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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.

Honoring The Past

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.

Honoring The Past

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

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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.

Honoring The Past

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.

Honoring The Past

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.

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Changes & Improvements to HRI Campgrounds, Reservation Policies

Posted December 6, 2018

Hawaii Reserves, Inc., announces changes and improvements to its campgrounds and reservation policies.

Background

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: contact_us@hawaiireserves.com.

Thank you.

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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.

Honoring The Past

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.”

Honoring The Past

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.

Honoring The Past

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.

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