Hawaii Relocations: A Look into Laie, Hawaii

Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825

 If you are relocating to Honolulu County, Hawaii then you may want to research all the neighborhoods of Oahu to get some ideas for your next place of residence.

Welcome to the tour of the Northern most tip of the island! Laie, Oahu (pronounced La EE eh ...is the town) is a coastal town filled with outdoor activities, country atmosphere and lots of history.

First of all, Laie is one of the largest communities of the Church of the Latter Day Saints with Brigham Young Universityand the oldest Mormon Temple on the island "Laie Hawaii Temple".

The University also owns the Polynesian Cultural Center (a living museum of shows, luau's, dinners and the like) and is located on 42 acres where most of the performers are enrolled as students at the University. The proceeds from the Polynesian Cultural Center shows and gift shops supports the University and scholarships which have given education to thousands of students over many years.

 Laie Point (picture above right and to the left at farther view) turned out to be a day for picture perfect moments. I shot the first picture right when a wave was crashing against the backside of the Point and displayed a spray of sea water outlining the fisherman. Wow.

According to legend, this point that extends out into the ocean is called "Laniloa" (La knee Lo Ah) and it was originally a lizard. After Kana (a big legendary warrior) had rescued his mother from Molokai (with the help of his brother) and taken her back to Hawaii he came back to kill all the Mo'o (Giant Lizards) in the islands He eventually got to Laie and killed this giant lizard, chopped off it's head and flung all the pieces intot he ocean. These pieces are supposedly all the five islands lying off shore here at Laie Point. (one to the right and another you can see behind the fisherman above)

 Now, with that legend in mind, looking at all the little islands left a mind to wander.

Three years ago we stayed at Laie Inn (next to the Polynesian Cultural Center) for three nights. Sort of like a get away vacation with a McDonald's right next door too!We took our fishing poles and tried to catch a fish for three days!  How do these fisherman catch MANY fish and we couldn't catch one?  We must be lousy at fishing because we tried to use shrimp, octopus and ahi fish for bait. Oh, well. It was fun for those three days although our busy lives and now a dog would prevent us from "vacationing" on the other side of the island again although we take a ride around to different areas quite often.

In Laie, you can expect a lot of places to be closed on Sunday. This little country town respects Sunday as a "day of rest".

Other than that there is Laie Shopping Center which has the following shops:

  • Banking: American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank
  • U.S. Post Office
  • Restaurants/Eats!- Laie Chop Suey, L & L Drive In, Pizza Hut, Subway, Taco Bell, Angels Ice Cream
  • Entertainment:Wallace Theaters, Ohana Videos and Memories (including scrapbooking)
  • Grocery:Foodland Supermarket (including foods, sundries, gift items, and more!)
  • Health:D.A. Pharmacy, Dr. Kevin Baize, O.D., Dr. Rhoads Stevens, M.D., Laie Family Dental Care: Dr. Dennis Tiberi, DDS, The Country Doctor, Marc Shlachter, M.D.
  • Home and Car:Ace Hardware, Matsuda's Auto Parts (NAPA), Mickey's Motors
  • Personal Needs: Amber Nails, Laie Washerette, The Haircut Store



Truly a sea and country town, Laie proves to have more than just scenery. Plenty of beaches, fishing,hiking, snorkeling and lots of outdoor activities as well as the 42 acre Polynesian Cultural Center . Laie may just be the neighborhood you're looking for if you are  just vacationing, relocating to Hawaii with a company, the military or just plain retiring here.


More articles on Real Estate, Neighborhoods and Laws:

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Relocating to Oahu, Hawaii? A Glimpse into Old Town Wahiawais 5 minutes from Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Air Field

Hawaii Coastal Land: *Ponder Before Purchasing* it may give you an idea at what is involved with this type of purchase.

Purchasing Hawaii Vacant Land? Ancient Hawaiian Burial Sites and Laws pertinent information regarding our Ancient Hawaiian Burial sites and the laws that go with the land.

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman, RA     * Century 21 Liberty Homes*

95-2214 Kipapa Drive, Mililani, HI  96789

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Comments (33)

Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
Joan: I tried travel school in my younger years and dropped out after I completed half. ...Microsoft Digital Image...did it with Adobe Photoshop but that gets all complicated...really like this easy to use one....I've had it for a year and finally installed it...got a book too..(not that I'll read it until I get stuck) If you "edges" or frames...you can do drop shadow frames or soften edges.
Oct 01, 2007 04:20 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sally - I love learning more about your home, as I bet buyers do as well. Great info for folks who are moving to the area. Great photos!


Oct 01, 2007 04:51 PM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Jeff: I'm going to print that picture and put it in a frame I think....the one with the fisherman...love it....and glad I can get some of Hawaii out there.

Oct 01, 2007 04:53 PM
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
I can not believe you did not catch any fish - that would not surprise me not as you might be too busy blogging
Oct 01, 2007 05:41 PM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate
Beautiful.......yes the photos, but also the info on that area of the island......I enjoyed my time over there as well.  I was surprised the Mormons owned the Polynesian Center, but hey someone has to own it, and it is a great place to learn some of the culture.
Oct 01, 2007 05:53 PM
Randy L. Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Laie is such a great community.  The people there are so nice.
Oct 01, 2007 10:50 PM
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate
Nice photos...I wish I had more time to shoot some like these...where do you find the time?:)
Oct 01, 2007 11:43 PM
Matthew J Blum - (retired from the business)
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Sally, Great Post... I only wish I could relocate to Hawaii.. I think it is to far for me to commute though..:-)
Oct 01, 2007 11:47 PM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Sally, The scenery there is so captivating....these pictures you take (or maybe Gary has taken these) are gorgeous. I especially like the colour contrasts of the sky and water.  Like I've said before, you should be writing all of Hawaii's travel brochures and tourist information, as well as selling homes to all buyers who arrive there looking !


Oct 01, 2007 11:56 PM
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Sally--Beautiful photos...That is why everyone considers Hawaii paradise no doubt! No fish? Did you have to eat at McDonalds? :)

Oct 02, 2007 12:19 AM
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island
SALLY:  Very thorough relocation post.  All of the words are great, but you had me at Aloha.  All you need to do is to throw in some of those beautiful photos of Hawaii, and you have us all thinking about relocating, or at the very least, taking a nice extended vacation.
Oct 02, 2007 12:29 AM
Thomas Weiss
Thomas R. Weiss - West Palm Beach, FL


I think Jeff Belonger is right, you could write something. I would but it just to learn more about Hawaii!! and of course George, he got me with the Fisherman comment, I love fishing :0) I wouldn't assume that Hawaii had any shortage of anything.. Great post!!

Tom Weiss

Oct 02, 2007 02:03 AM
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate
Great relocation post for localism!  And, you added links...great job!
Oct 02, 2007 02:13 AM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
Sally- Thanks for more pictures. I love how you feathered the outside edges. I agree with others, you should write a book with all these wonderful posts you do. Katerina
Oct 02, 2007 02:55 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
Sally that picture was worth several fish :)
Oct 02, 2007 04:04 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Thesa:  hahahahaha.  I think there must be an art to fishing...three days and watching everyone else catching fish was pretty bad. At one point a guy went on the rock ..threw his net in....a little while later pulled it up with MANY fish!  That day we saw that...we packed up and went cruising haahah.

Kathy: And the money they get they educate...so how productive is that?  I'd say pretty neat.

Randy:  Even the ice cream shop isn't stingy. Talk about a malt and only beating the ice cream...not watering it down with milk and stuff. That was cool. Literally..haha...brain freeze!

Neal:  Time?  I drag my camera everywhere...but two Saturday's ago we went partially around the island and shot in different areas....got about three hundred pictures on this excursion...it also gave us TIME together...which we needed.


Oct 02, 2007 04:42 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Matt:  Yeah, same here for me to where you are. Shucks. Sure would like to work with you. :)

Jo:  These are mine...ALL mine..heheh. Gary's (my Canon that he took over when he bought me the new Kodak wide angle) doesn't take this panoramic shots...I still got to figure out how it took that one with the dark in the background and really putting focus on the fisherman. You should see this big. Cool. I'm seriously considering meeting people at the airport haha.

Teri:  As a matter of fact....we went all over to eat...McDonalds was just coffee for breakfast. :)

Adam:  Thanks so much Adam. I just know that someone is reading and making use of all the info....if anything, all of the members will be able to get some ideas where to vacation and what to see!

Oct 02, 2007 04:50 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Tom:  Can you just see George?  He'd be overboard into the ocean with a wave like that...haha!

Diane:  Thanks for coming by!

Katerina:  Thanks!

George:  And I believe I could have bribed that fisherman for one too!

Oct 02, 2007 04:54 AM
Stephanie Edwards-Musa
thredUP.com - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP

Sally,  awesome information!  I love to hear about the legends there....they are so fascinating.  I would love to visit that hotel and try to catch a fish too.  :)  I haven't been fishing in years!

Oct 02, 2007 12:00 PM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
Steph: Well, the little hotel was two floors, old, but clean...and "try" was our word for the day...NONE was the result...haha!
Oct 02, 2007 12:08 PM