Kent's Corner

Communication is key

Aloha! It has been an exciting year for us in the Community Center. We have started several initiatives to enhance the community and improve the quality of life for the homeowners and residents. Most of the initiatives reflect our effort to offer a diverse set of amenities. You will find information on most of the new amenities on this website.  We strive to provide the community with a space that improves your way of life. Over the next few months we will continue to keep you updated on changes as they happen in Ocean Pointe, and would like to encourage you to send us your ideas of improvements you would like to see.       

 

In addition to the focus on Amenities, one of our key initiatives is a commitment to improving the way in which we communicate.  We have found that communication is the key to building a cohesive and welcoming community.


Unsolicited (junk) mail seems to have become an unavoidable fact of life for most of us. To keep your mailboxes from becoming more overloaded, the form of communication we encourage everyone to use is our website. On this one site you can get much of the news relating to Ocean Pointe, find forms you might need for renting the Community Center, read information about our facilities and events, and access so many things right at your fingertips. Our website is the most informative and thoughtfully constructed community website on the Leeward side.

 

For those who wished to stay informed via email you can sign up for our Weekly Ocean Pointe Bulletin located at the bottom of this webpage. Although your email box gets as many unsolicited communications as your postal mailbox, or more, you can be assured that none of the email from Ocean Pointe will be a solicitation.  Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor are other options. We update our social media platforms on a daily basis.

 

Communication is truly the key to keep information flowing in Ocean Pointe and it is a multi-lane highway. Explore our website, read our newsletters, and always you can call or e-mail our office with questions and concerns. Let’s keep the communication flowing!

 

Ocean Pointe is a model community and getting better every day. It will remain one of the most desirable places to live in Oahu with your continued support and spirit of community. I'm passionate about our future, and working with and serving all of you is the best!

 

 

Mahalo nui,

Kent

General Manager

Ocean Pointe Residential Community Association


Palm Trees with Sheet Bands

Palm Trees and Roof Rats

 

Arrival of Rodents in Hawaii

 

Hawai'i is the most isolated chain of islands in the world. Millions of years before the arrival of Polynesians, plants and animals arrived via wind, wings and waves. As they spread across the islands, many of these plants and animals changed over time, losing their defenses against predators that weren’t present, including rats, mice, and mongooses.

 

The Polynesian rats (sometimes called the Pacific rat) first arrived with Polynesians perhaps 900 years ago.  The Roof rat, Norway rat, and house mouse arrived after Western contact in the late 1700’s, and mongooses were introduced in 1883. Introduced rats are responsible for the loss of vast lowland palm forests throughout Hawaiʻi. Areas like the Ewa plains were moist lowland loulu palm forests until rodents invaded and ate the seeds, flowers, and young palms.

 

Nesting Pests

Rats -- and in particular, the roof rat (Rattus rattus) -- are known to nest in palm trees. In fact, palm trees are the preferred choice of roof rats, although other types of rats also enjoy nesting in palms and other trees. They are excellent climbers and, once in the tree, can easily make their way to rooftops and into attics by creeping along overhead wires. They'll chew through wood, electrical wires and even through your palm fronds, causing them to droop and possibly drop. Short

chopping down the tree, your best bet is to prevent the rats from being able to climb up to the fronds in the first place.

 

Sheet Metal Shield

A band of sheet metal, wrapped around the trunk, can prevent climbing pests from gaining a foothold. But don't think you have to encase the entire trunk in shimmering gray -- it only takes one strip of metal between 12 and 24 inches wide to be effective. Palm trees that have multiple or clumping trunks, on the other hand, should be protected by a 2-foot-tall metal wall that, when inserted into the ground, surrounds all of the trunks.


Installing the Band

Metal bands should be placed at least 4 feet up the trunk, as some rats can jump as high as 3 feet. Wrap the metal band around the palm's trunk, but don't nail it to the tree -- this will damage the tree. Instead, place a wire against the trunk vertically; then, as you wrap the band around the tree, ensure you place it over the wire. Secure the band in place by bending the ends of the wire over the metal band. The wire should be a few inches longer than the band is wide to ensure the ends are long enough to bend over the band. The band should be snug enough so that it won't slip down, but not so tight that it cuts into the tree. Check the band occasionally, and adjust it as needed.

 

Why it is important

Rodents Threaten Public Health

Rats are carriers of more than 40 harmful human diseases such as rat lung worm, leptospirosis, murine typhus, rat-bite fever, Weil’s disease, Chaga’s disease, rickettsial pox, tularemia, trichinosis, Lassa fever, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, rabies, and bubonic plague. Many of these diseases have an environmental/natural area component, and some that are particularly important to Hawaiʻi are described here.

 

Rat lung worm is a tropical disease caused by a parasitic worm carried by rats. The rats excrete the parasite larvae in their feces, which are sometimes eaten by snails and slugs.  People can become infected when they eat under cooked or under washed produce with infected snails, slugs, or their mucus.

 

Toxoplasmosis is a parasite that can be transmitted to cats and pigs when they eat infected rodents, birds, or other small animals. People contract toxoplasmosis by accidentally ingesting the microscopic larvae from under cooked pork, or cat or pig feces in soil or water.  Infections commonly affect the retina. If the infection settles in the macula, good vision is permanently lost. When contracted by a pregnant woman, it can be very harmful to the unborn baby, and can result in a miscarriage.

 

Trichinosis is a parasitic roundworm carried by pigs and other wild game that have eaten infected rats.  It can be transmitted to people when they eat raw or under cooked pork or wild game that contains the parasite.

   

Murine typhus is a bacterial disease that rats, mice, and mongooses can carry. It can be transmitted to people when they are bitten by fleas that have fed on infected rodents or mongooses.  In Hawai‘i, 5-6 cases occur each year.

   

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is passed from animals to humans when they come in contact with urine from infected animals such as rodents, mongooses, and pigs. Rats and mice are the most important carriers of this disease in Hawai‘i. People catch Leptospirosis when stream water or mud containing urine from infected animals enters their body through their eyes, nose, mouth or broken skin. Leptospirosis is currently circulating in Hawai'i. It is estimated that 100–200 cases of Leptospirosis are identified annually in the United States. Approximately 50% of these cases occur in Hawai'i.

Maintaining the Pristine Beauty of our Community

Please help us keep Ocean Pointe aesthetically appealing. Driving around Ocean Pointe, it is hard to miss all of the signs tacked to utility and traffic poles. From shows and concerts to garage sales and lost pets, many people think nothing of using the poles as their own private message boards. It may seem harmless enough, but posting signs, fliers and announcements on City/County poles is illegal and subject to serious penalties.


There are several reasons for the laws. These postings degrade the unique beauty of our beloved community, they are dangerous for utility line and repair workers, and more importantly they serve to distract drivers. Hawai'i Revised Statutes 445-114 and 445-121 spell out penalties for individuals who post signs on poles and for organizations sponsoring advertised events or operating businesses being advertised. Fines for posting signs on poles can be as high as $500 and/or 30 days in jail. Additionally, once perpetrators receive written notice of the violation, they may be subject to additional fines of up to $200 per posted piece and may have to perform community service if they don't remove the signs within 72 hours after the date of the advertised event or after written notification of the violation, whichever comes first.


These fliers are visual pollution that lower the quality of life for our residents and detracts from the beauty of our community. Commercial fliers are the most objectionable. It's not hard for promoters to hire people who with a staple gun and a trunk full of these cheap eyesores, can bring "instant ugliness" to some of Ocean Pointe’s most beautiful streets.


But even signs for a baby lu'au, garage sale, or lost pet are illegal and add to the visual pollution. These fliers often remain long past the event, frayed and faded, until rain and wind finally remove them months later. The result is more litter, as ugly and unappealing as discarded beer cans and fast-food wrappers.


What can you do? Inform anyone you see posting signs that it is illegal and could subject them to penalties.

If poles on your street have been "papered" with event advertisements or other notices, call our G4S security at 227-9098 to report the problem.


If your club is looking for a service project, consider removing the duct tape, nails, or staples from poles in your neighborhood. Safety first, please use heavy gloves and proper tools.





Our Community

Aloha! How much do you know about Ocean Pointe? We welcomed the first homeowners to this master-planned community in 1998. Since then, Ocean Pointe has been recognized countless times for its homes, landscaping, energy value, community design, and planning. More than 2,500 families currently call this award-winning community their home.

 

There are more than 50 different model homes in this community. There is a mix of single and two-story single-family homes as well as townhomes, some of which front the Ernie Els-designed golf course at Hoakalei Country Club.

 

Probably the single most differentiating feature of Ocean Pointe is its welcoming, walkable design, which is reminiscent of traditional hometown neighborhoods. Ocean Pointe’s land plan is more pedestrian friendly and the continuous, uninterrupted landscaping makes the neighborhoods more appealing to the eye.

 

The Ocean Pointe Residential Community Association (OPRCA) is the master association. Within OPRCA, there are eight different sub-associations. Altogether, Ocean Pointe consists of 2,536 units, which are single-family homes, paired homes, and townhouses. The eight sub-associations are located within three areas, as follows: 

 

Area 1:

  • Ke'Aina Kai Community Association (428 units)
  • Ke'Aina Kai Townhouses (256 units)
  • Mariners Place Townhouses (126 units)

Area 2:

  • Ke Noho Kai Community Association (411 units)
  • Ke Noho Kai Townhouses (151 units)
  • Spinnaker Place Townhouses (304 units)
  • Townhomes at Fairway's Edge (216 units)

Area 3:

  • Ke'alohi Kai Community Association (555 units)

 

It is extremely important for you to know where you live. Where you live impacts so many things such as parking passes, design guidelines, association fees, landscaping and irrigation issues, etc. On our webpage you will find useful information on sub-association points of contact, recommended vendors, parking, community events, and much more.


Ocean Pointe is a great community and getting better every day. It will remain one of the most desirable places to live with your continued support and spirit of community. I love my job, and working with and serving all of you is the best!

 

 

Mahalo nui,

Kent

General Manager

Ocean Pointe Residential Community Association