Ka Leo O Kaua‘i celebrates third year’s accomplishments

The third anniversary celebration of the county’s Ka Leo O Kaua‘i community meetings will be Wednesday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Lihu‘e Civic Center breezeway.

The public is invited to join in the celebration and see what different communities around the island have accomplished this year.

Entertainment, refreshments and presentations on achievements, along with community concerns and proposed solutions are all part of the third anniversary celebration of Ka Leo O Kaua‘i.

“Through Ka Leo O Kaua‘i, our communities are collaborating with government, other organizations and agencies, as well as each other, to address their concerns and strengthen their ties,” said Mayor Bryan Baptiste in a press release. “I believe we have seen another successful year of Ka Leo O Kaua‘i.”

Among the list of accomplishments in 2005 for Ka Leo O Kaua‘i community groups are:

• Design work for ‘Ele‘ele Nani Park and building of a second playground at Hanapepe Heights Park by members of the ‘Ele‘ele, Hanapepe, Kaumakani and Makaweli group.

• Installation of putting greens at the Waimea United Church of Christ and an underused Waimea park by members of the Waimea group.

• Implementation of Waele A Ola Hou, a Weed and Seed-like program, in Kekaha. In turn, this group formed the West Kaua‘i Community Association to broaden their sphere of community ties. With the assistance of the Kaua‘i Police Department, the association started a community-oriented policing program.

• Re-opening of two mountain access paths in Kapahi, which was spearheaded by the Kapa‘a, Kapahi, Kealia and Keapana group.

• Two community workdays at ‘Anini Beach Park organized jointly by the Kilauea and Princeville groups resulted in the building of 10 new picnic tables and re-painting of the park pavilions.

• Clearing of several North shore beach access paths by the Hanalei group.

• Expansion of community youth activities and programs, which was spearheaded by the Anahola group.

• Completion of many park projects by the Wailua House-lots group.

Regular Ka Leo O Kaua‘i community meetings are held in 14 communities every other month.

Up-to-date information about current Ka Leo projects is listed on the county’s website, www.kauai.gov.

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