Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New position for Richard Arruda

Pot luck organizers needed

Don't you enjoy coming to the pot luck dinners during the meetings in November and May?  Don't you enjoy the opportunity to mingle with other owners and meet owners you've never met before?

The AOBO has been organizing a pot luck dinner near the Twin Bridges, thanks to Robbie Faeh, who has been the organizer extraordinaire.  She's now ready to pass the opportunity on to someone else. So we are hoping someone will be interested in helping out, starting in November.  You'd only need to do it once a year, if we can get two people.

You wouldn't have to cook anything!  All you'd need to do would be to arrange the date through Marianne, arrange tables and chairs through Outrigger, oversee the cleanup and take great satisfaction in having helped owners get together in a casual setting.

If you're interested, please email me:

Randy Nordstrom

I'll pass your name.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

KIahuna Sense of Place from Chris Gampon

Sense of Place DOC: KPR SENSE OF PLACE 2014-08-14 1700 Page 1 of 2 
 Kiahuna Plantation Resort, Kauai – By Outrigger 
In ancient times, Po’ipū was a thriving Hawaiian community. With great ingenuity, the Maka’āinana of Po’ipū built ‘auwai that brought water from ma’uka regions of the Kōloa ahupua’a. Although Po’ipū received minimal rainfall, and its field system sits on a large pāheohoe plain of basaltic lava, the irrigating waters allowed cultivation of crops in great abundance. These ‘auwai and field systems that were developed in, what was considered to be, land unsuitable for agriculture, were unique to any others in Hawai’i or in all of Polynesia. Along with the unique ‘auwai and agriculture, fish ponds, ocean fishing, salt beds, and fresh water streams provided sustenance for the entire Po’ipū community 
In 1778 Captain James Cook wrote about Po’ipū: “What we saw of their agriculture, furnished sufficient proofs that they are not novices in that art. The vale ground has already been mentioned as one of continuous plantations of kalo and a few other things, which all have the appearance of being well attended to.” 
In 1792 Captain George Vancouver wrote: “…The low country which stretches from the foot of the mountains toward the sea, occupied principally with the kalo plant… interspersed with some sugar-canes of luxuriant growth and some sweet potatoes.” 
The people of Po’ipū, like those from many other moku, practiced their religious beliefs in many forms. Most commonly known today are the heiau dedicated to specific deities. Of importance to Kiahuna Plantation is the Kihahouna Heiau. The heiau stood on the far left of the Hale o i’a beach, in front of the Waiohai Hotel. The Heiau was a walled temple 130’ x 90’ with a sea wall. The heiau was dedicated to Hulukoki (the supernatural bird god); Kuhaimoana and Kamohoali’i (acient shark gods who were also bothers to the fire goddess Pele); and Kane (one of the four major Hawaiian gods). The name Kihahouna represents the gathering of the four gods and of the life they breathed into this very special place. The temple was told to be built by the second chief of Kōloa, Kiha ke oho lupalupa (Kiha with the luxuriant hair). Kiahuna is a considered to be a more recent pronunciation of the ancient Kihahouna. Like its namesake, Kiahuna is considered to be “a very special place”. 
Oral and written history says that the true Hawaiian name given to the land area where Kiahuna is found was Pa’u a Laka. The true meaning of the name is not known. Some sources say it refers to the hard work that was needed to cultivate the area (Laborious work of Laka). Others take the more literal meaning (The Skirt of Laka). 
Laka is most commonly known as the deity of hula and sister of Pele the goddess of fire. There is a male Laka as well. Kuka ‘ohia a Laka is the male deity who embodies the ohi’a lehua trees in the rain forest and who is worshipped as a rain god. He also is revered as a hula god. With the knowledge that, for Hawaiians (ancient and modern), people, places, events, occasions, etc. were named with careful thought, feelings and reason, we can surmise that a name reference to either the god or goddess of hula is significant. 
In more recent history, Po’ipū has been host to people from around the world. From the aforementioned Captains Cook and Vancouver; to sailors on whaling ships; missionaries; sugar plantation managers; migrant sugar workers; and tourists, Po’ipū has and continues to be a place to farm, gather supplies, worship, or just relax. As Kōloa and Po’ipū moved from (ancient) agriculture, to a whaling port, and back to (modern) agriculture, the property at Kiahuna gained a renewed importance. In the 1930’s the modern owner of the land beneath Kiahuna, Eric A. Knudsen gave a parcel of land to his daughter Alexandra (Sandie) as a wedding gift for her Sense of Place DOC: KPR SENSE OF PLACE 2014-08-14 1700 Page 2 of 2 
Kiahuna Plantation Resort, Kauai – By Outrigger 
marriage to Hector Moir. Hector was the manager of the Kōloa Sugar Company, the oldest sugar company in the territory of Hawai’i. The Moir’s home became the center of social life in Kōloa and Po’ipū. Sandy Moir started what is now known as the Pa’u a Laka Gardens (named after the ancient name for the area). The gardens were primarily of cactus and succulents. By the late 1940’s the garden had gained international attention and was classified as “one of the ten best cactus and succulent gardens in the world.” The gardens ranked among the renowned Huntington Gardens and the Royal Gardens of Monaco. The Moir’s received many requests for tours of the gardens. In 1954 the gardens were open to the public. 
In 1968 the Moir’s retired from their garden operation and moved to Arizona. Prior to their departure, they leased their manor house, support buildings, and land to the Moana Corporation. With additional leases from the Eric A. Knudsen Trust, in the early 1970’s the first of five phases that would become Kiahuna Plantation Resort was started. 
Today, the Kiahuna Plantation Resort sits on 35 acres of land leased from the Trusts of Eric A. Knudsen and The Moir Family. The lush grounds and gardens are still host to visitors from all over the world. 

Remnants of the field systems, ‘auwai, fish ponds and salt beds can still be seen throughout the fields of Po’ipū; inside the Kiahuna Golf Course; Kāneiolouma, the village being restored at Nukumoi, Po’ipū; and on the grounds of the Kiahuna Plantation Resort. 

Friday, May 15, 2015


Obviously the February and May meetings will be in 2016.

Sorry for the typo.


Upcoming meeting schedule

One of the things we did at our meeting on Monday was to set dates for the next year and a half for the AOBO meetings.  Now you can better plan your vacations to coincide with the meetings.  Or come to San Diego in February; or San Francisco in August.

Here is the meeting schedule based on what was discussed in the Organizational Meeting
San Francisco
Friday, August 14
12pm-6pm Committee Meetings
6:30pm-8:00pm AOBO Exec Session

Saturday, August 15
11:30am AOBO Lunch
12:30pm AOBO Board Meeting

Thursday, November 5
AOBO Committee Meetings

Friday, November 6
8:30am Finance Committee Meeting to present budget to Board (Board attendance requested)

Saturday, November 7
8:30am AOBO Exec Session
10:00am AOBO Board Meeting  followed by lunch

San Diego 2016
Friday, February 5
12pm-6pm Committee Meetings
6:30pm-8:00pm AOBO Exec Session

Saturday, February 6
11:30am AOBO Lunch
12:30pm AOBO Board Meeting

Kiahuna 2016
Thursday, May 12
AOBO Committee Meetings

Friday, May 13
8:30am AOBO Exec Session
10:00am AOBO Board Meeting 

Monday, May 16
8:00am AOBO Annual Meeting
12:00pm AOBO BOD Organizational Meeting & Lunch

San Francisco 2016
Friday, August 5
12pm-6pm Committee Meetings
6:30pm-8:00pm AOBO Exec Session

Saturday, August 6
11:30am AOBO Lunch
12:30pm AOBO Board Meeting

Kiahuna 2016
Thursday, November 10
AOBO Committee Meetings

Friday, November 11
8:30am Finance Committee Meeting to present budget to Board (Board attendance requested)

Saturday, November 12
8:30am AOBO Exec Session
10:00am AOBO Board Meeting  followed by lunch

Randy Danto Nordstrom

Thursday, May 14, 2015

AOBO Managers

Here is a picture of the AOBO Managers, courtesy of Marianne.

Gana, Dennis, Faye, Chris, Marianne, Harris, and Tim
This was taken at the dinner put on by the AOBO on Sunday night over by the Lagoon.  It's always a great time, with lots of time to mingle, drink a mai tai (or 2) and sample great food.

Monday, May 11, 2015

New AOBO Board

At today's annual meeting, two new people were elected to the Board: Barbara Fargo and Stony Anderson were elected and Jim Nahmens was re-elected. Your new Board posed for a picture after a full day of meetings.

Left to right:
Barbara Fargo, me, Craig Price, Tom Becker, Ben Miller, Alan Hart, Stony Anserson, Jim Nahmens, Dean Berlon and Scott Tiraschi.  

We lost two long-time hard-workers, Kay Carey and Roger Mullenhour, who will be sorely missed!

Nothing could be done without the Outrigger staff:

Chris, Marianne and Gana. 
Faye is missing from the picture.