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HRI 2020 Calendar Now Available, Final Edition
Posted December 20, 2019
The Hawaii Reserves, Inc. 2020 calendar ‘Laie: “unique in all the world”’ was delivered to homes in Laie earlier this week and is now available for viewing online. The 2020 calendar will be the final edition of calendars that HRI has produced since 1997.
We have enjoyed mining the sources of historical photos available to us and sharing them with you through the years.
As with all previous HRI calendars, our new calendar can be viewed on our website (go to our homepage and click on HRI’s Annual Calendars).
Now Available: Online Access to Water Usage Information
Posted November 26, 2019
We are pleased to announce that most Laie Water Company customers may now access their water usage information online. This includes the ability to monitor usage on a daily and hourly basis, and allows customers to verify that they do not have costly water leaks. The online system also allows customers to set leak alert notifications that will be sent directly to them via email and cell phone.
To learn how to access your LWC water usage information, please see the letter below sent to LWC customers:
Update on HRI Campgrounds: Improvements and Fees
Posted November 14, 2019
The Hukilau Beach and Po'ohaili campgrounds are privately owned, managed and maintained, and made available to local Church units and families in the community. The Hukilau campgrounds received improvements earlier this year for safety and convenience, including:
• The campgrounds were expanded to accommodate two large groups at a time (e.g., two ward camps),
• New grass and sprinkler systems were installed,
• The parking area was improved and re-graveled, and
• Trees which had previously posed a safety hazard and prevented grass from growing, were removed.
• In addition, in the near future appropriate perimeter landscaping, such as Naupaka, Kamani and Beach Heliotrope will be planted.
As mentioned last year*, in order to cover the costs of these improvements and the on-going maintenance of the property, beginning January 1, 2020 user fees will be charged (*see our Dec. 6, 2018 update). Each of the two camp sites at Hukilau will be $650 per week or $130 per day, while the fee for half a camp site will be $325 per week or $65 per day. Fees for the Po'ohaili campgrounds will be $325 per week or $65 per day, while the fee for a half camp site will be $175 per week or $35 per day.
The current reservations policy, including reservation of the Hukilau campgrounds for Church ward units of the Laie Hawaii Stake and the Laie Hawaii North Stake during the Summer break weeks, remains in place.
Finally, we are still in the process of exploring alternatives to portable toilets (“porta-potties”) at the campgrounds. Unfortunately, our research on constructing a restroom facility at the campgrounds has uncovered a number of hurdles, including cost, that present considerable challenges. However, we are researching whether a trailer restroom is feasible and will provide more information when a determination has been made.
For more information about the user fees and policies, including a map of the designated campsites, go to: www.hawaiireserves.com/community_hikecamp.htm
Laie Water Company Announces Installation of New Meters
Posted October 25, 2019
Laie Water Company, an HRI subsidiary, recently sent a letter to is customers regarding the installation of new water meters:
"We are pleased to inform you that we will be installing new water meters for all Laie Water Company (LWC) customers over the next month. We have hired Professional Meters Inc., a company that specializes in water meter replacement, to do most of the installation work. There is no additional charge to you, the new meter and installation is included in your water rate.
Employees of Professional Meters will check with LWC customers before attempting to do the installation work at a residence, as it will require a temporary water shut-off. In some cases, if there is no answer at a residence and no water is being used on site, they will shut water off to replace the meter, which should take 15 to 30 minutes. Installation employees will have identification and a letter of authorization from LWC. You may call our office if you have any employee concerns or questions.
The benefits of these new meters are many, including that each customer will be able to see their daily water usage online. Additionally, the new meters feature a free cell phone application to see your usage on your cell phone and get leak detection notifications by text message or email. We will notify everyone of how to access the app and your water usage information once the new meters have been installed.
We kindly ask for your understanding as these improvements are being installed and encourage you to please contact us at 293-7017 should you have any questions.
The above image shows the water usage report referenced in the letter sent to LWC customers
HRI Stops Collecting Common Area Maintenance Fee
Posted August 29, 2019
Effective September 1, 2019, Hawaii Reserves, Inc. (HRI) will no longer bill property owners the $100.00 annual common area maintenance (CAM) fee, as the cost of collection now exceeds the amount collected. Going forward, HRI will continue to maintain the properties it manages.
Property owners with a credit on their balance (for example, those that prepaid through December 31, 2019) will receive a refund. Those with a balance owing will need to pay past due charges to have their CAM account closed.
Anyone wishing to find out more information about their account may contact the HRI Accounts Receivable Division at (808) 293-6437.
Corps of Engineers Report on Managing Wailele Flood Risk in Laie
Posted June 25, 2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (US-ACE) recently posted a draft of its report on plans to manage and mitigate flooding in Laie caused by the Wailele Stream. The Wailele Stream Flood Risk Management Project – Draft EA (AFNSI) is now available for public review and comment.
To access the 423 page report, go to the State of Hawaii’s Office of Environmental Quality Control, click on The Environmental Notice for June 23, 2019, and then scroll down to Oahu and click on the Wailele Stream report. Or simply click on this link: https:oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/EA_EIS_Library/2019-06-23-OA-DEA-Wailele-Stream-Flood-Risk- Management.pdf.
The report was referenced by US-ACE staff at a public community meeting last month, and was the result of a multi-year study conducted by US-ACE and supported by Hawaii Reserves, Inc. (HRI), the Laie Community Association (LCA) and the City & County of Honolulu. During heavy rain events, the Wailele Stream can overflow and cause significant flooding in Laie. The handouts below were provided by US-ACE at the meeting (for more information about the meeting, please see our May 10, 2019 post).
We understand that US-ACE expects to have the draft report finalized by the end of September. We will continue to keep everyone informed about this important community improvement project as it moves forward.
Cemetery Parking on Weekends
Effective May 25, 2019
The vehicular access gates at the Laie Cemetery will be open this Memorial Day weekend and other weekends, until further notice. We appreciate the concerns that have been shared, particularly about our kupuna having easy access to the gravesites.
We continue to be concerned about parking and traffic congestion at the cemetery, and the graves situated along the narrow cemetery roadways, and ask that everyone please be careful and courteous when driving on-site.
Cemetery Parking for Memorial Day
Posted May 22, 2019
In recent years the Laie Cemetery has experienced traffic congestion on high use holidays, such as Memorial Day, due to limited on- site parking and tight vehicle access. In order to minimize congestion on property, this Monday, May 27th vehicular traffic will not be allowed on-site, and parking for the Laie Cemetery will be provided on land adjacent to the cemetery.
As shown in the map below, parking will be available in the open field north of the “new” cemetery section, and the field next to the “old” cemetery section. For those with limited mobility, signage will be posted indicating where wheelchair access is available, and handicap parking will be located in the parking section closest to the “new” cemetery.
If you have any questions about cemetery parking arrangements, please call Hawaii Reserves, Inc., before Memorial Day holiday during normal business hours at 293-9201.
Army Engineers Share Wailele Flooding Solution at Community Meeting
Posted May 10, 2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (US-ACE) recently shared with residents plans to mitigate flooding in Laie caused by the Wailele Stream during heavy rain events. The presentation took place at a Laie Community Association public meeting held on the evening of May 6th at the Laie Elementary School, and was the result of a multi-year study conducted by US-ACE.
The US-ACE presentation lasted about an hour, included a slide show, and was followed by a question and answer period. US-ACE staff shared a couple of handouts that illustrate how flooding is caused due to a lack of outfall capacity for the Wailele Stream to the ocean.
The handouts also outline a proposed solution to provide additional outfall capacity, economic considerations, and a general timeline going forward. US-ACE plans to release a draft report of the study for public comment on May 21, 2019; when it does we will post a weblink on this website.
A video of part of the meeting was live-streamed on the Envision Laie Facebook page; a full video of the meeting can be viewed by clicking here.
Or click on the image below:
Posted May 8, 2019
We would like to remind everyone that while the streets of Laie are privately owned, enforcement of parking and traffic regulations is the responsibility of the City & County of Honolulu. For example, officers of the Honolulu Police Department issue citations in Laie when traffic violations, such as speeding, occur. This includes citations for parking in designated no parking zones and bike lanes on Hale La'a Boulevard and Kulanui Street.
We encourage all residents to follow the law, and to direct any questions or concerns about parking or traffic enforcement to the Honolulu Police Department or the City & County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation. Thank you.
Drainage Plan to be presented at LCA Community Meeting
Posted April 25, 2019
We are pleased to announce that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will make a presentation on the drainage plan for Wailele Stream at a Laie Community Association (LCA) meeting on Monday, May 6th, 6:00 p.m. at the Laie Elementary School Cafeteria. Background information about the project follows.
Wailele Flood Control Project
Work on the Wailele Flood Control Project and plan began in the late 1990s with a joint effort by land management company, Hawaii Reserves, Inc. (HRI), the Laie Community Association (LCA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (US-ACE). Since then, US-ACE staff has been working on the Wailele Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study, jointly funded by the federal government, city government, and HRI.
In 2014, a historic planning summit was organized by the US-ACE and HRI to help move the project forward. Since then, the US-ACE has completed its feasibility study and is ready to present its findings to the Laie community.
Representatives from US-ACE, HRI, LCA, the City, BYU-H, PCC and drainage planning consultants (2014)
Wailele Stream Flooding
Flooding in Laie is caused primarily by the overflow of Wailele Stream and its inadequate outfall. (Previously, flooding in Laie was also caused by overflow of the Kahawainui stream; however, the US-ACE Kahawainui Flood Control Project that was completed in 1990 resolved most of the flooding from Kahawainui.)
During the heaviest rainfall events, the Wailele Stream basin can generate about 5,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) of storm water runoff, but the outfall capacity of the conduit under the highway is only about 700 CFS, causing water to quickly back up and flow from the mountains northward through BYU-Hawaii campus and Polynesian Cultural Center into the community.
Laie flooding is due primarily to inadequate capacity at Wailele outfall at Kamehameha Highway
In addition, the highway is elevated several feet above Laie town, essentially creating a big dam that traps storm water in the town.
Wailele Stream during heavy rain event
"We understand that the US-ACE study has identified future drainage solutions which meet the criteria set by the federal government, including critical cost/benefit ratio requirements," said Jeff Tyau, vice president of operations for HRI. Tyau added that US-ACE will present its findings at the LCA community meeting to be held on May 6, 2019.
Site visit in 2014 by US-ACEstaff and others to the Pounder’s Beach drainage outfall
Water Detention Efforts
Tyau also pointed out that storm water detention measures installed in our community in recent years have prevented flooding in Laie during heavy rain events that has caused flooding and damage in other parts of Ko'olauloa and Oahu.
"The detention basins, including the ones installed on both sides of McDonald's, and on the BYU-Hawaii campus, have done their job to help protect the community," said Tyau. He noted that the basins provide a holding area for storm water during heavy rain that drains to the ocean via an outlet, and the basin later dries out.
Storm Water Detention Area on Naniloa Loop at the makai end of PCC (note cement box drainage inlet)
"These preliminary drainage measures help as we unitedly work on the big, long-term solutions with the Army Corps of Engineers," remarked Tyau.
HRI's 2019 Calendar Available Online
Posted January 4, 2019
“Centennial: Celebrating the Laie Hawaii Temple” is this year’s annual calendar from Hawaii Reserves, Inc., and it’s now available online at:https://www.hawaiireserves.com/pdf/Calendar_2019.pdf. Every year since 1997, HRI has published its calendar that is distributed free of charge to all households in Laie.
The 2019 calendar focuses on the Laie Hawaii Temple, the spiritual pillar and gem of our community, which was dedicated on November 27, 1919. The calendar features photographs and narrative text that not only highlight the rich history of the temple in Laie, but more importantly, its significance and powerful influence.
While supplies last, additional free copies of the calendar are available at the HRI office in the Laie Shopping Center, one per household.
The archive for all of HRI’s Annual Calendars can be viewed at: https://www.hawaiireserves.com/about_calendar.htm
Improvements Coming to Laie Cemetery and the Laie Shopping Center
Posted December 21, 2018
Laie Cemetery Improvements
HRI recently announced a few improvements coming soon to the Laie Cemetery. First, the chain link fence along the south boundary has been removed and has been replaced with a 700- foot concrete masonry unit (CMU) wall. The new CMU wall will help to provide separation and privacy between the cemetery and adjoining residential homes.
Second, the interior gravel roadways of the cemetery will be upgraded and paved. The new base will be the asphalt recycled from the Laie Shopping Center repaving project. “We’re pleased that the asphalt from the shopping center project could be repurposed and put to good use to improve the Laie Cemetery,” said George Reid, Director of Municipal Properties at HRI. “This is a great way to put into practice the motto, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.” Reid added that the roadway paving should be completed by January 2019.
Finally, the pedestrian access way into the cemetery from Poohaili Street will be restored soon. For safety reasons, the access way has been temporarily restricted during the construction of two homes adjacent to the cemetery. “Once the homes are completed, a pedestrian path will be opened up to allow residents to gain walking access to the cemetery from Po'ohaili Street,” said Reid. Vehicular access at the north end of the cemetery, via Wahinepee Street, remains unchanged.
“We’re pleased to be able to make these improvements to the Laie Cemetery, even though it is not a perpetual care cemetery where fees are collected for permanent and future maintenance, among other things,” Reid commented.
Laie Shopping Center Additions
Due to popular demand, the outdoor Food Court area at the Laie Shopping Center is being expanded.
Richard Vierra, HRI’s Director of Property Management, said, “Our current food court area is so well used that we now need to expand to provide a little more room for our patrons - it’s a good problem to have.” Vierra noted that all the shopping center’s retail spaces have been filled for the last few years, and that includes several popular eateries.
The currently unused area between the Castle Health Clinic and the Haircut Store is being filled in and will feature:
• Three more round tables with parasol umbrellas, and two bench seating areas
• Additional lighting and landscaping
• Wheelchair accessibility
Vierra pointed out that the Food Court area provides a nice place for patrons to gather, enjoy food and even music via sound system, which was recently restored. The project should be completed in late January. Upgrades to the Laie Shopping Center walkways and parking lot were also announced recently; for more information please see our November 27 website post.
Changes & Improvements to HRI Campgrounds, Reservation Policies
Posted December 6, 2018
Hawaii Reserves, Inc., announces changes and improvements to its campgrounds and reservation policies.
The Hukilau Beach and Po'ohaili campgrounds are privately owned and managed. Reservations for the campgrounds are made by phone six months prior to the camping date on a first come, first served basis. (See: www.hawaiireserves.com/community_hikecamp) Typically, for the months of June and July, HRI receives in excess of 8,000 attempted reservation calls for Hukilau campgrounds alone. For the high demand weeks, that results in 8-10 calls per second and our records show that reservations are consistently secured by ward units associated with the Laie Hawaii and Laie Hawaii North Stakes.
Reservations, Park Improvements, Fee Structure
To allow for a more orderly and equal distribution of Hukilau summer camp reservations, and to continue to provide benefit to the largest number of local families and residents possible, we announce the following change effective June 1, 2019: Hukilau campgrounds will be reserved for ward units of the Laie Hawaii Stake and the Laie Hawaii North Stake for the Summer break weeks. For 2019, this period runs Monday, June 3 through Saturday, August 3, 2019. The camp schedule will be determined at a later date by these local stake units.
As agreed upon with local stake leaders, each stake will allocate reserved weeks among their respective wards. The reserved weeks will alternate and be evenly divided between the two stakes. Groups other than the local community stake units will continue to use the phone reservations system to reserve Hukilau camp sites for the remaining weeks of the year. Po'ohaili campgrounds will continue to be open to all via the phone reservations system.
We are also pleased to announce that we are improving and expanding the Hukilau campgrounds, and beginning in Spring 2019, there will be two large group camp sites at Hukilau. Additionally, we are in the planning and design process to construct a restroom facility and additional outdoor showers for campers. Finally, for safety and convenience, we are also designing a new entryway off the highway and an expanded parking area for the campgrounds. There will also be some redesigning of the Po'ohaili campgrounds in the future.
In order to cover the costs of these improvements, and the on-going maintenance costs of these campgrounds, beginning in the year 2020 camp user fees will be charged.
We look forward to the benefits that these changes and improvements will provide. If you have any questions, please send us a message at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ken’s Fresh Fish Opening & Improvements to Laie Shopping Center and Hukilau Camp Grounds
Posted November 27, 2018
Ken’s Fresh Fish Now Open Weekdays
We’re happy to announce that Ken’s Fresh Fish restaurant has officially opened following renovation work on the Laie Country Store building. Residents and visitors alike will now be able to get their fresh seafood for takeout during the weekdays and weekends. The extremely popular eatery was previously open only as an outdoor takeout venue, limited to Fridays and Saturdays.
Kenny Broad of Ken’s Fresh Fish
Besides ahi katsu fish plates, poke bowls, and other popular seafood fare, Ken’s will continue to be a wholesale distributor to area markets. The phenomenal, high volume plate lunch sales of Ken’s started from the humble beginnings of wholesale buyers simply wanting to sample the catch of the day.
“We went from fresh fish samples, to buyers asking for some rice on the side with their samples, to now selling about 400 plates a day when we’re open”, said Kenny Broad. “We’ve gotten so popular that we’re now ready to move to the next level; people love our seafood because it’s fresh – caught right here in our own bays locally”, says Broad. “You can taste the difference.”
Current Hours for Ken’s Fresh Fish
Improvements Coming to Laie Shopping Center & Hukilau Camp Grounds
The walkway at the Laie Shopping Center is being upgraded with a new design and finish. “We’re very pleased with the colors and design of the new, decorative flooring which complements nicely the shopping center’s aesthetic theme,” said Richard Vierra, Director of Property Management for HRI.
Vierra added that during the first half of December, the Laie Shopping Center parking lot will be repaved and seal coated to keep the shopping center parking areas “well-maintained and looking good.” The paving will start at the South end near the Aloha Gas / Foodland gas station, and finish on the North end near the Foodland super market.
Decorative Walkway Flooring at the Laie Shopping Center
Also, in order to ensure the safety of campers and the general public, many of the trees at the Hukilau camp grounds are being removed or trimmed. “We have had branches break unexpectedly at the camp area, and we are taking proactive steps to ensure the safety of all campers and guests,” said Jeffrey Tyau, Vice-President of Operations at HRI. Tyau noted that in the future the camp area will also be expanded to accommodate more guests.
May 13, 2014 - Hawaii Reserves announced that Foodland Super Market, Ltd., in partnership with Aloha Petroleum, Ltd., will bring a gas station to the Laie Shopping Center. More details about this great news can be viewed here and here (July 21, 2104 update, including architectural renderings).
April 10, 2014 - A drainage planning "charrette" was recently held in Laie by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hawaii Reserves, the Laie Community Association and others. To read more about the summit to explore the best ways to reduce community flooding, and the next steps in the process, please click here.
March 15, 2014 - Hundreds of community members and guests attended the groundbreaking for the new Laie Courtyard by Marriott hotel, hosted by Hawaii Reserves. For more on the community celebration, please click here.
January 17, 2014 - Hawaii Reserves announced that the new Laie hotel is moving forward, triggering the relocation of the Laie McDonald's. Permits to start work on the hotel have been approved and a groundbreaking will be announced soon. For more information, please click here.
January 14, 2014 - Last month Hawaii Reserves published its new 2014 calendar which focuses on local agriculture, both past and present. To read more about the calendar and the Laie Agricultural Plan and committee, please click here.
September 26, 2013 - The Pacific Business News has recognized Hawaii Reserves, Inc., as one of the 25 most influential businesses in the state. To read more about this special honor, please click here.
August 7, 2013 - Hawaii Reserves recently announced that tree removal work will begin next week as preparation for future work on the commercial and hotel site. For more information, please click here.
May 30, 2013 - Things are moving forward with the relocation of the Laie Chevron - a letter of intent has been signed to bring a Chevron gas station to the Laie Shopping Center. For more information, please go to Envision Laie.
May 3, 2013 - Hawaii Reserves announced today that Laie Ventures LLC has been selected as the developer to redevelop the Laie Hotel. Construction of the new hotel, scaled back to three stories and 144 rooms for the first phase, is expected to begin later this year. For more information, please click here.
January 8, 2013 - Hawaii Reserves announced today that the Laie Chevron will remain open for as long as possible. Also announced was a cost sharing arrangement between the federal and city government, and HRI, to complete a flood control study for Wailele Stream. For more information, please go to Envision Laie
December 6, 2012 - The Laie Community Association, Hawaii Reserves, Inc., BYU-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center issued a preparedness reminder letter to Laie residents regarding the community's drainage system. The letter was posted on the Laie Community Association website, and distributed via e-mail and other means. To view the letter, click here.
November 21, 2012 - Laie Chevron relocation announced. For more information, please go to Envision Laie.
September 28, 2010 - HRI recently announced that roadway patching will occur later this week in Laie. The following announcement was shared with the Laie Community Association and other organizations:
Aloha! Every so often street maintenance is required to ensure our roads are in good order. As a result we will be doing roadway patching at the following locations this Thursday, September 30 (click this link to see graphic):
- Hale La'a Boulevard near Kamehameha Highway
- Hale La'a Boulevard near Laie Elementary School
- Naniloa Loop between Temple View Apartments and Hale La'a Boulevard
- Naniloa Loop between Kulanui and Iosepa streets
These streets will be closed during much of the day as work is being performed, but be re-opened as soon as possible. Residents who live in theses areas will be allowed to drive to their properties; other traffice should take alternate routes. We ask that you please be cautious of workers and equipment.
We appreciate your understanding and kokua as we work to maintain our community's roadways.
June 10, 2010 - Hawaii Reserves, Inc. is supporting the pursuit of academic excellence for students in Koolau Loa. A sizeable donation will help support 23 students who qualified for the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. this month. There are 50 students statewide who are competing nationally.
"We've supported Koolau Loa students in this program in years past because we are impressed with the rigors of the competition and how well our local kids are performing," said R. Eric Beaver, President of Hawaii Reserves, Inc. "Part of our philosophy is to honor the past, so we appreciate the dedication of our young people to take up history and compete amoung the nation's brightest."
"The National History Day competition has proven to be one of the richest academic experiences for students in our area," says Colleen Spring, a teacher at Laie Elementary School. Five Kahuku alums from this program went on to Stanford University and credit it for preparing them to succeed at the university level.
The annual National History Day competition provides students from across the country the opportunity to foster skills in critical thinking, research, and presentation. In 2009, Kenner Shumway, Kameron Ho Ching, and Zach Frampton placed second in the nation for their group performance. All three are from Koolau Loa.
This year's theme "Innovation in History: Impact to Change" inspired many students to take part in the National History Day competition, with twenty-three from the Laie/Kahuku district alone qualifying to represent Hawaii nationally. They were selected from more than 1,000 students who participated in the state competition at the school, regional, and state levels. Kahuku High and Intermediate School has 18 qualifying students, Kahuku Elementary 3, Laie Elementary 1, and Hawaii Technology Academy 1.
The National History Day contest will be at the University of Maryland, College Park, June 13-17, 2010.
Local students met with Hawaii Congressman Daniel Akaka in Washington, D.C.
December 10, 2009 - Major stakeholders in the community of Laie, including the Laie Community Association and HRI, recently updated the Laie Emergency Planning brochure. Revisions were made to help improve evacuation speed and efficiency for tsunamis, including: an emphasis on immediate evacuation inland - for most residents, to the foothills of Laie; the instruction to park in lots and grass areas at BYU-H or the temple, and then walk inland from there; and a re-design of the evacuation site map indicators.
The emergency planning committee encourages residents to take the time to review this important information to be better prepared. To view the color brochure, please click here.
November 27, 2009 - Today Laie residents received a letter from HRI, BYU-H, LCA, and PCC that provides an update on minor enhancements to the drainage system in Laie, discusses flood prevention and mitigation efforts, and also talks about drainage system improvement planning. To view the letter, please click here.
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.
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".
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 email@example.com. Mahalo.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Mahalo.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. Mahalo.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Mahalo.
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 email@example.com. Mahalo.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Mahalo.
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 email@example.com. Mahalo.
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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