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Trees choke Lydgate Ponds again, volunteers needed

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The wind-enhanced east swell adds to the vegetative build up in Morgans Ponds last week at Lydgate Park in Wailua.

WAILUA — If you have intentions of helping the Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park with its weekly beach cleanup, this weekend would be an opportune time.

A recent accumulation of vegetative debris fills the waterline along the shoreline of Morgans Ponds, including the keiki pond.

“One day,” said one of the lifeguards on duty at the Lydgate tower. “That’s all it took. The bulk of it happened Friday when we had the weather event that had the Hanalei bridge closed for nearly nine hours. That moved everything around.”

The weather event also caused localized flooding near the mouth of the Wailua River that prompted evacuation of several businesses and families from low-lying areas.

The accumulated debris, from which several “illegal” structures are sprouting, was also enhanced by the strong winds that followed the rains during the weekend. It was further strengthened by the arrival of an east swell that was enhanced by the continuing strong winds.

The clog comes on the heels of Cushnie Construction only recently completing a $385,900 emergency debris removal of the area near the Kuhio Highway bridge over the Wailua River that was prompted by heavy rains in January.

The Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park meet every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. at the area near the lifeguard tower.

Everyone is welcome to help and talk story following the work.

  1. kauaieyes February 28, 2021 6:24 am Reply

    Wouldn’t it be nice, if all the HOMELESS living for free at Lydgate/Kamalani playground areas
    help to clean debris. Just a way of giving back to community

    1. Major Lee Hung February 28, 2021 10:13 am Reply

      That’s funny.

    2. Duh February 28, 2021 5:37 pm Reply

      What about all the non violent offenders from KCCC work around the island for reduced sentences.

  2. kimo Edwards February 28, 2021 8:49 am Reply

    One option, leave it and save $385,900. No one wants to go there anyway with the homeless. Another option would be to get the vagrants to contribute to society in some way by helping out with the cleanup?

  3. Lotte February 28, 2021 12:03 pm Reply

    Doesn’t that vegetation have value? It’s darn expensive to live there, shouldn’t beat up the poorest about it.

  4. Kauaidoug March 1, 2021 12:51 pm Reply

    A lot of people enjoy the park. Not much aloha in these comments.

  5. Cindy Cook March 1, 2021 2:30 pm Reply

    If that’s drift wood, you should post it. FREE DRIFTWOOD!! Many people always looking for it.

  6. Chris Lydgate March 2, 2021 12:18 pm Reply

    Wish I could come and help out. Stuck on the mainland still. Some of my fondest memories are working alongside my Dad and brothers to clear out the ponds. Aloha, Kauai!

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