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November 4, 2009 - After months of planning, Hawaii Reserves today announced the opening of the HRI Farmers' Market. The market will be open twice in November - this Saturday the 7th and Saturday the 21st - in the new Laie Shopping Center parking lot (next to L&L's) from 7 to 11 a.m.

George Reid, Municipal & Mauka Properties Manager, noted, "We're excited about this new opportunity for our residents and farmers alike. We encourage folks to come out and buy freshly harvested fruits and vegetables grown right here in our own community. It's also a great chance to meet our local farmers."

For more information about the market, please call George Reid or Ivy Stiefvater at 293-9201. To view a flyer about the market, please click here.

August 26, 2009 - The Senate of the State of Hawaii recognized and congratulated HRI as an important partner of the Ko'olau Mountains Watershed Partnership. By way of a special Senate certificate, the legislature expressed "great pleasure in formally recognizing an organization in our community that has influenced many lives in a positive manner and that has made significant contributions to the well being of Hawaii's families and communities in the State of Hawaii."

The legislature further noted, "Hawaii Reserves Inc. has been an integral part of the Ko'olau Mountains Watershed Partnership and has been committed to protect the rare and interdependent communities of plants and animals who live in this unique native ecosystem." (Click here to view the Senate certificate)

July 28, 2009 - A newsletter was published today that summarizes some of the results of the unprecedented Envision Laie public input process. We encourage you to take the time to take a look at this helpful information. To view the newsletter, please click here. Many believe the Envision Laie proposals ensure the best chances of a sustainable community for future generations. For more information, please go to www.envisionlaie.com

July 20, 2009 Envision Laie Update : 

On June 23rd about 225 residents attended a community meeting as a follow-up to the surveys and workshops conducted in April, and to provide additional public input. We thank you for your attendance and continued participation in this process.

On June 30th nine members of the City's Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) submitted changes to the City's land use plan in support of Envision Laie proposals. These proposed changes include expansion options for BYU-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center, the relocation of housing designations to Malaekahana with sufficient unit numbers to address pent-up demand and growth, and village centers in Laie and Malaekahana.

These Envision Laie proposals will be reviewed at two meetings in the next couple of weeks:

- The Ko'olau Loa Neighborhood Board has called for a special meeting on Thursday, July 30, 7-9 p.m. at Laie Elementary School (click here to view the official notice). The agenda includes a presentation by the Envision Laie team, a public comment/question period, and a board vote. We expect that many with diverse interests will attend - we encourage supporters to come early in the gold LCA t-shirts to indicate their support for economic development, jobs and housing. A show of community support is critical.

- The PAC is holding a meeting on Wednesday, August 5, 7-9 p.m. at the Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center in Punalu'u. At this meeting the PAC will internally discuss proposed changes to the City's land use plan, including those in support of Envision Laie proposals.

We believe the Envision Laie proposals ensure the best chances of a sustainable community for future generations. For more information about Envision Laie, please go to: www.envisionlaie.com.

July 16, 2009 - The Laie Palms Cinemas open tomorrow at 2 p.m. with the summer blockbusters "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs"! The excitement is building as renovation work on the Laie Shopping Center theater is wrapping up.

Don Nielsen, proprietor of the new Laie Palms Cinemas recently talked about improvements to the movie house. "The interior is being completely renovated, including new concession stands, improved seating and an upgraded sound system. We hope to provide a quality movie experience with primarily first run movies. We're an independent movie theater which will allow us more flexibility with the kinds of we movies we bring in."

As part of recent shopping center renovations, the theater also has a new roof and air conditioning system. Shopping center manager, Richard Vierra, remarked, "We're excited for the opening and pleased that folks will once again be able to enjoy a quality movie experience here in Laie." Tickets prices are: $8 general admission, $5 for seniors and students, and $3 for children.

June 12, 2009 - In April over a thousand local residents from Ko'olauloa came together to share their vision about the future through Envision Laie public surveys and community workshops. As a follow-up to those surveys and workshops, a community meeting will be held on June 23rd at the BYU-Hawaii CAC at 6 p.m. (Click here to see a meeting flyer)

We invite you to come and see the main planning ideas that arose from the input residents provided, what the next steps are in the process, and how to get involved. We hope to wee you on the 23rd!

For more information about Envision Laie, go to www.envisionlaie.com

May 19, 2009 - Renovation work on the Laie Shopping Center theater is moving along with plans for a June reopening! "We're excited about the progress and expect to open in about a month" said Don Nielsen, proprietor of the new Laie Palms Cinemas. Nielsen, a Laie resident, talked about the improvements to the movie house and what patrons can expect to see. "The interior is being completely renovated, including new concession stands, improved seating and an upgraded sound system. We hope to provide a quality movie experience with primarily first run movies. We're an independant movie theater which will allow us more flexibility with the kinds of movies we bring in".

Shopping center manager, Richard Vierra, added, "As part of our recent shopping center renovations, the theater will also have a new roof and air conditioning system. We're pleased that patrons and residents will once again be able to enjoy a quality movie experience here in Laie".

April 13, 2009 - The presidents of BYU-Hawaii, the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Laie Community Association, and Hawaii Reserves, Inc., today sent a letter to all Laie residents about the "Envision Laie" planning process and workshops to be held on the university campus, April 28-30. The workshops are designed to involve the Ko'olauloa community in long-range planning efforts to explore possible futures for the area.

Click this link to view the workshop flyer, this link to view the letter, or go to www.envisionlaie.com for more information.

March 9, 2009 - As mentioned previously in our Ho'omua newsletter, a number of renovations have been planned to improve the appearance and convenience of the Laie Shopping Center. Some of those upgrades include a new roof and exterior, a new color scheme, and an extended roof and walkway in front of Foodland. The biggest change at the center will be the creation of a new outdoor eating area along the Subway/Angel's/Haircut Store walkway. This will become a convenient gathering place where people can relax, eat and socialize. The new eating area will also double as a stage for periodic performances and annual events.

Preparation work has already begun and we expect to see the majority of the project completed by the middle of this year. As with any commercial renovation project, there will be some unavoidable inconveniences while work is in progress, including safety barricades and some re-routing of vehicle and pedestrian traffice to ensure that shopping center guests are safe.

In the future, we'll send project updates directly to people on our electronic mailing list. If you'd like to receive updates go to our home page and click on the link "subscribe to our HRI updates e-mail list".

Click this link to view conceptual renderings and more details about the project.

December 31, 2008 - The eighth edition of HRI's newsletter, Ho'omua, was sent to our friends and neighbors in Laie, Hauula and Kahuku. Highlights of this edition include stories about HRI's 15th anniversary, renewable energy efforts at the company, updates on our photo contest and the hotel redevelopment project, and a spotlight on water crew supervisor Jose Dicion. Please send us your thoughts regarding Ho'omua at contact_us@hawaiireserves.com. Mahalo.

Click this link to view an electronic version of the newsletter.

December 15, 2008 - Hawaii Reserves published its annual calendar for 2009. The special edition calendar features winners from the "What I Love About Laie" photo contest and commemorates the land management company's 15th anniversary. In breaking with the practice of featuring primarily historic photos, the calendar was printed in color for the first time. HRI's annual calendars have become a cherished treasure for both Laie residents and those who have ties to this special place.

Click this link to view an electronic version of the calendar.

August 29, 2008 - As part of its 15th anniversary, Hawaii Reserves, Inc., today announced a photo contest themed, "What I love about Laie". Contest winners will receive cash prizes and their photos will be featured in HRI's annual photo calendar, distributed to family, friends and neighbors in the community. The contest rules are noted in the linked flyer below. Feel free to contact Steve Hoag at 293-9201 if you have any questions. Good luck!

Click this link to view an electronic version of the newsletter.

June 30, 2008 - The seventh edition of HRI's newsletter, Ho'omua, was delivered to our friends and neighbors in Laie, Hauula and Kahuku. Highlights of this edition include stories about progress on the permitting of the new Laie hotel, upgrades at the Laie Shopping Center, HRI's role in the rescue of Kahuku Hospital, a spotlight on HRI's goal-oriented accountant Raveen Rama, and a historical look at the Beauty Hole. Please send us your thoughts regarding Ho'omua at contact_us@hawaiireserves.com. Mahalo.

Click this link to view an electronic version of the newsletter.

April 3, 2008 - Nearly a month after HRI announced its decision to halt work on the Malaekahana workforce housing project, the Honolulu Advertiser's lead story in its print edition discussed at length the various factors that led to the land management company's decision to halt work on the project.

Click this link to view an electronic version of this article. 

March 6, 2008 - Eric Beaver, President & CEO of Hawaii Reserves, Inc., announced that after careful consideration of a number of key factors, the land management company has decided to halt plans to facilitate a workforce housing project in the Malaekahana area.  The statement announcing the decision was read last night by Pane Meatoga Jr., President of the Laie Community Association, at an LCA public meeting. 

Click this link to view an electronic version of the statement. 

November 30, 2007 - The sixth edition of HRI's newsletter, Ho'omua, was delivered today to our friends and neighbors in Laie, Hau'ula and Kahuku. Highlights of this edition include stories on HRI's new property acquisition, an update on plans to redevelop the Laie hotel, a spotlight on HRI's biking executives Eric Marler and Steve Hoag, and a historical look at Laie's first school. Please send us your thoughts regarding Ho'omua at contact_us@hawaiireserves.com. Mahalo.

Click this link to view an electronic version of the newsletter.

July 14, 2007 - As in years past, HRI participated in the annual Laie Days Parade. This year HRI's entry was entitled "Hukilau Remembered" and featured four trucks, including a float decorated with fishnet, colorful handmade fish, bright fish balloons, and poster-sized photos of hukilau from the 1950s and 60s. Many of our kupuna rode on the float singing songs from yesteryear, including the "Hukilau Song", while HRI employees on another float threw candies to children and parade watchers.

Click this link to view photos taken at the beginning of the parade.

May 8, 2007 - HRI published the fourth edition of its newsletter, Ho'omua (press forward). As with past issues, the newsletter was mailed to friends and neighbors in the communities of Laie, Hauula and Kahuku.

Highlights of this edition include stories on the master planning process for land that HRI owns and manages, a study that details the economic impact of entities in Laie affiliated with the LDS Church, and a proposed water system rate increase. Please send us your thoughts regarding Ho'omua at contact_us@hawaiireserves.com. Mahalo.

Click this link to view an electronic version of the newsletter.

May 1, 2007 - Some of the information and images from the March community meeting presentation (see below) have been added to our website.Click this link to view.

March 29, 2007 - Laie Water Company, a subsidiary of HRI, has released its annual water quality report for 2006. The report shows that LWC tap water "continues to meet all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Hawai'i Department of Health (DOH) safe drinking water health standards and complied with all State and Federal safe drinking water regulations." Click this link to view an electronic version of the water quality report.

March 23, 2007 - More than 200 residents attended a meeting held last night at the BYU-Hawaii Auditorium to receive an update on HRI's draft land use master plan for property it owns and manages. HRI's housing and land planning consultants reviewed past community input and discussed technical land planning principles, while company officials introduced the conceptual elements that comprise the preliminary land use master plan.

Following the presentation the company held a Q&A session to answer questions about the presentation, the land use entitlement process, and the preliminary land use master plan, and to receive community input. Click this link to view an electronic version of the draft plan.

March 5, 2007 - Today Hawaii Reserves, Inc. announced a community meeting to review the draft plan for property that it owns and manages. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 22nd at 7 p.m. in the BYU-Hawaii Auditorium (venue changed). All community residents are invited to attend.

December 30, 2006 - HRI published the third edition of its newsletter, Ho'omua (press forward). As always, the newsletter was mailed to friends and neighbors in the communities of Laie, Hauula and Kahuku.

Highlights of this edition include stories on the Laie treatment plant transfer to the City & County of Honolulu, recent improvements to Laie's water system and service, and a spotlight on the Nani Laie Serenaders. Please send us your thoughts regarding Ho'omua at contact_us@hawaiireserves.com. Mahalo.

Click this link to view an electronic version of the newsletter.

November 1, 2006 - Today Hawaii Reserves, Inc. transferred operations of the La‘ie Water Reclamation Facility and Collection System to the City & County of Honolulu. The event was a milestone in a process that began with an agreement between HRI and the City nearly six years ago.

As part of the agreement between HRI and the City, initial hook up costs for all La`ie residents are being covered, resulting in an average savings of thousands of dollars per lot. Seventy five percent of the households in La‘ie have already connected to the system. That residential portion, together with the larger institutional users, generates about 90 percent of the wastewater in La‘ie. The remaining unsewered areas will have an opportunity to connect to the collection system that will soon be built by HRI and ultimately acquired and funded by the City.

“The turn-over of the La`ie wastewater facility to the City benefits the community, the City, and the environment” said R. Eric Beaver, President and CEO of HRI. “Through this dedication, the City gains a facility constructed without taxpayer or system user dollars, and island environmental preservation is promoted by one of the most advanced wastewater treatment plants in the state,” he said.

More on the treatment plant transfer will appear in the next issue of Ho'omua, HRI's newsletter. Click this link to view a news article on the transfer.

September 7, 2006 - HRI published the second edition of its newsletter, Ho'omua (press forward). As with the first edition, the newsletter was mailed to friends and neighbors in the communities of Laie, Hauula and Kahuku.

Highlights of this edition include stories on the July historic markers dedication, HRI's partnership with the Army to preserve native plants, the Laie Shopping Center's 10th annual Summer Bash, and employee Kela Miller: connecting through culture. Please send us your thoughts regarding Ho'omua at contact_us@hawaiireserves.com. Mahalo.

Click this link to view an electronic version of the newsletter.

July 28, 2006 - As previously announced, historic markers commemorating the Lanihuli Home and Social Hall in Laie were erected by HRI, the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation, the Laie Community Association, and the Mormon Pacific Historical Society at a beautiful dedication ceremony this morning. The event was well attended by community members, especially kupuna. Participants in the dedication program included long-time Laie residents such as Larry Au, June Chang, and Pane Meatoga. Following the dedication, attendees and kupuna gathered at a social to share fond memories while enjoying "pake cake" and soda. Click here for more details from an article appearing in The Honolulu Advertiser, and here for an article appearing in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

July 11, 2006 - Laie Water Company, a subsidiary of Hawaii Reserves, Inc., is replacing a section of water main piping from Naniloa Loop and Lanihuli Street to Lanihuli Street and Lanihuli Place. The water piping being replaced was originally installed when this area of Laie was first developed. The new water main is made of a specialized plastic material that does not rust nor corrode, and is expected to last indefinitely. [photo of new water main]

The new water main and an additional fire hydrant will improve the reliability and service in this part of the community. [photo of work along Lanihuli Street] Work at the intersection of Lanihuli Street and Naniloa Loop will begin once the new piping is ready to be connected to the Naniloa Loop main. We ask for your cooperation and patience during the installation of this new line. Mahalo.

June 27, 2006 - The date for the dedication of historical markers in Laie to commemorate the Lanihuli Home and the Social Hall has been changed. Previously announced to take place on Saturday, July 29, 2006 near the sites of the Lanihuli Home and the Social Hall, the dedications will instead take place on Friday, July 28. More details will be announced in coming days.

The Lanihuli Home, dedicated on October 6, 1894, served as mission home for many years. Located at the top of Lanihuli street on the Kahuku side of the current Laie Hawaii Temple site, it was razed in 1960. The Social Hall served as the community's gathering place for dances, movies, and other events. After painters accidentally set the I Hemolele chapel on fire in 1940, the hall located on Loala Street served as a meeting place for LDS Church members.

May 15, 2006 - As previously announced, HRI published the first edition of its newsletter, Ho'omua (press forward). The newsletter was mailed to our friends and neighbors in the communities of Laie, Hauula and Kahuku. Ho'omua will communicate progress and news about our projects, community, and employees. We hope you enjoy the newsletter. If you have any comments or suggestions, please send us your input at contact_us@hawaiireserves.com. Mahalo.

Click this link to view an electronic version of the newsletter.

April 19, 2006 - Laie Shopping Center now has two more food choices for its patrons as Taco Bell™ and Pizza Hut™ opened their doors for business this morning. Richard Vierra, Director of Property Management for Hawai'i Reserves, Inc. which manages the shopping center, was pleased that the opening occurred on time and was greeted warmly by several residents and guests.

"We were happily surprised by the attendance at the grand opening this morning, and the number of residents waiting in line for the 10 a.m. hour when both establishments officially opened for business" noted Vierra. "We're pleased to provide our patrons with more dining options and believe this is a true win-win for the shopping center, the community, and our new tenants." [photo]

April 12, 2006 - In partnership with the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation, the Mormon Pacific Historical Society, and the Laie Community Association, HRI will place historical markers at two significant Laie locations on Saturday, July 29, 2006 [change of date announced in June to Friday, July 28, 2006] near the sites of the Lanihuli Home and the Social Hall.

The Lanihuli Home, dedicated on October 6, 1894, served as mission home for many years. Located at the top of Lanihuli street on the Kahuku side of the current Laie Hawaii Temple site, it was razed in 1960. The Social Hall served as the community's gathering place for dances, movies, and other events. After painters accidentally set the I Hemolele chapel on fire in 1940, the hall located on Loala Street served as a meeting place for LDS Church members.

December 22, 2005 - HRI recently completed its project to widen the Wahinepee Street roadway [photo]. In addition, the old water main along Wahinepee (near the Cemetery) has been replaced. We thank area residents for their patience during construction. As always with a new smooth roadway, we encourage everyone to drive slowly and be mindful of children playing in the area.

Work is continuing on the installation of a new 12-inch water main along Kamehameha Highway. The new water main will be completed in phases with the project completed by the end of 2005. As of December 22nd, the new water main is complete along the highway from Hukilau Beach Park to Foodland. This project includes new fire hydrants along the highway for increased public safety [photo]. Work continues on the remaining section from Foodland to the bridge before Pounders Beach Park. Please be cautious as you drive next to workers.

We are in the process of running a new water main along the Cackle Fresh road to replace an aging water main. However, construction has been held up by a resident who claims ownership to part of the existing road. As a result, water service in the area may temporarily suffer.

December 8, 2005 - As previously announced, HRI-sponsored community newspaper, Kaleo o Ko'olauloa, published its final regular issue. The newspaper has covered the O'ahu North Shore communities of Lä'ie, Hau'ula and Kahuku for the past 10 years. Also, HRI announced it will publish a newsletter — both in print and electronic formats — starting in 2006. Click here for more details.

October 20, 2005 - As previously announced, historic markers were erected by HRI and the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation at a beautiful dedication ceremony this morning. The event was well attended by community members, especially kupuna. Attendees included Charles Goo, Sr., plantation store manager, and Haleola Kanahele Broad and Thomas S. Nakayama, students who participated in the original 1921 flag raising ceremony. Click here for more details.

October 6, 2005 - In conjunction with BYU-Hawaii's Golden Jubilee celebration, HRI, the Mormon Historical Sites Foundation and the Laie Community Association will place historical markers at two significant locations in Laie on October 20th, at 9 a.m., near the Laie 1st Ward Chapel.

HRI and MHSF have created plaques that will be mounted on waist-high blue-rock bases and recognize the importance of two locations: (1) the Latter-day Saint Mission School which Elder David O. McKay visited on February 12, 1921 and where he witnessed multi-ethnic children raising a U.S. flag that led him to envision the establishment of a university in Laie, and (2) the Laie Plantation Store which opened in 1913 on the corner of what is now Lanihuli Street and Naniloa Loop, and was later a popular hang-out for students of the nearby Church College of Hawaii and many community residents. Click here for more details.

October 6, 2005 - HRI recently announced the signing of new food tenants Taco Bell™ and Pizza Hut™ to the Laie Shopping Center. In addition, the center will relocate several existing tenants over the coming months and is considering other tenant-mix options. By signing leases with the new food tenants, HRI is creating more of a food court atmosphere which will result in a win-win for the shopping center and the community. Click here for more details.

September 8, 2005 - After 10 years in publication, the HRI-sponsored community newspaper, Kaleo o Ko'olauloa, is planning to publish its last issue in December 2005. HRI expresses its heartfelt appreciation to editor Mike Foley for his outstanding work. Click here for more details.

September 6, 2005 - Hawaii Reserves, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its revised website. The site has been improved for greater ease of use and includes a number of photos of Laie, both historic and modern. We hope you enjoy the website.

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