Preserving a Beach Park

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In 1994, two years after Hurricane Iniki devastated the island of Kauai, the local community came together to build Kamalani Playground, a 4,000 square foot wooden playground in Lydgate Park.

Over the ensuing years, the community developed a master plan for Lydgate Park that included the creation of sports fields, overnight camp sites, 2-1/2 miles of walking/bicycling path, and protected coastal access for fishermen.

In 2001 they built the Kamalani Kai Bridge. Again, thousands of volunteers were engaged to build the Kamalani Kai Bridge at the South end of Lydgate Park. The sweat equity from that project amounted to half a million $ and qualified the County of Kauai for the $2.5 million in FHWA funds used to construct the multi-use path system and amenities in Lydgate Park.

That 2-1/2 miles of path became Phase I of Ke Ala Hele Makalae (“The Path that Goes by the Coast”), a multi-use path system planned to connect communities along the coast from Lihue to Anahola–a stretch of about 18 miles. The Ke Ala Hele Makalae project has been divided into six major Phases, and each Phase has segments. Currently they are in the middle of building Phase III of Ke Ala Hele Makalae.

Volunteers have maintained the Kamalani Playground and Kamalani Kai Bridge structures for the last twenty years. Additionally, they keep the Park attractive by removing marine debris and frequent litter patrols.

Community parks are an indicator of the wellness of the community as a whole. If the parks are attractive and well used, that means the residents are likely to enjoy a high standard of quality of life. So the community collaborates with the County to assure that Lydgate Park is the best it can be, with a bright future.

The vision is to work together making Kauai a more healthful community by increasing physical activities and positive social engagements as central components in our daily routines.

Community Work Day:

The main accomplishment for you would be application of a coat of non-toxic linseed oil wood sealer to the Kamalani Kai Bridge. This is a recurring task that is necessary to keep the structure in good condition. This structure has been rated among the top 10% of well-maintained community built projects around the country, as the community is committed to sustained and recurring maintenance projects.

Additionally, you can help with:

• Repainting Rest Pavilions on Ke Ala Hele Makalae

o This would be a maintenance project, scrape, prime, & paint small rest pavilions on Ke Ala Hele Makalae

• Cleaning up Hikinaakala Heiau

o remove leaves and litter from this ancient Hawaiian temple located in Lydgate Park

• Litter & graffiti patrol–Lydgate Park & Ke Ala Hele Makalae path system

• Botanical Inventory Survey of Arborial Assets in Lydgate Park

o The community is engaged in developing a long-term arbor plan for the park to manage the forest assets in the Park. They are gathering baseline data and documenting what size trees of what variety are located in each part of the Park. You would identify and plot the location of trees.

• Building Picnic Benches–carpentry/painting project to increase the inventory of picnic benches in the park.

• Beach Grooming–on-going removal of marine debris & driftwood from the enclosed swimming areas beaches

Accommodation in Kauai Island

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This property actually was a working plantation up to the 1930s, and now offers 48 well-crafted bungalows that are traditional and cosy. It feels quite retro but elegant, and is wonderfully secluded. The pool looks out onto the ocean and the hotel has recently added a spa to the facilities.

Kauai Island

The scenery here is somewhat more dramatic than the other islands, with vast caverns and chasms surrounded by typically scenic beaches. There are several small and charming historic towns to discover on day trips. Be sure to spend time at Poipu Beach and Hanalei Bay.