Aloha from the Enchanted Lake Residents Association!

We support initiatives that restore the quality of the Kaelepulu and Kawainui waterways for the benefit of the fish, endangered waterbirds and other species who historically thrived in these waters. Improving this habitat will also benefit the many people who fish, play, visit, or live near these waters.

While the community is actively working to improve the ecosystem, we need the City to conduct monthly openings of the berm at Kailua Beach Park, and we need the State to restore partial, controlled, waterflow from Kawainui to Kaelepulu.

This will result in significant improvements to the ecosystem by mimicking the natural, historical hydrology of the estuary. With public and private entities working together, we can all look forward to vibrant, healthy waterways from mauka to makai.

About Ka‘elepulu Pond (Enchanted Lake) and ELRA

Ka‘elepulu Pond, located in Windward O‘ahu, is also known as Enchanted Lake and includes about 95 acres of water, wetlands and small, low islands. It connects to the ocean at Kailua Beach Park via Ka‘elepulu Canal. Access to the lake is restricted to residents who are members of the Enchanted Lake Residents Association (ELRA).

ELRA is a non-profit organization that holds title to and manages a 79.471 acre portion of the lake. The board of the ELRA has taken a pro-active role in the management of the pond, with the ultimate goal of restoring Kaelepulu to support diverse fisheries resources and recreational activities in clean water. Read more about the lake’s history.

Your Opinion Needed: Monday, May 10, before 4:30 PM

StormwaterOur Councilmember Esther Kiaʻāina has included a request for $1.67M for improvements to City drain lines that now discharge debris-laden stormwater into Kaelepulu Pond and into Kailua Bay. Many feel that these improvements can make a big difference to water quality in the lake, streams and Kailua Bay. Let the council know if you support these improvements by using the quick and easy online “testify” form.

This is part of a large budget bill (this project is on page 16 of the 59 page bill) that includes a variety of projects including money for rail and other items. The stormwater funding is project #2018078.

Here’s the info you’ll need to submit —

Go to: https://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html
Meeting Date: 05-11-2021
Council Committee: Budget
Agenda Item: Council Bill 7 (2021), CD1, project #2018078

Let them know if you support or oppose, and you can use the comment section to specify which project you support. Your opinion matters!

“Catch and Release” policy for Kaelepulu Pond

There is a strict catch and release policy in place for our lake. Any animal caught by any means, including fish, shrimp, crab, oysters, etc., must be released expeditiously — unharmed and alive — back into the Lake. We urge all to properly remove hooks and strongly encourage the use of de-barbed hooks.

Those who have fun fishing and crabbing can continue to do so! The only change is the fish, shrimp, crab, etc., must be released back into the Lake. This will help keep our lake stock from being depleted and prevent anyone from eating potentially contaminated seafood. It also stops those who would take our fish for commercial purposes. Our goal is to have a healthy, clean lake for our wildlife and our members to enjoy!

As a reminder, Lake Use Rules paragraph VI Fishing states:

A. Fishing in the Lake by pole or with rod and reel is limited to residents and their guests only. Traps for crabbing by residents are permitted within 15 feet of the resident’s own sidewall. Moored nets and traps are not permitted on the Lake.
B. Gill nets, fish traps, spears, etc. are forbidden. Eating anything taken from the Lake is at your own risk and is contrary to the lake catch and release policy.
C. WARNING!! Whether fishing, crabbing, or oystering, keep in mind that the Lake is not routinely tested for pollution and the coliform count has been known to exceed public health standards, particularly after heavy rains.
D. Any animal caught by any means, including fish, shrimp, crab, oysters, etc., must be released expeditiously — unharmed and alive — back into the Lake.

Check out our Algae Harvester

Many have already seen the Eco Harvester on the lake. Click on the picture below to start the video, and you can see it in action. To see more pictures, click here.


Board meetings are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month, 7pm, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 780 Keolu Drive. Residents are welcome to attend.

Contact us for date confirmation and meeting location if you are interested in coming. You can read the board meeting minutes.

If you would like to be on our mailing list, please sign up.

Water Quality

You can check if the State Department of Health has posted any warnings about water quality in the Kailua waters by going here: health.hawaii.gov/cwb/ and then click on "Current Water Quality Advisories."

Dredging Project Information

The ELRA board has obtained permits for the dredging of portions of the lake to improve water circulation, restore aquatic habitat, and re-establish the navigable waterway capacity for public health, safety, and enjoyment. Next we will be obtaining quotes from contractors.

The project would involve dredging up to 23,900 cubic yards of silt, clay, gravel, and aquatic vegetation from various locations within Ka‘elepulu Pond.

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