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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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Hukilau Marketplace Opening in 2015,Hotel Construction Photo Update

A number of exciting projects to benefit our communities are moving forward!

Recent newsletters have focused on the Foodland & Aloha gas station and McDonald’s relocation. In this edition we highlight the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Hukilau Marketplace, and feature some photos of on-going construction of the Laie hotel.

PCC’s Hukilau Marketplace Opening Early Next Year

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.

As residents have noticed during construction, the Hukilau Marketplace will be placed out front of the PCC and be accessible to those making the scenic drive on Kamehameha Highway. Scheduled to open in January 2015, Marketplace admission and parking (with validation) will be free as visitors and residents shop, eat, or simply stop to stretch their legs from a day of sightseeing on the North Shore. There will be also free, live entertainment to enjoy on a regular basis.

“The Hukilau Marketplace is a huge undertaking for the Polynesian Cultural Center and a first for us, as people will be able to come and experience a piece of Polynesia’s culture without having to pay admission,” said Alfred Grace, President & CEO of the Polynesian Cultural Center. “We’ve put a lot of research, planning and thought into offering foods, products and a quality of experience reminiscent of the sights and tastes of old Laie, making a daytrip to the North Shore even more worthwhile.”

Hukilau Marketplace will introduce new dining and retail offerings
Hukilau Marketplace - new dining and retail offerings


Encompassing 119,000 square feet and positioned closer to Kamehameha Highway, the Hukilau Marketplace is being built next to the Pacific Theater, site of the award-winning Ha: Breath of Life evening show. Entering through the PCC won’t be necessary as the Hukilau Marketplace will have its own separate entrance and be open for longer hours, 10 am-10 pm, Monday through Saturday.

The diversity of new shops, dining options and product offerings will appeal to both visitors and residents (examples below). Notably, the Hukilau name and the dining and retail offerings are a tribute to Laie’s fascinating heritage and longstanding legacy of cultivating the people and culture of Polynesia. As long-time residents will recall, the hukilau was the inspiration for creating the PCC experience, which opened in 1963.

Long before the PCC was established, fishermen in Laie used to “hukilau” or throw nets around schools of fish, then bring them to shore for the community to enjoy. The experience was so enjoyable, it led to a catchy tune, The Hukilau Song, composed in 1948.

Conceptual Rendering of Pounder's Restaurant
Conceptual rendering of Pounder’s Restaurant


Grace added, “Everything about the Hukilau Marketplace will be true to our community, with many specialty foods and goods that aren’t readily available elsewhere on Oahu. It’s being designed to appeal to visitors and residents alike with an experience that is in keeping with our celebration of Polynesia’s culture and people.”

Following is a preliminary listing of the dining and retail offerings being introduced at Hukilau Marketplace in January 2015. A more complete listing will be available closer to the opening date.

  • Pounder’s Restaurant – Full-service restaurant serving island-inspired entrées for lunch and dinner (and eventually breakfast, at which time it will open at 6:00 a.m.).
  • Polynesian Bakery – Offering traditional Polynesian baked favorites, such as meat pies, panipopo, malasadas, etc.
  • Roulotte Court – Providing a Tahiti-inspired “street eats” experience, with plates of steak, chicken and fish served from food trucks.
  • Confection Store – Offering chocolate-dipped treats, cookies, and candies.
  • Food/Retail Kiosks and Carts – Spread throughout the marketplace, these kiosks and carts will provide various offerings, such as barbecue plates, specialty hot dogs, crepes, frozen custard (such as lilikoi and haupia), baked goods, as well as Polynesian handicrafts, local artwork, community t-shirts and headwear, etc.
  • Laie General Store – Offering souvenirs, gifts, and handy items of convenience.
  • Hapa Home Store – Offering specialty home furnishings and lifestyle products.
  • Free Entertainment – This open stage area located in front of Pounder’s Restaurant will present guests with live performances of music and dance on an ongoing basis.
  • In addition, PCC is finalizing contracts with vendors to provide the following:
    • Ukulele Shop
    • High-End Hawaiian Jewelry
    • Sports/Outdoor Activities – Ocean sports and bicycle sales, rentals, etc.
    • Specialty Burgers
    • Ice Cream
    • Lunch Wagon
    • Shrimp Truck

A few leasing opportunities are still available. Providers of quality products and services consistent with what the Hukilau Marketplace is offering can contact the PCC for more information.

A community open house and dedication is expected sometime before the official opening of the Marketplace – we’ll keep everyone informed as details become available!

Laie Hotel Construction Photo Update

Construction of the Laie Courtyard by Marriott hotel is moving ahead, on schedule. The photos below were taken over the last couple of weeks and chronicle the good progress.

Aerial view of hotel construction site
Aerial view of Laie hotel construction site 


View of the hotel facing makai
View of construction facing makai 
View of construction facing towards Laie Point
View of construction facing towards Laie Point 
Hotel wing - note the layout of future rooms
Hotel wing – note the layout of future rooms taking shape 
View across the entryway towards hotel wing
View across the entryway towards hotel wing 

We’ll continue to provide our community with updates as work on this project and others move forward.


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