Laie Inn closed; development planned near BYU-H, PCC

The 45-year-old Laie Inn, adjacent to BYU-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center, closed for business Sunday and will be demolished to make room for a new development.

Current plans call for a total redevelopment of the antiquated inn, according to Hawaii Reserves, Inc., the management arm of the LDS Church, which owns the inn.

A well-known story in Laie involves President Gordon B. Hinckley's stay at the inn in the early 1990s when he was a member of the church's First Presidency. "He actually caught a rat while he stayed there," said Steve Hoag, Hawaii Reserve's director of administration. "I think members of the First Presidency have not stayed at the Laie Inn in the last 10 or 15 years because of the condition of the inn."

Locally, reaction to news the Laie Inn was closing was mostly along the lines of "It's a surprise it wasn't torn down sooner," Hoag said. "There are a few people losing their jobs," he said, "But employees have known this was coming for years now."

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