expensive. And getting help from government is not a very easy thing to do.
I have a suggestion: Puako is a popular destination for snorkeling but I think, from looking at maps and aerial views of the area, there is very little public access to the reef. That is probably something the local homeowners like a lot, but not so much the rest of the public that feels excluded from good snorkeling.
If you wanted to raise money for the sewage treatment, one way might be to increase the accessibility to the reef and snorkeling areas between the homes, and put up collection boxes, or even pay parking areas, so that those who would come and enjoy the area could contribute to the clean-up. The limiting of visitors could be achieved by somewhat limiting the parking spots, while achieving a good balance between enough spots to really derive a good income from the parking fees, while not too many to detract from the enjoyment of the area by too many visitors. You could also set time limits to the parking (like maybe 3 hours), so that people would not use up a parking spot all day. It would be a win-win situation. True, the area would not be that exclusive to the present residents, but there would be a means to raise enough money to fix the sewage problem and to clean up the ocean.
Just a suggestion. Someday, I would like to be able to come to Puako and do some snorkeling, and paying parking fees would not be an onerous thing to do.
Neighbors saw 2 people in the bushes at the first beach access trying to hide a TV underneath some palm fronds. Police Officer Lance Ambrose came and it was discovered that the TV belonged to a nearby home in which the front door was found wide open.
No sign of a break in or how they got in other than the front door was open.
We don’t have any follow up on the 2 people or anything about them. Currently nothing else was found missing.
This is a good heads up to remind everyone that being as it is the holiday season we should make sure all valuables are locked up, to help one another by keeping an eye out in our neighborhood and to report any suspicious activity to the Police 935-3311.
Your Puako Neighborhood Watch
We encourage all homeowners and residents to attend. This is the one time of year we all come together to celebrate our community, solve problems, and plan for the future. Your participation is vital to our success.
Date: January 5, 2018
Location: Fairmont Orchid, Prominade I room
Approve last year’s Annual Meeting minutes
A year in review of work in the community
Fire, theft, and flooding incidents
Sewage project; brief update with details available at the 3:00PM CORAL meeting also at the Fairmont Hotel.
Election of next year’s PCA officers
Questions or comments?
~ Peter Hackstedde
Hokuloa United Church of Christ is having our annual food drive. There will be a basket out by the road on Sunday mornings and there will be people holding fishing nets on Sunday mornings from 10am to 11am.
Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year. There will be the normal Sunday morning service at 9am. And there will only be ONE Christmas Eve service at 7pm.
More information on our website: HokuloaUCC.org
and on our Facebook page: hokuloa united church of christ – ucc
— Yvonne Leiser on behalf of Hokuloa United Church of Christ
A guest staying at Beach 69 reported that his beach chair pocket was gone through while he was out swimming, binoculars and sunglasses stolen and someone else on the beach had their car keys taken from their beach pack. The suspect then took it up to the parking lot and took everything of value from their car. Police reports have been filed. Be on the lookout for a white Tacoma crew cab truck, license plate often covered with a rag. Suspect has also syphoned gasoline in Puako, gone through the trunk of one of our rental guests cars and stolen fishing gear from a garage owner’s closet.
Since the first day the speed humps were installed I think they are a success !! Only rarely is there the crazy vehicle trying to make some irrational point. 99% of the vehicles are driving at a very respectful speed. What a difference ! I think we all can feel safer living in Puako.
Thank you County !