Aloha Oe Peter Hackstedde

Aloha Ohana of Peter Hackstedde,

Last Saturday morning our beloved Peter Hackstedde left us in his sleep.  He was 66 years old, father of Susie Hackstedde, and cherished ku’uipo of our mother, Holly O’Riordan.

He was a bright light in our community, or as Narand Patel put it, a “man pillar.”  Through Alcoholics Anonymous, the Puako Community Association, and by being a friendly advocate for the community, Peter was a force for good.  He was everywhere all the time, supporting during disasters (Fires, tsunamis, floods), engaging with authorities over new projects, and stopping by the General Store many times a day, often to pick up a popsicle.

He did so many little things to keep the community well-cared for and supported.  He also did some major things, especially by leading the construction of the firebreak behind the community. He made incredible efforts to support us all.

We are heartbroken because we loved Peter so much.  Our mom Holly feels it the most, as she and Peter were high school sweethearts.

We so appreciate your thoughts, condolences, flowers, food, drinks, special gifts, and the incredible outpouring of love we have felt in recent days.  That is a testament to the impact Peter had on all of us, and the love we all had for him.

Holly is entering a new, as yet unknown chapter.  Her daughter Katelyn is due to give birth to a baby girl on April 3rd, so for a little while Holly will be tutu on Maui.  Beyond that, the future is a mystery.

The Puako community was the bedrock of Holly and Peter‘s life together, and love for Holly from neighbors and friends is most appreciated during this transitional time.

Information will be forthcoming about a celebration of life for Peter, sometime in 2019, when we can come together and celebrate this amazing man.  Peter wanted us to paddle out and deliver his remains to the Puako ocean, so that is what we will do.

If you would like to give a monetary gift to contribute to Peter‘s memorial celebration, feel free to make donations here through venmo( to this private, non-social account: @Holly-ORiordan.

Thank you all for your love for Peter and your support of Holly in the coming weeks and months.

Andrew and Katelyn O’Riordan

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Thefts in the last 3 weeks in Puako

Aloha Puako Neighbors,

Unfortunately there have been some small thefts in the last 3 weeks in Puako in our block and the next block:
-last night gas stolen from a car with a locked gas cover, parked in a drive next to the condos
-out of an open garage someone stole a backpack with camera equipment
-stolen out of an unlocked trunk prescription sunglasses.
Someone is lurking around.  Please keep an eye out for anyone suspicious and report to the police 935-3311.
And remember to lock up.
Sara your Neighborhood Watch Block captain

Theft on the south end of Puako Beach Drive

Aloha Puako Community,
Yesterday Sunday Oct 28, 2018 a theft occurred at a mauka home on the South end of Puako Beach Drive. Thief came in thru a back door that no one remembers if it was locked or not.  This occurred while no one was at home between 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Stolen were credit cards, IPAD and a small stereo. The thieve used the cards at 2 stores in Kona. The Police were called.
Please be careful about locking up and to report any suspicious behavior to Police  at 935-3311.
Puako Neighborhood Watch

Break-ins this week

Aloha Puako Community,
There have been 3 break-ins and robberies sometime around Wed. 8/22/2019:
1)-A Puako owner heard something in his closet and found a guy in there.  The burglar then stole the home owner’s car keys and drove off with the car.
2)-A Puako couple noticed their neighbor’s door was open.  Neighbors are away.  A gun was reported stolen, Police called.
3)-After Police left this home that the gun was stolen from, the burglar came back and stole more items.  Wooden shutters ripped off, door kicked in, home ransacked.
Please keep an eye out for unusual activity in your neighborhood and report to Police immediately.
Puako Neighborhood Watch

Wishing for Peaceful Sundays

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.

Aloha nui,
Maggie Woods
formerly of 111 Puako, the “Rat Shack” (gone, but not forgotten)

Puako sewage treatment

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.


Ana Porzecanski