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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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McDonald’s Site Work Beginning

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
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
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 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.


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Tropical Storm Preparedness Reminder

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:

Preparedness Reminder Letter - Tropical Storms Iselle & Julio

Dear Neighbor:

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.

Community Resources

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.


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Laie Gas Station Renderings Released

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.


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Drainage Retention Work Starting, BYU-Hawaii Sustainability Efforts Cut Costs

We hope you are enjoying the Summer months with family and friends.

Continuing the trend of our past few newsletters, we feature in this edition two great projects occurring here in Laie. Both are taking place on the campus of Brigham Young University – Hawaii.

Retention Improvements at BYU-Hawaii Campus

Two berms will soon be installed on BYU-Hawaii campus, resulting in a significant increase of flood water retention at the university. The drainage retention work will take six weeks to complete and will ultimately benefit the Laie community at large.

Retention improvement work will take place on the campus front fields, where plans call for an 18″ dirt and rock berm. When finished, the area will retain 9.9 acre feet of water (AFW) – more than doubling its current capacity of 4.2 AFW.

The other improvement area is behind the university dorms (see graphic below) where the installation of a 3-foot berm will retain another 1.75 AFW. Berm installation at this location is a joint project between BYU-Hawaii and Hawaii Reserves, Inc.

Click here for link to drainage retention graphic


In total, the improvements will increase campus retention capacity from 4.2 AFW to 11.65 AFW — an improvement of nearly 200 percent.

“When our community is flooded, we are all impacted,” said David Lewis, vice president of facilities and sustainability at BYU-Hawaii. “A 100-year flood event generates about 95 acre feet of water (AFW). We’re pleased that these improvements will allow the university to retain about 12.2% of that water on campus, resulting in a drainage benefit to the community.”

The improvement work is scheduled to begin this week and will be completed by the end of August.

BYU-Hawaii Sustainability Efforts Reduce Costs

The sustainability of our community — including BYU-Hawaii — is a critical issue for all of us. Over the past several years, BYU-Hawaii has implemented a number of initiatives to increase its sustainability while decreasing utility costs, allowing the university to reduce its operating costs and serve more students.

In November 2011, the university organized the Sustainable World Action and Technology Team (SWATT). SWATT is a student and faculty group dedicated to helping the university’s sustainability effort. “This has been a collaborative effort with students, volunteers, missionaries and the facilities staff,” said Randy Sharp, campus director of facilities management.

BYU-Hawaii has implemented a number of sustainability initiatives
BYU-H has implemented various sustainability initiatives


Recent SWATT projects include removing and de-lamping 3,000 unnecessary light bulbs, installing programmable thermostats to coordinate air conditioning with class schedules, and replacing many of the exterior and parking lot lights with LED lights. These projects alone have lowered the university’s annual electricity kilowatt usage by 950,000 kilowatts a year.

In June 2013, BYU-Hawaii established its own recycling facility with the contribution of a baler, a machine used to compact recyclables, from sister institution BYU-Idaho. By November 2013, the Recycling Center had processed about 42,000 pounds of recyclables, reducing trips to the landfill from six times a week to four.

In addition, both BYU-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center process a lot of biodegradable garbage, or green waste, from trimmed plants and food. A tub grinder now processes the green waste into mulch that is used in landscaping and gardening projects.

Click here for link to sustainability graphic


David Lewis, vice president of facilities and sustainability noted, “These sustainability efforts are part of BYU-Hawaii’s master plan to serve more students while decreasing the overall cost of utilities.”

And it is working. In the first phase of construction, completed in 2013, four additional student dormitories, two Temple View Apartment buildings, and the new Heber J. Grant Building were added to campus without increasing utility costs.

Read more about sustainability in the BYU-Hawaii Newsroom.


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