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Hotel Project Update

A couple of weeks ago we announced the great news that local resident, David Betham, was hired to manage the Courtyard by Marriott hotel here in Laie. In this edition, we provide a brief update on the hotel project and feature some recent photos.

Construction of the new hotel is moving forward and is on schedule for its grand opening this Summer.

Community leaders recently took a “hard hat” tour of the hotel in progress.

Finishing work has begun on both the interior and the exterior.

Residents may have heard about the discovery on site last month of some human bone fragments (iwi kupuna). Construction workers stopped work in the area, and the project’s on-site archaeological monitor notified the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD).

SHPD staff made a site visit, as did the Ko’olauloa representative on the Oahu Island Burial Council (OIBC). Earlier this week SHPD determined that the remains should be relocated. Kumu Cy Bridges, former OIBC representative, assisted with the reburial of the individual at the Laie Cemetery, providing a dedicatory prayer and oli.

In past months other bones have been discovered on the project site, but were determined by SHPD to be animal remains.

We’ll continue to provide updates as the work moves forward.

Mahalo

 

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Local Resident to Manage Laie Marriott

Earlier this year we announced that qualified applicants in our community were being sought to head up the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Laie.

Today the operator of the hotel, Lodging Dynamics, announced that Laie resident, David Betham, has accepted the position of General Manager for the new hotel.

New Laie Hotel General Manager, David Betham
David Betham, General Manager of the Laie Hotel

“We are very happy and pleased that Dave has accepted this position,” said Arthur Holman, Vice President of Operations for Lodging Dynamics. “We began our search some time ago and received great resumes from across the globe, many with connections to Hawaii and to Oahu. Ultimately, we narrowed our selection to a number of qualified applicants with local roots and ties — we knew it was important to get the right person in place to lead this hotel. We met some amazing candidates through the process.”

New General Manager, David Betham, said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to work in my backyard, and with members of our community. I am excited at the prospect of working with the outstanding team at Lodging Dynamics. Our Laie community has anxiously awaited this development, and we truly see this as a blessing for our community.”

Betham added, “I have full faith that as a team, we can make this property a jewel in Lodging Dynamics’ portfolio, the assets of the owners, and to our North Shore and Windward communities.”

Conceptual Rendering of Laie Courtyard by Marriott
Conceptual Rendering of Laie Courtyard by Marriott

 

Betham, a long-time Laie resident, will oversee all aspects of the new hotel’s operation, including implementation of brand service strategy and initiatives. He has a 30-year hospitality background that includes hotels on Oahu in operations and finance positions. He started his career with Turtle Bay Hilton. Betham has also worked in a number of other travel-related and tourism industries in Hawaii, including the Polynesian Cultural Center. He is a graduate of BYU-Hawaii with a degree in Business Administration.

Betham’s wife, Cindy, has been a teacher at Laie Elementary for more than 20 years. They take great pride in their “blended” family of 11 children, and are grateful Betham will no longer need to commute more than an hour to work.

Holman added that the hiring of qualified individuals in other key positions will soon be announced and posted as well, including the Director of Sales, Assistant General Manager, Executive Housekeeper, and Chief Engineer. “We will work with David on the final selection for these positions.” The hotel is on schedule for its targeted opening in the Summer of 2015.

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou to you and your loved ones!

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New L&L’s Opening Next Week, Other Projects Moving Forward

L&L’s Hawaiian Barbeque restaurant is making final preparations to relocate soon to the Food Court section of the Laie Shopping Center. In recent weeks residents and shopping center patrons have noticed the in-line space being improved, and the new L&L’s sign was installed a couple of weeks ago.

As previously announced, the building that currently houses L&L’s will be demolished to make way for the new gas station being developed by Aloha Petroleum and Foodland (see project update below).

Current L&L's building will soon be demolished
Current L&L’s building will soon be demolished

 

The current L&L’s location is scheduled to shut its doors at the close of business on Saturday, December 20th. It is tentatively scheduled to reopen the following Monday in its new location next to Taco Bell.

“We are working hard to hopefully experience no ‘down time’ from the move,” said Lingmin Dong, owner of the Laie L&L’s. “We value and appreciate the local community and are excited to be relocating to a brand new facility to better serve our loyal customers.”

The new Laie L&L's will soon be open
The new Laie L&L’s is expected to open next week

 

The current L&L’s building will be demolished next month to make way for the creation of more parking stalls and site preparation work for the new Laie gas station. As part of the L&L’s transition, the public restroom for the shopping center will be relocated to the space previously occupied by Da Kine Wireless.

Update: Laie Gas Station

Plans for a new, co-branded Aloha Petroleum and Foodland Supermarkets gas station in Laie are progressing well. Aloha and Foodland anticipate that construction will begin in February, pending the approval of building permits that were submitted in October.

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

 

Aloha’s President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Parry said, “The permitting process has been going well, and we believe we’re on schedule for our targeted opening in early summer 2015.”

Parry added, “Aloha and Foodland are really looking forward to serving both local residents and visitors to this beautiful part of Oahu.”

Elevation renderings from building permit application
Elevation renderings from building permit application
As announced, Foodland customers will be able to enjoy a fuel discount at the new station when they present their Maika’i card, and participate in other gas promotions throughout the year for even greater savings.

 

Update: Laie McDonald’s

Things are also moving along with work to relocate the Laie McDonald’s. As previously reported, Laie-based companies, Solo Corp., and Iosepa Electric, began work in August to get the site ready for McDonald’s to construct its restaurant building.

That site prep work is now finished, the pad for the new restaurant is ready, and McDonald’s has the permits needed to begin construction.

 

McDonald's roadway is nearly finished (McDonald's pad on right side)
McDonald’s roadway is nearly finished (McDonald’s pad on right side)

 

Getting approval from Hawaiian Electric Co., for power to the new site is taking longer than expected. However, McDonald’s and land manager Hawaii Reserves, Inc., are hopeful that this issue will be resolved soon so that construction can start early next year. Other utilities are in place.

“We anticipate construction and finishing of the new building to take approximately four months,” said Keith Romine, Development Manager for McDonald’s Corporation. He added, “If we’re able to start construction in January, our targeted opening will be sometime in early Summer.”

We’ll provide more updates as these projects and others continue to move forward in 2015. Please check out our Newsletter Archives for more info.

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HRI Calendar Celebrates 150 Years of LDS Church in Laie

Mele Kalikimaka to you and your ‘ohana! The holidays are upon us with the celebrations and traditions of the season.

Since 1997, Hawaii Reserves, Inc., has published a calendar each year that focus on some unique aspect of our wonderful community. Distributed free of charge to residents and special associates, the calendars have become keepsakes for many long-time community members.

The new 2015 calendar celebrates a major milestone for our beloved town — the 150th anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Laie! Its original purchase of the “Laie Plantation” occurred on January 26, 1865.

HRI 2015 Calendar Cover
HRI 2015 Calendar Cover

 

“Laie . . . a pu’uhonua, a gathering place, a plantation, a temple community, a university town, home to a world-famous visitor attraction, a place of natural beauty, clean air and pristine water, richly diverse, culturally abundant, filled with aloha and purpose . . . is our home,” said Eric Beaver, president of HRI. “We are grateful for it and for all those who have helped make it the community it is today.”

LDS Members at I Hemolele Chapel (1899)
LDS Members at I Hemolele Chapel (1899)

 

The sesquicentennial calendar includes photos of memorable events, people and places over the last century and a half.

Laie Hawaii Temple (1924)
Laie Hawaii Temple (1924)

 

Laie Hukilau Kupuna
Laie Hukilau Kupuna (1950)

 

Laie Aerial (1950)
Aerial Photo of Laie (1950)

 

Looking forward a number of new projects will mark 2015, including the opening of the Laie Marriott Courtyard hotel, the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Hukilau Marketplace, BYU-Hawaii’s dorm expansion project, the Laie Hawaii Temple foyer and fountain renovation project, the Foodland & Aloha gas station and the Laie McDonald’s.

Courtyard by Marriott Groundbreaking (2014)
Courtyard by Marriott Groundbreaking (2014)

 

Beaver remarked, “We honor Laie’s extraordinary past, express gratitude for its present bounty and commit to helping bring to pass its brightest future.”

The HRI Team (November 2014)
The HRI Team (November 2014)

 

The 2015 calendar will be available soon and hand delivered to homes in Laie.

Best wishes for a very, Merry Christmas!

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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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