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Kulanui Street Landscaping Project Moving Forward

Planned landscaping improvements are coming soon to Kulanui Street!

As previously announced by land management company, Hawaii Reserves, Inc. (HRI), the thoroughfare will receive some upgrades starting this week:

•Installation of irrigation lines along the grassy shoulders
•Approximately thirty-four (34) kukui trees
•Decorative hedges at the makai and mauka ends of Kulanui

The landscape improvements follow the recent expansion of the roadway and the addition of bike lanes on both sides of the street.

“Kulanui Street is one of the major collector roads in Laie and we believe these amenities will increase the beauty of the area,” said Eric Beaver, president of HRI.

Beaver also mentioned that with the installation of the new trees, residents are being asked to park diagonally at a forty-five degree angle to the roadway, and to refrain from parking at intersection corners where parked cars limit sight distance and create safety hazards. He explained that, by law, vehicles are not allowed to hang over into bike lanes or the sidewalk, and parking is not allowed along the edges or curbsides of corners.

“For these reasons, when bike lanes were initially installed we asked residents to park parallel,” said Beaver. “We later saw that diagonal parking would be a good way to balance resident concerns about a reduction in parking spaces, and safety issues.”

Conceptual digital rendering – future tree growth depicted in a mature state. (Note that cars are parked diagonally without overhang into the sidewalk or bike lane.)

The landscaping project is expected to take approximately two weeks. Residents are kindly asked to move vehicles as needed to facilitate the project work.

Cross section of plantings from landscaping plans

Questions about the project may be directed to Jeffrey Tyau, HRI Vice President of Operations, at 293-9201.

Tyau noted, “We appreciate everyone’s cooperation as these improvements are installed and the area is beautified.”




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“Behold Laie”…from above with HRI 2016 Calendar

…and Mele Kalikimaka!

Since the mid-nineties, Hawaii Reserves, Inc., has published and distributed a free calendar that highlights some unique aspect of our wonderful community.

The HRI 2016 calendar – “Behold Laie . . . from above” – features a stunning array of aerial photos that depict the natural beauty of our special community.

Eric Beaver, president of HRI, said, “These photos of our town from the skies provide another way to cherish and, in the words of the popular song, ‘Behold Laie.’ They also remind us that we are indeed blessed to live and work here.”

Contributing photographers include Cameron Brooks, Jack Baxter and Jordan Niutupuivaha.

Beaver remarked, “As we look forward to 2016, we express our gratitude and thank each of you for being our neighbors, friends and Laie family.”

The HRI calendar will soon be available and hand delivered to homes throughout Laie.  Non-residents interested in a copy of the calendar may call HRI at (808) 293-9201

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



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Last Historical Vignette: Social Life in “Old Laie”

The year 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the LDS Church in Laie, and we have enjoyed celebrating the sesquicentennial over the past several months.


Part of the celebrations included reminiscing about the rich history of our beloved town through a series of historical vignettes, graciously authored by the Mormon Pacific Historical Society, and shared via this newsletter.

With this final installment in the series, we again express our appreciation to the MPHS for helping us to remember and honor Laie’s wonderful heritage.

Social Life in “Old Laie”

One might wonder what the residents of “old La’ie” did in their free time. The word “free” is a relative term, of course. To some people it means an opportunity to have fun. For others less lucky, it was interpreted as time for the children to help mom and dad work in the family taro lo’i (patch)!

Of course, La’ie has always been near the beach. Since time immemorial, the ocean has not only provided La’ie with food, but also recreation on occasion. Besides the beach, however, how did people in La’ie socialize and have a good time?

In the earliest days, as one might expect, there was little leisure time, but as the community grew and became more stable and successful, leisure opportunities increased. Laie Social Hall_ circa 1915  _Courtesy Church History Library__ A historical marker was installed in 2006 noting the location on Loala Street

Laie Social Hall, circa 1915 (Courtesy Church History Library) A historical marker was installed in 2006 noting the location on Loala Street

Religious and cultural holidays provided occasions for sports competitions and feasts. Such events were either held outdoors or at various homes. Seeing a need, Samuel Woolley, then head of the La’ie Plantation, built a social hall for the community in 1913.

The La’ie Social Hall became the site for dances, celebrations, parties, movies, musical events, and various other church-sponsored activities. These activities were attended not only by the LDS members of the community, but also by the Chinese and Japanese families who leased land behind the temple and grew rice and pineapple respectively. When the Kahuku Plantation established labor camps in La’ie, these families (Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Japanese) also attended many of the activities.

Pleasures were much simpler in the old days. Marbles were a cheap form of entertainment. The late Aunty Donette (Ah Puck) Kekauoha recalled playing “kani kani wall”. Each boy or girl would throw their marble against a wall and watch it bounce back.

Each succeeding player tried to throw their marble against the wall hoping to land within a handspan of someone else’s and claim it. Team sports, like basketball, were played with teams being formed according to what section or “apana” of La’ie you lived in.

Laie Plantation Store_ also known as Goo_s Store _Courtesy BYU-Hawaii Archives__ A historical marker was installed in 2005 noting the location at the corner of Lanihuli and Naniloa Loop

Laie Plantation Store, also known as Goo’s Store (Courtesy BYU-Hawaii Archives) A historical marker was installed in 2005 noting the location at the corner of Lanihuli Street and Naniloa Loop

A spare nickel might provide for a snack at one of several snack shops that existed in La’ie at various times, as well as several small stores, one of which — Sam’s Store — still exists. These small outlets were places to meet friends, get a soda pop, a pake cake or two, and a few sweets (no different today!).

Prior to the La’ie Shopping Center, there was no movie theatre in La’ie, but there was a theatre in Kahuku that ran until the early 70′s. Seating was primitive, and when someone yelled “centipede!” everyone quickly lifted their feet off the ground until danger had passed.

Leisure time was also spent swimming in the Beauty Hole, an underground cavern discovered in the 1920′s (near present day Laieloa Bridge along Kamehameha Highway). Many of La’ie’s children learned how to swim there before being allowed to go to the beach. Children often went there after school to swim with friends and occasionally dive for coins that tourists would throw into the water.

Laie_s Beauty Hole_ circa 1920s _Courtesy BYU-Hawaii Archives_

Laie’s Beauty Hole, circa 1920s (Courtesy BYU-Hawaii Archives)

During various seasons, children often walked into the foothills to pick fruits (especially mangos). A few “brave” souls even found time to rustle a watermelon or two from the watermelon patches in the darkness of night!

We live in the 21st Century now, but leisure time is not spent much differently. We have our own theatre of course, and many eateries, in the shopping center. La’ie Park is the scene of constant activity, our beaches fill up each day, ward camps fill the summer months with fond memories, and the bus can take you anywhere you like.


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Laie Gas Station Opens Tomorrow, Community Celebrates 150th

The Foodland Gas Station Laie opens tomorrow!

The attached convenience store is being stocked today in preparation for a blessing at 9 a.m., with the official opening to follow. Refreshments, including coco-rice and bread, will be provided by Tita’s Grill!

The convenience store will offer cold drinks, ice, snacks, grab-and-go meals, and basic essentials.
The new Foodland station will sell five grades of fuel under the Aloha Petroleum brand: Regular, Plus, Super, Ethanol-Free and Diesel.

Construction barricades are being removed today as the station prepares for its first customers.

We hope to see you there tomorrow for the grand opening!

Community Celebrates Sesquicentennial

The major events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the LDS Church in Laie were marvelous!

Several hundreds of local Ko’olauloa residents, and family and friends who traveled from afar, participated in the historic celebrations.

As mentioned in our last newsletter, the culminating celebratory events included a Devotional with Elder D. Todd Christofferson; the Hawaii Reserves, Inc., Annual Bash at the Laie Shopping Center; a huge parade throughout Laie hosted by the Laie Community Association; and the “Behold Laie” Youth Pageant.

The sesquicentennial celebrations provided a wonderful way for our community to honor the past and remember those who created a rich heritage for all of us, including our keiki.

For more about the sesquicentennial, please go the Laie150th website, or click on the links below.

Laie 150th Devotional
Youth Pageant & Laie Parade (from Deseret News)

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Celebration Bash on Friday, Parade & Pageant on Saturday!

Events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the LDS Church in Laie culminate this weekend!
Join us tomorrow at 6 p.m. for the Celebration Bash at the Laie Shopping Center, and enjoy:
  • Good food
  • Free ‘Extreme Fun’ rides and activities
  • Live entertainment, including Da Bruddahs, Vaihi, Touch of Gold, and other local favorites
Fun rides at the HRI _ Laie Shopping Center Bash
Free rides at the HRI / Laie Shopping Center Bash
Sponsored annually by Hawaii Reserves, Inc., and the shopping center, this year’s bash will help celebrate the sesquicentennial with the singing of “Happy Birthday” to the LDS Church in Laie.
Then join us for a Community Parade and the Behold Laie” youth pageant on Saturday.
The parade will start at 9 a.m., is being hosted by the Laie Community Association, and will take place on portions of Naniloa Loop, Hale La’a Boulevard, and Kulanui Street. (Note that some sections of these streets may be temporarily closed or restricted during the parade.)
Residents enjoy the parade in Laie
Residents enjoy the parade in Laie
Come participate in the balloon release at the Hale La’a big circle and along the parade route to celebrate the 150th anniversary!
Later that afternoon the “Behold Laie” youth pageant will have two performances in the BYU-Hawaii Cannon Activities Center, at 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Hundreds of youth from the LDS community stakes in and around Laie will take you on a journey through the history of this special place. The pageant is a ticketed event and BYU-Hawaii will live-stream this event over the Internet at http://flash.byuh.edu/live.html
Youth participate in April 2014 pageant
Youth participate in April 2014 pageant
For more info about these wonderful celebration events and others, please go to the Laie150.org website.
We look forward to seeing you this weekend at the celebrations!

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