Kuau Bayview Annual Report 2022
- Retention Basin Project: Huge progress has been made on the Retention Basin. We are no longer a bad neighbor to the Paia Community Center, and to Maui in general, dropping seed pods and spreading Haole Koa onto the park property. I have cleared the entire west fenceline, and raked up & disposed of all the debris that had accumulated over the years on both sides of the fence. I have been chopping the HK trees out by the roots, which is the only way to eliminate them once and for all. I still have a lot to do but already no HK is visible from Hana Hwy or PCC. HK poses a severe fire hazard as we all witnessed when 370 acres burned on July 30th mauka of Hana Hwy from Baldwin Beach Park, and the recent fires in Lahaina. The Haole Koa will be replaced with Bestill which is a fire-smart plant. In 1996 A&B planted 106 Bestill trees on the south slope of the Retention Basin forming a firebreak to protect the houses on Hoe Place but they didn't plant any Bestill on the PCC slope, so it was almost solid Haole Koa. Agaves, groundcover, and Syngonium will be planted between the Bestills to stabilize the basin slopes and prevent erosion.
- Retention Basin Fence: The Retention Basin fence is by far the most expensive asset which the HOA must maintain. Every Board since 1996 has always anticipated that one day we would have to replace the entire 1020 feet of fencing at once. This would be an expenditure of tens of thousands of dollars. But this is not the most efficacious way. Some sections of the fence are in very good shape while others are falling apart. The original fence is 11 gauge vinyl-coated steel. Eighty feet of chain link behind Lot 27 was replaced on Oct 9/22 with 9 gauge (thicker than 11 gauge) hot-dip zinc-coated galvanized steel. This will be much stronger and last longer. We had always thought that only the chain link fabric would have to be replaced, but once the grass had been removed from the fence along PCC, I discovered that most of the fence posts were corroded at the base and one had broken right off, just like what happened to the fallen fence at Makana Park. Parks personnel used to spray RoundUp, which corrodes the metal. The broken post will be replaced with a Schedule 40 (stronger) post and used as the starting point for 111 feet of new fencing in early December. Some of the fence that already has the mesh on it is also in terrible shape. Four sections will be swapped out with the four good sections from the 111 foot section that is being replaced. Then the rest of the black privacy mesh will be installed to protect kids by curbing their curiosity about the basin based on the concept 'out of sight, out of mind.' The west slope of the basin is VERY steep and dangerous. The rest of the fence that already has the privacy mesh will last several more years with the repairs that have already been done.
- Coqui Frogs: In Sept and October, three Coqui frogs were heard and one-by-one eliminated from Lot 43 at the corner of Lae St & Hana Hwy. The Coqui Team of the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) were amazingly responsive and effective. Sincere mahalos to Savanna who sprayed a citric solution to kill the frogs. Please learn how to recognize the frogs by viewing this page and carefully inspect any plants you bring into Kuau Bayview. A Coqui infestation would be a disaster, especially for the four houses bordering the basin. Property values would plummet and Kuau Bayview would become un-liveable.
- Birds: All chickens have been relocated from the Retention Basin. They cause severe erosion. Lately I have been finding dead doves on Lae St almost every week. This has never happened before. Please slow down and try to avoid hitting these harmless, beautiful creatures.
- KB House Sales: There have been 3 house sales since this time last year. All were record-breaking: Lot 43 for $1,298,640, Lot 51 for $1,445,000, and Lot 82 for $1,475,000.
- Warning! The Board would be remiss if we did not alert the membership to the fact that a 200 lb man living on Hoe Place violently assaulted a 90 lb woman on June 19, 2022 causing a concussion, neck injury, and black eye. We don't want anyone else to get hurt so we must advise residents who use the short-cut to Paia Community Center to be very careful when walking on Hoe Place.
2022 has been a very productive year for Kuau Bayview.