Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club

A Koʻolau mai au… I am rooted in Koʻolau

Waiheʻe Water Tunnel Tour

On Aug. 17, 2018, 60 members of the Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club went on a tour of the Waiheʻe Water Tunnel in Windward Oʻahu.  The tour was led by Auntie Mahealani Cypher.  While small groups rotated to enter the tunnel, others enjoyed swimming in the nearby Waiheʻe stream (also known as “Ice Pond”).  Some hiked up to Waiheʻe Falls and others made lei from fresh greens to leave as hoʻokupu.  It was a fabulous day filled with friendship, love, and a renewed respect for our ʻāina & wai.  This tunnel was built in the early 1950s to supply water to the Windward side, particularly the Kailua & Kaelepulu areas.  The tunnel is 1800 ft long and is indeed an engineering marvel.  We must mālama our wai and protect this precious resource we are so lucky to have in our moku.

Haiku Stairs: Board of Water Supply EIS Process

The Board of Water Supply came to meet with the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club Board. They shared information about the current draft Environmental Impact Statement being prepared for the Haiku Stairs and other information about the current status of the stairs. The Civic Club Board shared their concerns as well as their views for the future of the ahupuaʻa in our kuleana area. Below is some information prepared by the Board of Water Supply on the process of the EIS (draft predicted to be released mid 2018 for commentary) and some frequently asked questions. For purposes of mitigating access to the stairs at this current time of negotiations, the map included in this pamphlet was not posted.