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Summer Bash Tomorrow Night! Castle Medical Grand Opening Monday

As part of our community’s annual “Laie Days” festivities, Hawaii Reserves, Inc., and the Laie Shopping Center are hosting the 20th annual Summer Bash tomorrow night. As always, there will be great entertainment, ‘ono food from local vendors, and free rides for the keiki.

The entertainment line-up includes Da Bruddahs, Kapena, Tenelle, A Touch of Gold, and others. Bring the whole family for good times, great food and complementary Xtreme Fun Rides!

New Medical Center Opens Monday

Also in the Laie Shopping Center…this Monday July 25th at 10 a.m., the Castle Medical Center of Laie opens with a blessing ceremony. The center cordially invites everyone to celebrate the opening of the new office, with refreshments to follow. See Castle Medical flyer below.






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“What I Love About Laie!” Photo Contest

We love our wonderful community of Laie, and we want to know what you love about this special place . . . so we’re holding a photo contest to find out!

Contest winner submissions will be featured in the Hawaii Reserves, Inc. (HRI) 2017 annual calendar, distributed to family, friends and neighbors in the community.

Aissa Carreon’s “1,2,3 Lele”, 1st place in the HRI 2008 photo contest, was featured on the HRI 2009 Calendar cover


Contest winners will receive cash prizes. Please review the contest rules below, and contact Liz at 293-9201 if you have any questions. Good luck!

Theme: “What I Love about Laie”

•1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100.
•All other photos chosen for use in the calendar will receive a cash prize of $50.
•About 14 photos will be selected for the calendar.

Contest Rules:
•Photos must have been taken in the last 5 years, and must be received by Friday, September 16, 2016.
•One entry per person.
•Please send digitized photos, 250dpi in resolution or higher and at least 2MB in size or larger, via e-mail to: contact_us@hawaiireserves.com. (Note: our server will not accept photos larger than 25MB.) While JPEGs are acceptable, TIFFs or PNGs are preferred.
•All photos must be accompanied by the photographer’s name, age (if a minor), a title, and a one sentence narrative (15 words or less) about how the photo illustrates what you love about Laie. The names of photographers will not be revealed to the selection committee until winners have been chosen.
•All winners will be required to sign a consent and use form prior to receiving a cash prize and having their photo featured in the calendar. This includes certification that the submitter owns the rights to the photo and has the express permission of all persons featured in the photo.
•Contestants must be over 18, or have their parents / legal guardians sign for them.

Good Luck!




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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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