Ōma'opio Ridge News

2017


 
   
 January , 2017

The Landscaping Committee has undertaken an extensive freshening of the roadside bougainvillea plants. Most of them have been severely pruned back, and we expect vigorous growth of new flowers to emerge soon. See the photos below.

 
   
  Bougainvilleas Bougainvilleas 
 
 
   
 March, 2016

Lot A has been sold

 
   
 
 
   
 September, 2015

Lot F has been sold

 
   
 
 
December, 2014
 

The new solar array is now hooked up and running! In the last month, our use of electricity for the transfer pumps has been ZERO kilowatt-hours. In other words, the new PV system is generating all the energy that those pumps require.

The full 80-panel solar array with surrounding fence.  Lot A continues up to the right, and Lot 6 can be seen to the left.

The full 80-panel solar array, with surrounding fence.  Lot A continues up to the right, and Lot 6 can be seen to the left.

 
  Another perspective on the solar array.

Another perspective on the solar array. The smaller unit, on the left, has 20 panels, and the larger one has 60 panels. Together, they can produce 20.4 kilowatts of electricity. The transfer pumps are housed in a unit that is visible immediately beyond the smaller array. The view here is toward Ikena Kai Place and Lot I

 
  Michael Hunt (left) and Mark Schaeffer of Westhaven Solar stand in front of the completed installation. Michael is Westhaven’s Maui representative.

Michael Hunt (left) and Mark Schaeffer of Westhaven Solar stand in front of the completed installation. Michael is Westhaven’s Maui representative.

 
     
October, 2014

 

A crew from the Westhaven Solar’s California office has flown to Maui, and construction has finally begun on the photovoltaic system to power the transfer pumps. Massive concrete footings were placed to support the metal framework that carries the 80 solar panels. All of the physical and electrical components have been approved by the relevant Maui Electric and County building inspectors.

This shows the metal framework that the solar panels are to be mounted on. The first few panels have been installed at the lower edge.

This shows the metal framework that the solar panels are to be mounted on. The first few panels have been installed at the lower edge.

 
 
  Another view of the metal support framework.

Another view of the metal support framework.

 
 
 

August, 2014

The equipment for the new solar array has been delivered! It includes the solar panels, the metal beams that will form the supports for the panels, and electrical equipment for transforming the power from the panels into power that can be used by the transfer pumps. The panels are the highest quality, made in the U.S.
 
Ōma'opioridge Soloar Panels 1
The flat metal pieces on the left will be assembled into a rack that the panels will be mounted on. The box at the top contains 30 panels, each about 3 feet by 5 feet. The middle box has another 30 panels, and the one on the right has 20.
 
Ōma'opioridge Solar Pannels 2
The boxes in this picture contain inverters that change direct current (DC) from the panels into alternating current (AC). Also shown are DC optimizers, the latest technology for maximizing power from panels that might be partially shaded.
 

 
April, 2014  
The Maui Electric Company (MECO) has approved our application to build a photovoltaic array to power the transfer pumps. The system will be built on an easement on Lot A. It will consist of 80 solar panels generating 20.4 kilowatts of electricity – sufficient to make the monthly MECO bill for the transfer pumps close to zero.

January, 2014

Lot I has been sold.

2013

December, 2013

Lot G has been sold.

2013

Fall, 2013

In just a few months considerable progress has been made on the house at 92 Ikena Kai Place.

 

2013

January 2013

Construction has begun on the 1000-square-foot cottage that the owners of the lot at 92 Ikena Kai Place (also known as Lot J) are building prior to the construction of a main house. Haleakalā is in the background.

 


2012

December 2012

The cameraman and an assistant prepare for shots of the waterfall, inside the atrium. Hunton Conrad (r.) being interviewed by the show’s producer and the technical crew.

The cameraman and an assistant prepare for shots of the waterfall, inside the atrium.

Hunton Conrad (r.) being interviewed by the show’s producer and the technical crew.

The “Home and Garden” cable television channel HGTV selected the famous Waterfall House on Lot 4 to appear in a show called “Cool Pools.” A four-person crew spent a full day in December gathering material for the show and interviewing Hunton Conrad about the history and construction of the house. The show is expected to be on the air sometime in the late spring of 2013. Click here for “behind the scenes” details.


2012

August, 2012

Compacted Base Asphalt Paving

Jerry Perriera and his subcontractors have built a private driveway to serve lots F and E. The photos below show the compacted base (left) and the final asphalt paving.


2012

July, 2012

Lot E has been sold.


2012

February, 2012

137 IKP entry 2 Lot A. 147 IKP entry Lot B.

Paul Rice has completed rock entryways for seven lots: Lot A, Lot B, Lots E and F (which share the initial portion of a driveway), Lot G, and Lots H and I (which also share a driveway). The entryways for Lot A and Lot B are pictured above.  Paul Rice has completed rock entryways for seven lots: Lot A, Lot B, Lots E and F (which share the initial portion of a driveway), Lot G, and Lots H and I (which also share a driveway). The entryways for Lot A and Lot B are pictured above.


2011

November, 2011

Paul Rice, who is Maui’s pre-eminent master of rock construction, is building rock entryways for Lots A, B, E, F, and G.  (Lots E and F share a driveway off Ikena Kai Place.   Also, Lot H and Lot I share a driveway).


Fall, 2011

The new roadside native Hawai’ian plants are doing well – iliahi, a'ali'i, and naio.


July, 2011

Plans are under way to build stone entryways to the driveways to Lots A, B, and G, E/F (which share a driveway entrance) and H/I (which also share a driveway). These will be similar to the ones that we have built on Lots 3 and 8. 

 

 

In preparation for that, we have added the base for the beginnings of driveways; this one is on Lot B.

 

 


 


June, 2011

Lot J has been sold.

 


Spring, 2011

 

 

As part of our continuing battle with the deer, we have installed individual fences around 23 Hau trees, which we hope will prevent further damage.  

 

 

 


2010

Summer, 2010

The native Hawaiian plants that were installed in 2009 are surviving, despite adverse conditions. 


Spring, 2010

We have constructed a stone pentagonal planter in the middle of the lower turnaround and filled it with a variety of native Hawaiian groundcover plants -- 'Ahinahina, 'Uki'uki, and 'Akia.  

The pentagonal planter is at the lower turnaround.


The pentagonal planter is at the lower turnaround.  The extension of Ikena Kai Place goes off to the right.  The driveway at the left goes to Lots 4 and 5.

 

2009

August 13, 2009

After two and a half years of work on Phase II, we finally have full, final approval from the Maui County Department of Public Works!


January 26, 2009

Ho'olawa Farms, Inc., has installed 100 native Hawaiian plants along the extension of Ikena Kai Place.  These include 23 Hao trees as well as the shrubs Alahe’e, Naio, A'ali'i, and Iliahi.  Also, they planted almost 300 Ilie'e plants (a native groundcover) on the banks above the turnaround. 

A'ali'i Shrub
A'ali'i Shrub
Iliahi Shrub
Iliahi Shrub

For earlier dates, follow a link below or scroll down for archived news on the following dates:

2008

2007

Dec 24 Dec 20 Dec 1 Nov 1 Oct 15
Oct 7 Sep 24 Aug 15 Aug 10 Jul 6
Jun 6 May 2 Apr 12 Apr 7 Apr 1

 

September 22, 2008

The Maui Electric Company (MECO) is finally hooking up the electricity through the conduits that were installed months ago.

This is a MECO pull-box
A MECO technician is preparing to hook up the electricity for Phase II.


A concrete box that houses connections between the high-voltage wires that power the Phase II lots
This is a MECO pull-box -- a concrete box that houses connections between the high-voltage wires that power the Phase II lots.




July 2, 2008
At last, the final paving of the extension of Ikena Kai Place is complete!

This shows the tank access road near the top of Phase II
This shows the tank access road near the top of Phase II. Lot C is on the left; Lot D is on the right. Mt. Haleakalā can be glimpsed in the background, above the new water tanks.


This is looking down the new road toward the lower turnaround,
This is looking down the new road toward the lower turnaround, where the orange barrier is protecting the road while it hardens. Lot I is on the left and Lot 6 is on the right.


The photo was taken looking down from close to the top of the tank access roadThis is a view down the road from about 100 yards above the boundary between Phase I and Phase II (the former gate can still be seen at the boundary). Lot A is on the right and Lot G is on the left. Beyond the fence, Lot 6 is to the right, and Lots H and I are on the left. The north shore and an edge of the West Maui Mountains are in the background.


Kahului Harbor is in the background.
The photo was taken looking down from close to the top of the tank access road.  Lot D is on the left, and Lot C is on the right.  Kahului Harbor is in the background.



June 29, 2008
Additional reinforcement of their equipment below the lower turnaroundThe Maui Electric Company has required some additional reinforcement of their equipment below the lower turnaround, and this work, part of which is shown in the photo, is now almost complete as well.


June 28, 2008
6-inch base coat of gravelThe 6-inch base coat of gravel has been laid down and compacted. The photo shows the water truck spraying the gravel base prior to compaction.  Lot E is on the left, and Lot B is on the right.


June 25, 2008
The final grading of the road The final grading of the road is complete, and the electrical cables have been extended from the lower turnaround to the upper turnaround. The picture, taken from the lower turnaround, shows a pile of the kind of gravel that will be used to create a 6-inch base. Lot I is on the right; Lot 6 is on the left.


June 20, 2008
Final grading of the upper tank access roadOver the last six months work on the water system, the electrical infrastructure, and the road has been steadily progressing. The picture shows the final grading of the upper tank access road, viewed from the upper turnaround. Lot C is on the left, and Lot D is on the right.


December 24, 2007
The concrete layer prevents any inadvertent contact with the high-voltage electric lines.Electrical subcontractor Glenn Santos (orange shirt) and his crew pour concrete over the conduits for electricity, cable TV, and telephone lines. The concrete layer prevents any inadvertent contact with the high-voltage electric lines.




December 20, 2007
Galvanized steel water tanksThe two galvanized steel water tanks have now been completed at the top of the Phase II land. They will be painted in February, after a thin protective coating has worn off.



December 1, 2007
The first of two 46,500-gallon galvanized steel water tanksThe first of two 46,500-gallon galvanized steel water tanks has been completed, but not yet painted. The concrete base for the second tank, on the left, has been prepared, and the tank wall will be rising soon. The view here is northeast, across a deep gulch that separates Ōma'opio Ridge from the nearest neighbors, who are near the palm trees in the distance.



November 1, 2007
The County of Maui has granted final bonded approval of the subdivision! This means that lots in Phase II are now available for sale.



October 15, 2007
Preparations for installing the two new Scafco water tanks are well under way.

Preparations for installing the two new Scafco water tanks are well under way.

A view of the upper tank site. All the trenches have been excavated.


This metal ring is the form into which the concrete base for one of the tanks will be poured.
This metal ring is the form into which the concrete base for one of the tanks will be poured. A similar ring will be laid out for the second tank. Each tank has a diameter of 24 feet.

Preparation of joints in the pipes. A short section of pipe will go up into the bottom of each tank.

Preparation of joints in the pipes. A short section of pipe will go up into the bottom of each tank.




October 7, 2007
Read a news article about Ōma'opio Ridge in the Maui News



September 24, 2007
Hundreds of feet of conduit of varying diameters Jerry Perreira, of AJ Trucking, has begun to dig the trenches for the high-voltage electrical conduits. Seen here are hundreds of feet of conduit of varying diameters, ready to link the new lots with the Maui Electric Company.



August 15, 2007
Based on our electrical engineer's plans, the Maui Electric Company (MECO) has proposed an underground electric distribution system. MECO will start installing the transformers and primary and secondary cables as soon as the pipes that the wires go through are in place.



August 10, 2007
The two new water tanks have been ordered. Each of these steel tanks will hold 42,000 gallons, and they are designed to operate independently in case one needs to be shut down for maintenance. They have been fully approved by the State of Hawaii's Department of Health. The existing lower tanks, which are located on an easement near Lot 6, will continue to operate as they do now.



July 6, 2007
All the new 6" ductile iron water pipes have been installed.



June 6, 2007
We now have approval from the County of Maui's Department of Services Administration to do the full construction of the infrastructure for Phase II of Ōma'opio Ridge. That means we're now able to move beyond the road-grading work that has been going on over the past few weeks, and start on laying water pipes, installing fire hydrants, and so forth.

A stack of water pipes made of ductile iron, with a diameter of 6 inches
This is a stack of water pipes made of ductile iron, with a diameter of 6 inches. It's the high-pressure pipe that will connect the new water tanks at the top of Ōma'opio Ridge to each of the lots.

A connection is made between the 6-inch iron pipe and a fire hydrantThis shows how a connection is made between the 6-inch iron pipe and a fire hydrant. All this will be buried, with just the fire hydrant (not shown here) emerging from the ground.

Heavy equipment
This shows some of the heavy equipment that the contractor A.J. Trucking & Excavating is using on the Ōma'opio Ridge project.



May 2, 2007
Work continues on the extension of Ikena Kai Place into Ōma'opio Ridge Phase II. Jerry Perreira's crew has moved down to the section of the road between the existing turnaround and the upper boundary of Lot 6.

The edge of Lot 6 is on the left. Lots H and I are on the right.The edge of Lot 6 is on the left. Lots H and I are on the right. Beyond the fence, Lot A is on the left and Lot G is on the right. In the background, Mount Haleakalā is mostly obscured by clouds.


April 12, 2007
The grading job is now under way! Jerry Perreira's company, A.J. Trucking & Excavating, has started construction of what will become the extension of Ikena Kai Place.

Excavating equipment being used to grade the roadwayThis photo was taken from above the new turnaround. Lot B is on the right and Lot C is on the left. The sitting of the road was chosen so that the large Kiawe tree would be in the center of the turnaround. We don't yet know if the two smaller Kiawe trees, one on the left and one on the right, can be saved.

The photo was taken from a spot between Lot A (on the right) and Lot G (on the left), looking north. Lot 6 is in the background. This shows some of A.J. Trucking and Excavating equipment being used to grade the roadway for the extension of Ikena Kai Place. The photo was taken from a spot between Lot A (on the right) and Lot G (on the left), looking north. Lot 6 is in the background.

April 7, 2007
The County has granted us a permit to do the grading of the Ikena Kai Place extension. Jerry Perreira's team has started to mark the final elevations and the excavation is slated to begin on April 9.


April 1, 2007
Work on Phase II has finally started! Jerry Perreira, a long-time Maui general contractor, has the contract to build the extension of Ikena Kai Place and the rest of the infrastructure for Phase II. He has started with the preliminary clearing work, preparing for the construction of the paved road and the installation of the new water tanks.

The view from the extension of Ikena Kai Place down toward the southern corner of Lot 6
The view from the extension of Ikena Kai Place down toward the southern corner of Lot 6. In this photo, Lot A is to the right and Lot G is to the left.


Bulldozer operators clear land near the new turnaround.

Jerry Perreira (left) and one of his bulldozer operators clear land near the new turnaround.