Historically, this section of our website has been used to update you on what was going on here on property. However, those updates were usually tied to our quarterly board meetings and a more condensed version of what was included in our newsletter.
I will try and provide more frequent updates with a wider range of topics and things that may be of interest. We have a good one to start with. Some of you may have heard some of the national news coverage of the stormy weather we experienced over the last 3 weeks. During one 7 day period it rained over 40 inches here in Hanalei! Think about that. Thatís more than 3 feet of rain in a week!
As a result a storm culvert at the 22.5 mile marker in Kilauea collapsed along with a major portion of Kuhio Hwy. Traffic had to be rerouted through Kilauea town via a temporary access road created strictly for this emergency situation. Hanalei Bridge was also closed for 4 days at one stretch and our visitors had to make the best of a difficult situation. We had several landslides in the area of the Kalihiwai Bridge which closed access to Princeville and Hanalei. Several of our employees were stranded on property and no relief employees could get to the property. County and State workers labored round the clock to open access to Princeville and Hanalei.
Over the course of this 3-week period, there continued to be road closures in some cases up to several hours as crews removed debris from the continuing landslides blocking Kuhio Highway and unfortunately, the weather forecast was for more rain.
The real topper was for the first time many Kauai residents experienced a hail storm. At my home in Wailua Homesteads, hail the size of marbles pelted our property as I watched the stones bounce off our concrete patio. If this is an indication of global weather changes, heaven help us if it starts to snow on Kauai! We survived the worst of it and the weather has been beautiful and sunny ever since.
I want to personally thank those few available employees who went above and beyond during this very difficult period, manning our front desk and providing housekeeping and maintenance services while access to the property was cut off .