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Envision Laie Local Resident Rate for new Laie hotel

To book this special rate, please utilize the following link: Envision Laie Local Resident Rate.

For more details, please read the June 24, 2015 newsletter below (“Laie Hotel Opening Monday, Local Resident Introductory Rate”).

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Laie Hotel Opening Monday, Local Resident Introductory Rate

The moment we’ve been waiting for is almost here! The Laie Courtyard by Marriott is scheduled to open its doors this coming Monday, June 29, 2015.

And, as previously mentioned, the local hotel will be offering an introductory local resident “Envision Laie” special rate.

The Laie Courtyard by Marriott (early June 2015)
Laie’s Courtyard by Marriott opening soon!
(photo taken early June 2015)

The Courtyard team is happy to offer a special introductory rate to the local community, as a grateful acknowledgement of the community’s support for the hotel.

The special rate is $139 for a King Room which sleeps 3, and $149 for a Double Queen Room which sleeps 4. The “local community” is defined as those residing from Kaaawa to Waimea, and the introductory rate is good from June 29 to July 18, 2015. (The regular Kama’aina rate for all Hawaii residents begins at $189 a night.)

 

The hotel's courtyard features an inviting swimming pool
The hotel’s courtyard features an inviting swimming pool

 

“I’ve been approached by many community members, eager to stay during the first days of opening, wanting to a part of the hotel’s history,” said General Manager, Dave Betham. He added, “They would like to be recorded as one the hotel’s first guests, and we appreciate that enthusiasm and local support.”

 

To book this special rate, please utilize the following link: Envision Laie Local Resident Rate. Note that the rate is accessible only through this link and is for Kama’aina guests who reside from Kaaawa to Waimea. Proof of Hawaii ID and local residency is required at check-in.

 

A spacious patio and firepit look out over the swimming area
A spacious patio and firepit look out over the swimming area

 

Located at 55-400 Kamehameha Highway, the 144-room hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, managed by Lodging Dynamics Hospitality Group of Provo, Utah. The Courtyard Oahu North Shore is located adjacent to the world-famous Polynesian Cultural Center and offers guests convenient access to the Brigham Young University – Hawaii campus, the LDS Laie Hawaii Temple, and all of the local happenings in the North Shore area.

 

The three-story hotel features an upgraded outdoor swimming pool with a waterfall, kids’ pool and hot tub. A 24-hour fitness center and guest laundry is also available, and the property offers 1,600 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 100 people.

 

The hotel lobby facing towards the Polynesian Cultural Center
The hotel lobby facing towards the Polynesian Cultural Center

 

The room décor features local island-style furnishings and large, spacious standard rooms, with suites also available. The property will also showcase artwork from famed, local photographer Jon Mozo.

 

The new hotel also offers a refreshing business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and bright area outside of their rooms. Along with media pods, complimentary Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings.

 

The Bistro dining area looking out towards the lounge and pool area
The Bistro dining area looking towards the patio and pool

 

The lobby also features The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect®, offering casual, flexible seating; easy access to food and high quality, healthy menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, so guests can unwind.

 

 

An official dedication ceremony for the new hotel has been planned for August. We’ll update everyone with more details about this special event in future newsletters.

 

Mahalo,

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Looking Back at Laie’s Heritage – Historical Vignette Series Begins

The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the LDS Church in Laie! As we prepare for the sesquicentennial celebration events planned for later this year, we begin a series of stories about the rich history of our beloved town.

We express our appreciation to the Mormon Pacific Historical Society which has graciously authored these vignettes to help us remember and honor Laie’s wonderful heritage.

“100 years ago this month . . .”

One hundred years ago . . . In June of 1915, Joseph F. Smith, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with W. Charles Nibley, the presiding Bishop, and Apostle and Senator Reed Smoot, were participating in events marking the Jubilee year of Laie’s establishment as a Mormon community.

Pres. Joseph F. Smith, Senator Reed Smoot, W. Charles Nibley and their wives, along with Samuel E. Wooley (far right) at the Laie Social Hall on Loala St. (Courtesy of BYU-Hawaii Archives)
Pres. Joseph F. Smith, Senator Reed Smoot, W. Charles Nibley and their wives, along with Samuel E. Wooley (far right) at the Laie Social Hall on Loala St. (Courtesy of BYU-Hawaii Archives)

 

On the evening of June 1st, President Smith invited his two companions to walk up towards the Laie Chapel, called I Hemolele. While on the grounds he said to his companions that he felt impressed to dedicate the grounds for the building of a small temple. Bishop Nibley and Elder Smoot agreed, and President Smith offered a prayer.

Of the occasion, Elder Smoot said, “I have heard President Smith pray hundreds of times….But never in all my life did I hear such a prayer. The very ground seemed to be sacred, and he seemed as if he were talking face to face with the Father. I cannot and never will forget it if I live a thousand years.”

After they returned to Salt Lake City, President Smith proposed to the general body of church members at the October 1915 in General Conference to build a temple in Hawaii and asked for a vote. The idea of a temple so far away from Church headquarters may have seemed far-fetched at the time to some, but President Smith said there were already thousands of faithful saints among the islands of the Pacific who were worthy and willing to participate in the saving ordinances of the temple, and all in attendance voted in support of the proposal.

In the meantime, here in Hawaii, preparations were made for the temple’s construction. The Laie chapel was raised and carefully rolled down the hill to a position near where the Laie “Back” Chapel is now.

At about the same time, the Spalding Construction Co. of Honolulu was hired as the general contractor and Ralph Woolley, one of the sons of Samuel  Woolley, head of the Laie plantation and Hawaii Mission, was also hired with supervisory responsibilities. (Ralph went on to become a leading architect in Honolulu.)

Early stages of temple construction circa 1917 (Courtesy of BYU-Hawaii Archives)
Early stages of temple construction circa 1917
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The dedication of the temple was necessarily delayed because of the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918, and by the time it was finally dedicated on November 27, 1919, President Smith had sadly passed away, and it was the “bittersweet” duty of Heber J. Grant, to come to Hawaii and offer the dedicatory prayer. He knew, like everyone else, that Joseph F. had wanted very much to be there.

Ever since the temple opened on December 2, 1919, it has served as a place of covenant making, holy matrimony, contemplation, revelation, and personal comfort for thousands upon thousands of patrons from across the Pacific.

Indeed, the temple and its holy ordinances are what drew many families from all over the Pacific to gather to Laie. And, thanks to its Visitor’s Center and lovely grounds, annually thousands upon thousands of visitors from around the world are introduced to the LDS Church and the exalting work of its temples each and every year.

- The Mormon Pacific Historical Society

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Laie Gas Station Construction Starting, Update on McDonald’s Project

The Laie gas station will begin construction and residents will soon see more changes at the Laie Shopping Center. “Construction on the co-branded Aloha Petroleum and Foodland Supermarkets gas station in Laie will begin shortly,” said Aloha’s president and chief executive officer, Richard Parry. “Over the next several days our team will put up dust fencing around the gas station site, and mobilize equipment and construction materials,” added Parry. The center recently underwent work to reconfigure the shopping center entrance and divider islands, and create 33 new parking stalls. That phase of construction followed the demolition of the building that housed the relocated L&L’s Hawaiian Barbeque.

New parking stalls at Laie Shopping Center
New parking stalls at Laie Shopping Center

 

The reconfiguration makes way for the new, co-branded Aloha Petroleum and Foodland gas station. As previously announced, once building begins Aloha expects the construction of the station to take about four months to complete.

Aloha / Foodland gas station layout (fuel station canopy and convenience store in brown)
Aloha / Foodland gas station layout
(fuel station canopy and convenience store in brown)

 

The new gas station 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. 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.

Elevation renderings of new gas station
Elevation renderings of new gas station

“We’re pleased that this project is moving ahead,” remarked Parry. “Aloha and Foodland are looking forward to serving both local residents and visitors to this beautiful community.”

McDonald's building from the hotel area, note bike path that extends to corner
McDonald’s building viewed from the hotel area (note new walking path)
McDonald's building with some interior framing (hotel in background)
Restaurant building with some interior framing (hotel in background)

 

Construction is on schedule so far with the an opening of the new Laie McDonald’s targeted for September, or possibly sooner.

Conceptual rendering of new Laie McDonald's
Conceptual rendering of new Laie McDonald’s

 

“Stay tuned” in coming weeks for more updates as these projects and others continue to move forward. Please check out our Newsletter Archives for more info.

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Laie Hotel Update, Welcome to new BYU-Hawaii President

In our last edition we announced the hiring of the local team that will manage Laie’s new Courtyard by Marriott hotel. We also mentioned the two-day, hotel job fair for many full and part-time positions.

The executive team recently expressed their appreciation for the many residents who applied for hotel positions, taking time out of their busy schedules to do so. Over 400 job applications were received.

“We were happily overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of qualified applicants from within our small community,” said David Betham, general manager of the new Laie hotel. “It was a challenging decision making process to fill the 45 open positions from the 400 plus great applicants. Our entire executive team was involved and carefully reviewed each application.”

Courtyard by Marriott Executive Team (left to right): Iafeta Sao, Heina Hanohano, Micah Casey, Milton Lafitaga, David Betham
Courtyard by Marriott Executive Team (left to right):
Iafeta Sao, Heina Hanohano, Micah Casey, Milton Lafitaga, David Betham

 

Betham noted that while many skilled and qualified applicants were not selected at this time, management will hold on to all applications for the next six months. “As is common in the hospitality industry, once operations begin we expect to see some employee turn over naturally occur,” remarked Betham.

Of the full complement of new hires Betham said, “We have selected a team that we and our community can be proud of – they represent a wide demographic with varying backgrounds and experience. We express appreciation to our local community and look forward to the official opening this summer.”

Special Opening Hotel Rate for Ko’olauloa Residents

The management team has announced limited, special rates for local residents that are significantly lower than the normal Kama’aina rate.

“Many in our Ko’olauloa community have expressed a desire to be part of history and stay at the hotel during the first days of its opening,” said general manager David Betham. “This special rate is a small way of recognizing and thanking the community for its support in moving the hotel project forward.”

Laie Courtyard by Marriott under construction (May 2015)
Laie Courtyard by Marriott under construction, May 2015

 

The special rate will be offered for the first week only and is based on room availability. More information on how to book this rate will be available in our next newsletter.

Welcome to New BYU-Hawaii President

Earlier this week, John S. Tanner was appointed the next president of BYU-Hawaii. Tanner will replace current president, Steven C. Wheelwright, and takes office on July 27.

The university is a key member of the Envision Laie team. We extend a warm welcome to President Tanner and his wife, Susan, and look forward to working with him.

We also express our sincere appreciation and warm aloha to President Wheelwright and his wife, Margaret, for their support and contributions over the last eight years.

For more information about the change, please visit BYU-Hawaii’s website at www.byuh.edu.

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