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
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
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
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
Hotel lobby building on right, hotel wing on left
Framing underway for lobby interior
Future pool & courtyard area (note palm trees rising over hotel roof)
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.Comments
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
Aerial view of entryway, lobby and hotel wing
Hotel wing facing makai
Hotel site facing mauka
Polynesian Cultural Center’s Marketplace under construction
Hukilau Marketplace with hotel site in background
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
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.
We’ll provide future updates as the work continues to progress.Comments
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 (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|
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 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.Comments
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:
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.
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.Comments
We recently announced the good news that a Foodland & Aloha Petroleum gas station is coming to the Laie Shopping Center. In that newsletter, a photo of the Ewa Beach gas station was featured for illustration purposes.
|Foodland & Aloha Petroleum gas station in Ewa Beach|
At the time land manager Hawaii Reserves, Inc. (HRI) noted that site layout and other station details were still being finalized, but that exterior design and finishes, such as roof materials and color scheme, would blend with the shopping center.
Architectural renderings recently released by Foodland/Aloha and HRI, illustrate how the station will match Laie Shopping Center decor.
Richard Vierra, HRI’s property manager for the Laie Shopping Center, said, “The new station will be fully integrated with the design elements of the shopping center – everything from the shake roof material, to the pitched roof design, to the exterior color and cement plaster finish, to the exterior tropical graphics. We know the station will provide an important community service and we’re very happy that it will complement the center.”
|Front and Side Elevation Renderings (click here to view web graphic)|
As previously reported, the new station is planned to have four fuel dispensers with eight fueling spots and a 500 square-foot kiosk housing a convenience store.
Richard Parry, president and CEO of Aloha Petroleum, Ltd, said, ”The Laie station will feature our TOP TIER quality gasoline that exceeds EPA standards, including Regular, Plus, Super, Ethanol Free and Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel.”
These products, especially Ethanol Free fuel and Diesel, will be appreciated by our local residents. Ethanol Free fuel is popular with fishermen, boaters and others as standard ethanol blended fuel has been known to cause problems with marine engines and small engines. Similarly, Diesel is in demand with residents and local businesses that use Diesel vehicles and trucks.
Parry added that Aloha Petroleum and Foodland are working on finalizing design details and will file for building permits in the next several weeks.
We’ll keep everyone updated as this project moves forward.Comments