Kaaawa Community Association to meet on June 9

Here’s the agenda from the KCA:

DATE: Tuesday June 9, 2015
TIME: (7:00 – 8:30 P.M.)


1) Welcome
a) Minutes of the last meeting
b) Treasurer’s Report
i) Current balance

2) Community Reports
a) Ka`a`awa Elementary School
b) Neighborhood Board
c) HPD Neighborhood Report
d) Kualoa Ranch Report
e) Parks and Recreation

3) Old Business
a) Update on Bill 47 (2013) status.
b) Update on 4H club on Ranch land at Polinalina Rd – Lisa Fleagle
c) OMPO updates on some road projects – Andrea Anixt
d) Emergency preparedness: June is start of Hurricane season – be prepared: http://www.honolulu.gov/dem.html
i) CERT training, first aid CPR/AED training, Ham radio

4) New Business
a) proposed resolution asking to get the school playground equipment fixed
b) Oahu General Plan revision

5) Announcements

Next regular meeting: September 8, 2015

You are receiving this because you live in Kaaawa

Our mailing address is:
Kaaawa Community Association
P.O. Box 33
Kaaawa, HI 96730

email: alohakaaawa@gmail.com

A little-known piece of Kaaawa history

Here’s a bit of little-known Kaaawa history concerning the Crouching Lion, the never-quite-a-landmarks restaurant that my dad opened as the Crouching Lion Lodge in 1952. There just wasn’t enough traffic to sustain it in the early 1950s, and the Crouching Lion has struggled under a long series of owners in the decades since.

The first chef hired is now credited with having been the inventor of “Irish Coffee,” although I doubt my dad knew that at the time.

Back in 2005, my dad recalled the restaurant’s beginnings.

We set up a nice little kitchen. We put in tables and chairs for four people each, total seating about 60 in the living room and dining room, with a huge fireplace on one end, and it created an atmosphere that we weren’t very accustomed to in Hawaii. It made a very very nice setting.

We arranged to get a chef who was from Ireland, Joe Sheridan, and we had menus set up. We had Aggie Kellett, one of the women from the [Waikiki] Surf Club, come in as hostess and manager. So we had the chef in the kitchen, a gal in the dining room to greet the guests, and it was set up pretty much as a chafing dish-type food service from the cart to the table with fancy chafing dishes, ladles, and things of that nature.

We served luncheon and dinners. It was all specialty food. The dinners were all candle lit tables with tablecloths.

Joe Sheridan, the first chef, was quite colorful with his white coat and his high crown chef’s hat working the dining room as well as the kitchen.

At the time, it was described as serving “delightful European cuisine in a quiet, restful atmosphere.”

And from an entry in Wikipedia:

Although different variations of coffee cocktails pre-date the now-classic Irish coffee by at least 100 years, the original Irish coffee was invented and named by Joe Sheridan, a head chef in Foynes, County Limerick but originally from Castlederg, County Tyrone. Foynes’ port was the precursor to Shannon International Airport in the west of Ireland. The coffee was conceived after a group of American passengers disembarked from a Pan Am flying boat on a miserable winter evening in the 1940s. Sheridan added whiskey to the coffee to warm the passengers. After the passengers asked if they were being served Brazilian coffee, Sheridan told them it was “Irish coffee”.

Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, brought Irish coffee to the United States after drinking it at Shannon Airport, when he worked with the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco to start serving it on November 10, 1952, and worked with the bar owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg to recreate the Irish method for floating the cream on top of the coffee, sampling the drink one night until he nearly passed out.

But if the dates are correct, it looks like Irish Coffee was probably being served at the Crouching Lion before Delaplane introduced it to San Francisco.

One of those Kaaawa moments (photos)

It was one of those experiences you only get after being in one place for a while.

We were walking along Kam Highway at dawn a couple of days ago, near the corner of Puakenikeni Road and the spot where we step down from the highway to the beach. There were a couple of people on the old seawall, also watching the sunrise.

As we passed, one turned and approached.

She introduced herself and her daughter, soon to be leaving for a teaching job in Texas, she said.

And then she said that a decade ago, they were in the same spot at dawn on the last day of the year, and were included in one of my Kaaawa online photo galleries.

So I took a picture of them, and then went looking for the older photo. It didn’t take long to find it, taken December 31, 2005, and posted on January 2, 2006.

So here are the photos.

April 7, 2015

At the old seawall

December 31, 2005

At the old seawall

Halloween in Kaaawa!

October 31, 2014Just after dark, we wandered down the block to see what friends who live on the corner had going for Halloween. This is the scene that greeted us.

You can see why their place was a center of Halloween activity, with its fine collection of creepy stuff collected over the years. Kaaawa’s kids were great, and it was fun to see the imaginative costumes. I enjoyed the bookworm and the tourists, along with the more familiar ghouls, goblins, and action figures.

In any case, I wanted to share some of the fun.

–> See the rest of the Halloween photos!

Shoreline erosion in Kaaawa

Here’s an example of the erosion along the coast in our part of the island.

In the foreground is what remains of a good size tree that not too long ago was part of the small beach park on the Kualoa end of Kaaawa.

Erosion started washing away the sand and moving the edge of the park farther and farther inland, leaving the tree stranded. It was cut down in 2008, but erosion continued, eventually revealing its former root structure.

And you can just make out a black shape about half way along the beach in the background. It marks part of the roots of another old tree, now also long gone. A neighbor who moved out of Kaaawa around 2001 painted a park scene back when that tree was in the park. Now it’s just history.

Top photo: 2014

Bottom photo: 2008

Beach erosion

Beach erosion

Kaaawa crime alert: Watch for suspicious vehicles

I received this email from a friend on Friday evening, October 3.

Our friend lives on Olohu Road near Lihimauna.

I came home this afternoon to 3 police vehicles parked behind and around my front gate.
Apparently there were two cars Honda CRV and Volkswagen left after being stolen at
a party last weekend and abandoned in Kaaawa. Also another car in Kaaawa was stolen
after someone broke into a home – stole the keys and drove off with the vehicles.

The policemen told me to left neighborhood know that this is occurring and if anyone has
suspicious vehicles parked to call; also to keep a neighborhood watch.

Don’t be shy about calling 911!

One of those mornings

It was one of those rare, clear mornings in Kaaawa. The horizon, typically at least partially obscured by clouds on a normal morning, was absolutely clear.

On mornings like this, it’s hard not to see the green flash, and we did. It was the second green flash in a week.

I did a quick look back, and the same thing happened last year at virtually the same time. Last year, we saw the 2nd flash on September 5, so we’re about a week off in 2014.

The top photo was taken as we walked past Swanzy Beach Park.

The bottom photo was taken just seconds before we saw the “flash”, and shows the overlapping outlines of Molokai and Maui in the distance.

Swanzy Beach Park

Molokai & Maui

[First posted at www.ilind.net]

A September dawn in Kaaawa

Saturday morning in Kaaawa. It was cloudy, then it rained. After two mornings where we saw the green flash as the sun made its appearance, today there were clouds blocking the horizon. But it was beautiful. The sunrise with the group catching those little oama was spectacular.


In front of Swanzy Beach Park

Looking toward Kaneohe

Seeking Oama

Approaching rain

Looking back

[first posted at www.iLind.net]

Another Kaaawa graduation party

[text]Crystal Heig celebrated her graduation from Kahuku High School with a big bash hosted by her family and held at the Kaaawa home of her grandfather, Ward Lemn.

Once again, I volunteered to bring a camera to the party and do my best to record the event.

And, as usual, what a treat! A real cross-section of Hawaii, crossing so many of the boundaries between communities. A visual feast to accompany the culinary feast.

Congratulations to Crystal!

–> See more of this family-produced luau in Kaaawa!