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Courtyard Marriott Job Fair This Week Call for Papers – 150th Celebration

A job fair is being held on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17 for the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Laie.

The operator of the Laie hotel, Lodging Dynamics, is sponsoring the fair being held on the BYU-Hawaii campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Heber J. Grant building.

Full and part-time positions are available, including supervisory / management positions. Any and all interested applicants are invited to attend.

“We expect to employ about 50 people, both full-time and part-time employees in hotel management, maintenance, housekeeping, front desk, and food service positions,” said David Betham, general manager for the Laie hotel.

Betham, a long-time Ko’olauloa resident, was hired several months ago and oversees all aspects of the new hotel’s operation.

Betham said that in addition to these 50 jobs, qualified students in BYU-Hawaii’s Hospitality & Tourism Management major are expected to fill several internship positions. “Training in the Marriott hotel system is very valuable instruction and a real career asset, both nationally and internationally – we’re pleased that both employees and student interns will receive this benefit.”

Laie Courtyard under construction (March 2015)
Laie Courtyard by Marriott under construction (March 2015)

For more information and to apply online beforehand, go to: http://lodgingdynamics.applicantpro.com/jobs/

Call for Papers – “Laie: A Sesquicentennial Celebration”

As announced last year, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Laie!

In connection with its annual conference, being held in October on the BYU-Hawaii campus, the Mormon Pacific Historical Society is calling for papers addressing issues and events that have contributed to Laie’s history over the past century and a half.

The deadline for submission is September 1, 2015. Abstracts and questions should be directed to Mark James (jamesm@byuh.edu).

A number of events celebrating the sesquicentennial are being planned – we will update everyone as details become available.

Mahalo,

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Laie Gas Station & Other Projects Moving Forward

The building that housed the relocated L&L’s Hawaiian Barbeque restaurant will soon be demolished.

“Laie Shopping Center patrons and local residents will see demolition work starting today,” said Jeff Tyau, operations vice-president at land management company, Hawaii Reserves, Inc. “We’re pleased that the demolition and construction permit has been secured and the project is moving forward.”

Tyau added that the work will include not only building demolition, but also a slight reconfiguration of the shopping center entrance and divider islands, the creation of an additional 33 parking stalls, and some new striping and landscaping. The project will take approximately six weeks to complete.

The demolition and other work makes way for the new, co-branded Aloha Petroleum and Foodland gas station. Construction of the station is expected to begin as the parking lot finishing work winds down, subject to Aloha securing necessary building permits.

 Site and striping plan for the south end of Laie Shopping Center

Site and striping plan for the south end of Laie Shopping Center

As previously announced, Aloha Petroleum expects the construction of the station to take about four months to complete. It will have four fuel dispensers with eight fueling spots – including regular, plus, super, ethanol free and diesel fuel – and an 850 square-foot kiosk housing a convenience store.

 Elevation renderings from building permit application

Elevation renderings from building permit application

Property manager, Richard Vierra, noted that there will be a temporary shortage of parking stalls during construction. ”We have asked shopping center tenant employees to park towards the highway to open up closer stalls for our patrons, and kindly ask for everyone’s patience as we work through this temporary inconvenience.”

Vierra added, “We’re excited about the great amenity that the new gas station will bring to our community.”

Other Projects

Post Office Temporary Relocation

Earlier this month a rental car veered through the Laie Shopping Center and hit the exterior wall of the U.S. Post Office. Fortunately, no one was injured but the post office space sustained significant damage.

 Post Office temporarily location next to 'Ohana Chiropractic and the public restroom

Post Office temporary location next to ‘Ohana Chiropractic and the center’s public restroom

As a result, the post office has been reopened on a temporary basis in the former Envision Laie space. Current operating hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm, and on Saturday 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Repairs to the U.S. Post Office space should be completed by mid-April.

Laie McDonald’s

Residents recently noticed some changes at the site of the new McDonald’s. The roadway that will provide access to the restaurant building is now finished and the dust cover around the property boundary has been removed. Besides the right turn in from and out to the highway, residents will be able to access the McDonald’s from Naniloa Loop.

 Finished roadway servicing McDonald's (sandy pad in background)

Finished roadway that will service McDonald’s (sandy pad in background)

 With permits in hand and all necessary utilities green lighted, construction on the building will begin soon. ”We anticipate construction and finishing of the new building to take approximately four months,” said Michael Muyco, Construction Manager for McDonald’s Corporation. 

Laie Courtyard by Marriott Hotel

The new hotel is on schedule for its targeted opening in a few months with some landscape elements recently installed, and exterior finishing coming along nicely.

As always, we’ll provide updates as these projects and others continue to progress. Please check out our Newsletter Archives for more info.

 

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Housing Removed from the KSCP

The City Council Zoning & Planning Committee yesterday removed housing designations in the Laie-Malaekahana area from Bill 47 – the Ko’olauloa Sustainable Communities Plan (KSCP).

Bill 47 as currently amended now includes no housing designations in Malaekahana or Laie – including the 550 units previously sited behind BYU-Hawaii campus and the Laie sewage treatment facility. We are deeply disappointed and concerned about this development.

 The hearing was attended by dozens of proponents and opponents of affordable housing at Malaekahana.

In spite of testimony by many local residents expressing a dire need for area housing, the zoning committee ultimately followed the recommendation of its chairman, Ikaika Anderson (Kaneohe-Kailua-Waimanalo), to remove the housing.

 Planning Director, George Atta, answers questions

Planning Director, George Atta, answers questions

We appreciate the efforts of everyone who attended and testified in support of a more sustainable future for Ko’olauloa. Envision Laie supporters fought hard and are to be commended for their efforts.

It’s not over yet, and there will be at least three more public hearings on Bill 47, possibly in April or sometime thereafter.

The Envision Laie leadership team is reviewing all options and we are hopeful that further amendment to Bill 47 will reincorporate much needed housing for our communities.

In the meantime, residents can e-mail and call the following City Council members to voice their concerns:

Ernest Y. Martin (District 2 Rep. and Council Chairman)
Phone: 808.768.5002
Email: emartin@honolulu.gov

Ikaika Anderson (Zoning & Planning Chairman)
Phone: 808.768.5003
Email: ianderson@honolulu.gov

Trevor Ozawa (Zoning & Planning Vice-Chair)
Phone: 808.768.5004
Email: tozawa@honolulu.gov

Joey Manahan (Zoning & Planning member)
Phone: 808.768.5007
Email: jmanahan@honolulu.gov

Carol Fukunaga (Zoning & Planning member)
Phone: 808.768.5006
Email: cafukunaga@honolulu.gov

Ann Kobayashi (Zoning & Planning member)
Phone: 808.768.5005
Email: akobayashi@honolulu.gov

Residents are also invited to set up a “cottage meeting” with family and friends to learn more. To do so, please contact Jane Toluono at 293-9201.

We encourage everyone to continue to participate in the process and express their opinion to decision makers.

Mahalo,

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Reminder: City Council Hearing Tomorrow

As announced, the City Council Zoning & Planning Committee hearing is tomorrow morning at Honolulu Hale. Time to stand up and be counted:

  • Thursday, March 5th, 10 a.m.
  • Honolulu Hale, Conference Committee Room
  • If you need a ride, round-trip buses leave BYU-Hawaii admin parking lot at 8 a.m.

Some Envision Laie proposals are in the KSCP, such as affordable housing at Malaekahana, and growth for BYU-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Opponents and zoning committee chair, Ikaika Anderson, are calling for housing in the Laie-Malaekahana area to be removed from the KSCP.

The decision of the committee will be based largely on the voices heard at this meeting.

We encourage you to attend and wear your blue Envision Laie t-shirt to show your support! Contact Jane Toluono at 293-6467 to request your free shirt.

Some Basic Facts about the KSCP

As a refresher, the KSCP is a land use plan created by the City & County of Honolulu for the region.

  • KSCP is a 25-year, conceptual planning guide for land use in our region. It does NOT grant zoning rights to build.
  • It includes community proposals for more jobs and housing in the area, including growth options for: workforce housing at Malaekahana, BYU-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center.
  • It calls for a minimum of 50% of the housing units to be affordable (the current City requirement is 30%), and that they should first meet the needs of those who live and work in the region.
  • The median home price on Oahu is $720,000 (as of Dec. 2014). A unique workforce housing programcould cut home prices roughly in half of what’s typical in the market, provide a housing preference for the local workforce, and help stabilize the community and its institutions.
  • Workforce housing at Malaekahana is intended to address pent-up demand for those who already live here; therefore, a low to moderate population increase is expected.
  • KSCP keeps the region “country” by leaving 94.1% of Ko’olau Loa land undeveloped; the developed area increases by less than 1.5%.
  • About 2/3 of the Malaekahana land – essentially the land between Gunstock Ranch and Kahuku bridge - remains as is, in Agriculture.
  • KSCP promotes a model of live-work-shop-play in the same area, where residents don’t need to commute to town.
  • Ko’olau Loa’s peak traffic is mostly caused by weekend and visitor activities, such as high surf and turtle watching, not the number of local area residents.

To see the plan, go to the City Department of Planning & Permitting website, or click here.

Laie From Above

Make Your Voice Heard – Send A Written Comment

We have another opportunity to make our views known, and we hope you will participate in the input process.

Comments need not be lengthy to be effective – a simple statement regarding your support for the plan is fine. Testimony can be submitted by going to the City’s website at: http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html. The agenda item is Bill 47 (KSCP).

Encourage your household members, family and friends to send in their comments too – every opinion matters and every voice counts!

Our community’s future depends on our combined support – our participation is critical. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

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Envision Commentary in Star-Advertiser, Public Hearing March 5th

As you may have seen, the Sunday, March 1st edition of the Star-Advertiser included a commentary by an Envision Laie team leader, Eric Beaver, president of Hawaii Reserves, Inc.

Screen shot of Eric Beaver commentary in newspaper

We have included it here in case you have missed it:

Laie has always been a model, walkable “live-work-play” sustainable community, long before it became a popular planning concept. However, Hawaii’s shift to a global marketplace has driven home prices far out of reach for most of the state’s working families, including Laie’s and those of nearby areas.

Here the housing crisis creates acute overcrowding, or worse, painful splitting of long-time families, between here and the mainland, making the “live” in our live-work-play community become near impossible for working families.

It’s also undermining the foundation of the region’s cultural, historical, educational and economic drivers, including the Brigham Young University-Hawaii and the world-famous living museum, the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Laie, together with its rich culture, special heritage and unique offerings, has been a significant part of the island’s fabric for 150 years. Bill 47 helps to preserve that legacy into the future by shifting unbuildable existing housing designations to the Laie-Malaekahana area. Existing housing designations are either down-wind of the sewer plant, on steep slopes, low-lying flood prone areas requiring multiple stream crossings for access; or hem in the university – the former makes affordable housing impossible, the latter threatens BYU-Hawaii’s long-term viability.

The Laie-Malaekahana housing designation in Bill 47 is on non-food bearing AG-2 land that is flat and gently sloped, and conducive to affordable housing for our area’s working families.

To eliminate housing from the proposed Ko’olauloa Sustainable Communities Plan (KSCP), as contained in Bill 47, is to remove the “live” in what has always been a self-sustaining, live-work-play community. This unfairly shuts the community out of the process.

With no affordable housing options in Laie or Ko’olauloa, our workforce would be compelled to the less sustainable “live-drive-work-drive-sleep” model.

Why not sustain an existing “live-work-play” community by simply carving out a fraction of Oahu’s needed 24,000 units to provide desperately needed housing to keep working families living in the country?

The proposed KSCP includes 875 housing units in Laie-Malaekahana over the next 25-years, and calls for 50 percent of them to be affordable.

Based on well-established workforce housing programs elsewhere, we have identified a solution that could cut home prices roughly in half, and provide a housing preference for local workforce residents.

The KSCP housing designation in Laie-Malaekahana sets aside less than 1 percent of the moku’s acreage to help its families remain and thrive. We have yet to see a better plan.

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Laie Aerial (alternate)

As mentioned, our community has a solution that could cut home prices to roughly half of what’s typically offered in the market, and provide a housing preference for the local workforce.

However, zoning committee chair, Ikaika Anderson, is calling for housing in the Laie-Malaekahana area to be removed from the proposed City plan.

A City Council Zoning & Planning Committee hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, March 5th, 10 a.m. at Honolulu City Council. The committee will take public testimony on Bill 47 – the Ko’olauloa Sustainable Communities Plan (KSCP).

Some Envision Laie proposals are in the KSCP, such as affordable housing at Malaekahana, and growth for BYU-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center.

If you are in favor of the KSCP, which would help solve the affordable housing crisis in our communities, you can help:

1.  Call and e-mail City Council members, including Ikaika Anderson, to voice your support for housing in Laie-Malaekahana. For phone numbers and e-mail addresses, click on View Councilmembers, under About The Council on their website (www.honolulu.gov/council).

2.  Attend and testify at the hearing on Thursday, March 5th, 10 a.m.

3.  Set up a “cottage meeting” with family and friends to learn more. To do so, please contact Jane Toluono at 293-9201.

We encourage everyone to attend this hearing and participate in the democratic process – your voice and our combined support is critical to our community’s future!

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