Current plans call for a total redevelopment of the recently demolished Laie Inn. The new hotel will provide an affordable, convenient place to stay for those planning a multi-day visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center, and it will also fill a standing community need serving family and friends visiting the area, including families of Brigham Young University-Hawaii students and patrons of the nearby LDS Temple. Already zoned for resort development, the new, modestly-sized hotel will incorporate beautiful landscaping and walkable open space, generous set backs and a 40-foot under roof height limitation. Designed to showcase a "Polynesian sense of place," conceptual plans call for contemporary Hawaiian and Pacific Island architectural elements.
HRI made presentations to the Laie Community Association Board, the Kahuku Community Association Board, and the Koolauloa Neighborhood Board in Fall 2004 regarding its hotel redevelopment plans.
Environmental, cultural and economic impact studies were completed in 2007 and comprise the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the property. The EA was accepted by the City's Department of Planning & Permitting which issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (or FONSI) for the project in July 2008. The EA is the base document for permitting purposes. Needed permits include a Special Management Area (SMA) permit and normal construction permits.