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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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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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