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Church is building new hotel in Laie

After a few false starts, the Mormon Church is going forward with its plan to demolish the aging Laie Inn and build a much larger hotel on the grounds adjacent to the Polynesian Cultural Center.

The 48-room Laie Inn, which opened in 1964 as the Laniloa Lodge, will be torn down in November.

The lease with Hospitality Associates, the management company for the hotel, has ended, and 15 employees were given notice last week that the property will close on Halloween, said Eric Marler, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Hawaii Reserves Inc., which manages property in Laie affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"Laie Inn has been an important part of the area's history, providing affordable accommodations for visitors to the Koolau Loa region," Marler said. "As a community, we look forward to the new accommodations the project will provide for those enjoying the Polynesian Cultural Center and visiting friends and family in the region."

The Laie Inn was not the area's first major hotel. Benjamin Dillingham ope

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