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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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Hotel Management Team Announced, Job Fair Today & Tomorrow

The executive team that will manage Laie’s new Courtyard by Marriott hotel was recently announced. All are well-qualified members of our own community with local roots.

General Manager David Betham was hired several months ago (click here
for our December 30, 2014 newsletter for more information). A long-time Ko’olauloa resident, Betham oversees all aspects of the hotel’s operation.

Joining Betham are:

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

Assistant General Manager Micah Casey was born and raised in Punaluu and resides in Hauula with his wife Terava and their two daughters and one son. He is a graduate of Kahuku High-School and BYU-Hawaii. After graduation, Micah underwent a year-long training in Marriott’s hotel management program and was later hired at the 1,310 room Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa where he worked in various hotel management positions over the last seven years.

Executive Housekeeper Uheina Hanohano, known to many as Heina, was born and raised in Kahuku and resides in Laie with her husband Clayton. She is a graduate of Kahuku High School and BYU-Hawaii. Heina was the Executive Assistant Housekeeper at the 2,860 room Hilton Hawaiian Village, scheduling room attendants and housemen requiring a staff of over 400 people each day. Heina has over nine years of Housekeeping management experience.

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

Director of Maintenance/Engineering Iafeta Sao is a 30-year member of the community. Iafeta and his wife Linda live in Hauula and have four children. He is a graduate of BYU-Hawaii and an Operation “Desert Storm” veteran. Iafeta brings a wealth of experience from his tenure in facilities maintenance at BYU-Hawaii, and his training as a graduate of the APPA Institute of Facilities Management.

Director of Sales Milton Lafitaga was born on Oahu and resides with his wife in Kahaluu, with two daughters in college. A former student at BYU-Hawaii, he has over fifteen years of hospitality experience from five star hotels to multi-brand managed hotels to cruise line work. His extensive experience and understanding of the traveling consumer will set the Courtyard in the right direction.

 Hotel Job Fair Today & Tomorrow

As previously announced, a job fair is being held this Thursday and Friday on the BYU-Hawaii campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Heber J. Grant building.

Full and part-time positions are available, including supervisory / management positions. Any and all interested applicants are invited to attend!

 


“We expect to employ about 50 people, both full-time and part-time employees in hotel management, maintenance, housekeeping, front desk, and food service positions,” said David Betham, general manager for the Laie hotel.

For more information and to apply online beforehand, go to: http://lodgingdynamics.applicantpro.com/jobs/

 

 

 

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Courtyard Marriott Job Fair This Week Call for Papers – 150th Celebration

A job fair is being held on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17 for the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Laie.

The operator of the Laie hotel, Lodging Dynamics, is sponsoring the fair being held on the BYU-Hawaii campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Heber J. Grant building.

Full and part-time positions are available, including supervisory / management positions. Any and all interested applicants are invited to attend.

“We expect to employ about 50 people, both full-time and part-time employees in hotel management, maintenance, housekeeping, front desk, and food service positions,” said David Betham, general manager for the Laie hotel.

Betham, a long-time Ko’olauloa resident, was hired several months ago and oversees all aspects of the new hotel’s operation.

Betham said that in addition to these 50 jobs, qualified students in BYU-Hawaii’s Hospitality & Tourism Management major are expected to fill several internship positions. “Training in the Marriott hotel system is very valuable instruction and a real career asset, both nationally and internationally – we’re pleased that both employees and student interns will receive this benefit.”

Laie Courtyard under construction (March 2015)
Laie Courtyard by Marriott under construction (March 2015)

For more information and to apply online beforehand, go to: http://lodgingdynamics.applicantpro.com/jobs/

Call for Papers – “Laie: A Sesquicentennial Celebration”

As announced last year, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Laie!

In connection with its annual conference, being held in October on the BYU-Hawaii campus, the Mormon Pacific Historical Society is calling for papers addressing issues and events that have contributed to Laie’s history over the past century and a half.

The deadline for submission is September 1, 2015. Abstracts and questions should be directed to Mark James (jamesm@byuh.edu).

A number of events celebrating the sesquicentennial are being planned – we will update everyone as details become available.

 

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Laie Gas Station & Other Projects Moving Forward

The building that housed the relocated L&L’s Hawaiian Barbeque restaurant will soon be demolished.

“Laie Shopping Center patrons and local residents will see demolition work starting today,” said Jeff Tyau, operations vice-president at land management company, Hawaii Reserves, Inc. “We’re pleased that the demolition and construction permit has been secured and the project is moving forward.”

Tyau added that the work will include not only building demolition, but also a slight reconfiguration of the shopping center entrance and divider islands, the creation of an additional 33 parking stalls, and some new striping and landscaping. The project will take approximately six weeks to complete.

The demolition and other work makes way for the new, co-branded Aloha Petroleum and Foodland gas station. Construction of the station is expected to begin as the parking lot finishing work winds down, subject to Aloha securing necessary building permits.

 Site and striping plan for the south end of Laie Shopping Center

Site and striping plan for the south end of Laie Shopping Center

As previously announced, Aloha Petroleum expects the construction of the station to take about four months to complete. It 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.

 Elevation renderings from building permit application

Elevation renderings from building permit application

Property manager, Richard Vierra, noted that there will be a temporary shortage of parking stalls during construction. ”We have asked shopping center tenant employees to park towards the highway to open up closer stalls for our patrons, and kindly ask for everyone’s patience as we work through this temporary inconvenience.”

Vierra added, “We’re excited about the great amenity that the new gas station will bring to our community.”

Other Projects

Post Office Temporary Relocation

Earlier this month a rental car veered through the Laie Shopping Center and hit the exterior wall of the U.S. Post Office. Fortunately, no one was injured but the post office space sustained significant damage.

 Post Office temporarily location next to 'Ohana Chiropractic and the public restroom

Post Office temporary location next to ‘Ohana Chiropractic and the center’s public restroom

As a result, the post office has been reopened on a temporary basis in the former Envision Laie space. Current operating hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm, and on Saturday 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Repairs to the U.S. Post Office space should be completed by mid-April.

Laie McDonald’s

Residents recently noticed some changes at the site of the new McDonald’s. The roadway that will provide access to the restaurant building is now finished and the dust cover around the property boundary has been removed. Besides the right turn in from and out to the highway, residents will be able to access the McDonald’s from Naniloa Loop.

 Finished roadway servicing McDonald's (sandy pad in background)

Finished roadway that will service McDonald’s (sandy pad in background)

 With permits in hand and all necessary utilities green lighted, construction on the building will begin soon. ”We anticipate construction and finishing of the new building to take approximately four months,” said Michael Muyco, Construction Manager for McDonald’s Corporation. 

Laie Courtyard by Marriott Hotel

The new hotel is on schedule for its targeted opening in a few months with some landscape elements recently installed, and exterior finishing coming along nicely.

As always, we’ll provide updates as these projects and others continue to progress. Please check out our Newsletter Archives for more info.

 

 

 

 

 

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Housing Removed from the KSCP

The City Council Zoning & Planning Committee yesterday removed housing designations in the Laie-Malaekahana area from Bill 47 – the Ko’olauloa Sustainable Communities Plan (KSCP).

Bill 47 as currently amended now includes no housing designations in Malaekahana or Laie – including the 550 units previously sited behind BYU-Hawaii campus and the Laie sewage treatment facility. We are deeply disappointed and concerned about this development.

 The hearing was attended by dozens of proponents and opponents of affordable housing at Malaekahana.

In spite of testimony by many local residents expressing a dire need for area housing, the zoning committee ultimately followed the recommendation of its chairman, Ikaika Anderson (Kaneohe-Kailua-Waimanalo), to remove the housing.

 Planning Director, George Atta, answers questions

Planning Director, George Atta, answers questions

We appreciate the efforts of everyone who attended and testified in support of a more sustainable future for Ko’olauloa. Envision Laie supporters fought hard and are to be commended for their efforts.

It’s not over yet, and there will be at least three more public hearings on Bill 47, possibly in April or sometime thereafter.

The Envision Laie leadership team is reviewing all options and we are hopeful that further amendment to Bill 47 will reincorporate much needed housing for our communities.

In the meantime, residents can e-mail and call the following City Council members to voice their concerns:

Ernest Y. Martin (District 2 Rep. and Council Chairman)
Phone: 808.768.5002
Email: emartin@honolulu.gov

Ikaika Anderson (Zoning & Planning Chairman)
Phone: 808.768.5003
Email: ianderson@honolulu.gov

Trevor Ozawa (Zoning & Planning Vice-Chair)
Phone: 808.768.5004
Email: tozawa@honolulu.gov

Joey Manahan (Zoning & Planning member)
Phone: 808.768.5007
Email: jmanahan@honolulu.gov

Carol Fukunaga (Zoning & Planning member)
Phone: 808.768.5006
Email: cafukunaga@honolulu.gov

Ann Kobayashi (Zoning & Planning member)
Phone: 808.768.5005
Email: akobayashi@honolulu.gov

Residents are also invited to set up a “cottage meeting” with family and friends to learn more. To do so, please contact Jane Toluono at 293-9201.

We encourage everyone to continue to participate in the process and express their opinion to decision makers.

 

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