Dear Puako Association,
Our kamaaina family used to own a house down here, but having sold it a few years ago, I now come every winter and rent from a friend. I still receive your newsletters and bulletins, and enjoy so much hearing about this little piece of paradise that i love! Cesspools/septic systems and all!
This is a gentle plea to homeowners: PLEASE consider not having your yard workers come on Sundays! There is a house across the street from me whose yard person arrives every Sunday morning, and uses his leafblower for nearly an hour! I literally have to leave the house to get away from the noise. Then today (Sunday), the neighbor next to that house started up their blower, thankfully for only about 20 minutes. I have neighbors who work all week, and they don’t enjoy it any more than i do. Absentee owners may not even be aware of when their workers come. Please, it would make it so much more peaceful, if only for one day a week!
Keep up the good work, and continue to protect this special place on earth.
formerly of 111 Puako, the “Rat Shack” (gone, but not forgotten)
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.
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
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.