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Project Updates: Laie Gas Station, Drainage Study

Earlier this year we announced that a co-branded Foodland & Aloha Petroleum gas station is coming to the Laie Shopping Center.

In late September, Aloha announced that it was being acquired by Texas-based Susser Petroleum. Foodland and Aloha have both confirmed that the acquisition will not change plans for the new Laie gas station and convenience store kiosk.

In fact, building permits for the new Laie station were filed early this month with construction targeted to begin in the first quarter of next year.

Image from Aloha/Foodland Gas Station permit application
Image from Laie gas station building permit application

 

Commenting on the recent acquisition, Aloha’s President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Parry said, “Aloha Petroleum has a long history in Hawaii, and the expertise and financial strength that Susser brings to the Company will allow Aloha to better serve our retail, wholesale and fuel terminal customers.”

Architectural renderings for the gas station released in July illustrate how the station will match Laie Shopping Center decor, including the shake roof material, pitched roof design, and exterior color.

Front and Side Elevation Renderings
Front and side elevation renderings

 

“Foodland and Aloha Petroleum are committed to serving the Laie community with a brand new fuel station opening next year,” said Jenai S. Wall, Foodland Chairman and CEO. “The building permits have been submitted and we plan to open our new station in early summer 2015,” continued Wall.

“Foodland customers will be able to enjoy a fuel discount when they present their Maika’i card and will be able to participate in other gas promotions throughout the year for even greater savings.”

Drainage Study Update

Our April 10, 2014 newsletter reported on a planning summit, or “charrette”, in Laie to kick off the next phase of the Wailele Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study. The historic planning summit was organized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Hawaii Reserves, Inc.

Completing the study is the first step in solving flooding in Laie that is caused primarily by the overflow of Wailele stream and its inadequate outfall.

Flooding in Laie is due primarily to inadequate outfall at Wailele
Laie flooding is due primarily to inadequate capacity at Wailele

 

In addition to USACE and HRI officials, charette participants included representatives from the City & County of Honolulu, the Laie Community Association, BYU-Hawaii, and the Polynesian Cultural Center.

The charrette involved discussion, analysis and a number of on-site visits in the Laie area. (For more information about the drainage summit, click here.)

Charrette site visit to the Pounder's Beach bridge outfall
Charrette site visit to the Pounder’s Beach bridge outfall

 

In the last several months, USACE staff has been evaluating options to prevent community flooding from the Wailele Stream and developing initial alternatives.

By January 2015, USACE will recommend the best solution that meets all flood risk mitigation requirements. It will then go through a review process with the USACE.

 

Wailele Study general timeline
Wailele Study general timeline

 

USACE project manager, Deborah Solis remarked, “We look forward to identifying the best flood risk mitigation plan for this community.”

If the proposed project is authorized for construction, the next steps include securing funding for the proposed project and engineering design.

We’ll continue to provide updates as these projects and others move forward.

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Jobs at the Laie Hotel and PCC Marketplace & Hotel Construction Photo Update

Aloha Neighbor,

 On Tuesday, September 23rd, the Hawaii News Now “Sunrise on the Road” show broadcast live from Laie Point. The popular morning news show highlighted a number of great things happening in our community, including the construction of the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

Jobs at the Laie Hotel

A video segment about the new hotel featured Aisa Wiley, a local carpenter who has been working on the wood framing for the hotel. Wiley expressed his appreciation to work on this project so close to home, right here in his own community.

The construction project has indeed provided jobs for hundreds of local workers - carpenters, masons, and other skilled laborers. Once completed, the hotel will also provide a number of ongoing, operating jobs open to the local community.

 Aisa Wily and fellow carpenters at the hotel project site

Aisa Wily and fellow carpenters at the hotel project site

The operator of the Laie hotel, Lodging Dynamics, anticipates doing most of its hiring in early 2015, and has encouraged qualified individuals in our community to apply as jobs are posted.

“As previously mentioned, we will employ about 50 people, both full-time and part-time employees in hotel management, maintenance, housekeeping, front desk, and food service positions,” said Arthur Holman, vice president of operations for Lodging Dynamics.

Holman said that in addition to these 50 jobs, it is expected that qualified students in BYU-Hawaii’s Hospitality & Tourism Management major will fill several internship positions as part of the hotel’s working relationship with the university. “We’re very pleased that both employees and student interns will receive training in the Marriott hotel system - highly valuable instruction that’s a real career asset, both nationally and internationally.”

 

Conceptual rendering – Laie Courtyard by Marriott

Hotel job opportunities have been posted online at lodgingdynamics.com since May of this year. A posting for the Director of Hotel Sales position is currently listed (click here).

Jobs at the PCC Marketplace

As mentioned in previous newsletters, an impressive new variety of Polynesia-inspired dining, retail and product offerings is coming to our community next year with the opening of the Hukilau Marketplace at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

 

Conceptual rendering – PCC’s Hukilau Marketplace

Scheduled to open in January 2015, the PCC is now hiring and currently has four open job positions:

  • Marketplace & Tenant Services Manager
  • Pounders Restaurant Manager
  • Pounders Restaurant Chef de Cuisine
  • Pounders Restaurant Head Baker

Those interested in these employment opportunities should e-mail personnel@polynesia.com for more information, and go to the PCC jobs page (click here).

 Hotel Construction Photo Update

The Laie Courtyard by Marriott hotel is still on schedule to open the middle of next year. Photos illustrating the good progress are featured below.

 View of hotel from the walking path fronting the PCC

View of hotel from the walking path fronting the PCC

 

 Hotel lobby building on right, hotel wing on left

Hotel lobby building on right, hotel wing on left

 

 Framing underway for lobby interior

Framing underway for lobby interior

 

 View of future pool and courtyard area (note palm trees rising over hotel roof)

Future pool & courtyard area (note palm trees rising over hotel roof)

 

 Hotel view from Kahuku side of property

Hotel view from Kahuku side of property

For more information about the Laie hotel, the Hukilau Marketplace, and other projects, please see our newsletter archive.

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Hotel & Marketplace Construction Update – Timelapse Video & Photos

In July we provided readers with a photo update of on-going construction at the Laie Courtyard by Marriott hotel. In this issue we include new photos illustrating recent progress on the hotel, along with the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Hukilau Marketplace.

We also feature a timelapse video that documents hotel construction work from April through early August, and highlight one of the local carpenters working on the project.

 View across entryway towards lobby and hotel wing

View across entryway towards lobby and hotel wing

 

 Aerial view of entryway, lobby and hotel wing

Aerial view of entryway, lobby and hotel wing

 

 Hotel wing facing makai

Hotel wing facing makai

 

 Hotel site facing mauka

Hotel site facing mauka

 

 Polynesian Cultural Center's Marketplace under construction

Polynesian Cultural Center’s Marketplace under construction

 

 PCC Marketplace with Laie Marriott in background

Hukilau Marketplace with hotel site in background

 

 Hotel construction timelapse video screen shot

Hotel construction timelapse video – click here to view

As expected, the hotel and marketplace projects have provided hundreds of jobs for local workers, many from our own community.

Aisa Wily, a carpenter with Worthington Military Construction, has been working on the wood framing for the new Laie hotel. With nearly 20 years experience in the construction industry, Wily noted, “We were very happy to get this work, right here in our own community. We usually have to travel far to get to the project site, so we’re really grateful to have this much work so close to home.”

 Aisa Wily and fellow carpenters at the hotel project site

Aisa Wily and fellow carpenters at the hotel project site

Wily also talked about the unique, personal connection he and his family have to this community project. ”My father helped to build the Laniloa Lodge [which opened in 1964], so I’m especially glad to be part of building this new hotel on the same site,” said Wily.

The Laie Courtyard by Marriott hotel is still on schedule to open the middle of next year.

For more information about the Laie hotel, please see our newsletter archive. For more info about the PCC’s Hukilau Marketplace, please click here.

We’ll provide future updates as the work continues to progress.

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McDonald’s Site Work Beginning

You may have noticed that the dust screen fronting Kamehameha Highway near the Laie hotel site appears to be growing. That’s because an additional dust screen was recently placed around the site of the future Laie McDonald’s and the adjacent, commercially-zoned corner property.

New dust screen at McDonald's site
New dust screen at McDonald’s site (note hotel under construction at far left)

 

The six-foot high, black dust screen was installed in preparation for infrastructure site work that begins in earnest this week for the new McDonald’s restaurant and corner lot. That work includes site grading, the installation of water lines, sewer, storm water and irrigation lines, and the creation of a storm water detention basin.

The construction and paving of driveways to provide access to the site from Iosepa roadway and Kamehameha highway are also part of the job. Laie-based general contracting company, Solo Corp., will oversee the project to get the site ready for McDonald’s to construct its restaurant building.

Laie McDonald's conceptual site plan
Laie McDonald’s conceptual site plan

 

Iosepa Electric, another local Laie company, will also be installing roadway streetlights and the underground electrical lines that will provide power to the new McDonald’s and the adjacent Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

Siotame Uluave, president of Solo Corp., said, “We’re excited to be a part of this project, right here in our own community. All of the work will be finished in approximately five months, with the McDonald’s site pad work complete in about a month.”

McDonald's Landscape Plan
McDonald’s landscape plan

 

McDonald’s will begin building construction shortly after the site pad is ready, with a targeted opening for early next year.

We’ll continue to provide updates as construction work progresses.

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Tropical Storm Preparedness Reminder

As Tropical Storms Iselle and Julio approach the Hawaiian Islands, today key members of the Envision Laie Team issued a reminder letter to residents regarding emergency preparations.

An image of the letter is posted below, along with the text:

Preparedness Reminder Letter - Tropical Storms Iselle & Julio

Dear Neighbor:

Aloha. As Tropical Storms Iselle and Julio approach Oahu, forecasts indicate our communities will experience heavy rains and gusty winds. As we all prepare for stormy weather, please be aware of the following:

Entity Flood Prevention

Whenever heavy rain is expected Hawaii Reserves, Inc., crews confirm in advance that Laie streams and major drainage system outfalls and inlets are clean, and they notify the City if outfall cleaning is needed on government properties. HRI and BYU-Hawaii crews may provide some limited traffic control to reduce and slow travel through inundated areas. The university will restrict the flow from its retention ponds to allow the community to drain first before draining sections of its property, and the Polynesian Cultural Center has implemented a procedure to create a little more holding capacity in its lagoon.

Resident Flood Prevention

Residents can help by removing items on their properties that could clog the community drainage system (e.g., tarps, garbage bags, green waste, toys) and by safely keeping drains around their homes free flowing. In addition, items that could become airborne in high winds should be stored or secured. As always, we encourage each family to have a flood mitigation plan and supplies.

Community Resources

As circumstances warrant, sand will be made available at Hukilau Beach and the vacant lot makai of the LDS Laie Hawaii Stake center starting Wednesday, August 6th at 8 a.m. Residents will need to bring their own sandbags for filling. The City & County Yard, located next to the transfer station on the northern end of Laie, reportedly will have some sandbags available after 12 noon on Thursday, August 7th if storm conditions are still forecast. The BYU-Hawaii CAC will be open as an American Red Cross Shelter on Thursday at 4 p.m., to the general public in need of emergency evacuation. In the event of a power outage, residents with sewer pump related issues should call the City’s 24 hour help line at 768-7272.

Long-term Drainage Solutions

For information about the latest efforts to find long-term drainage solutions for Laie, please click here to see relevant newsletter articles, including “Drainage Charrette Held in Laie” (April 4, 2014 edition) and “Drainage Retention Work Starting” (July 14, 2014 edition).

We appreciate your kokua as we work together to be prepared for stormy weather.

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