Visit Laie: New website explores Oahu’s north shore treasure!

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With the growing strength of the Hawaii tourism market over the past several years and the recent completion of a new hotel here, a hui or organization of businesses and visitor-related activities in-and-around Laie has come together to support a new destination website that consolidates key information for those who may increasingly think of our community as more than a one-day experience.

This beautifully illustrated new website is found at:

Visitlaie.com

 

Screenshot of visitlaie.com

What adventure awaits you in Laie?

 


One convenient portal for information on Laie

With as many as a million visitors a year coming to Laie — home of the Polynesian Cultural Center, Brigham Young University–Hawaii and the Laie Hawaii Temple — a lot of people are looking for information online about our unique community.

 

Map of Oahu highlighting Laie

 

There’s an overwhelming amount of it already on the internet. For example, a recent Google™ search under “Laie” turned up 5.45 million listings, which points up the need for a single portal.

 

Laie Beach (photo by Daniela Power, courtesy of HRI)

Paradise awaits along our sandy beaches

 

Or as one of the organization members said, “We realize an increasing number of visitors are staying for more than an afternoon, and our new ‘destination’ website is one of the best ways to get information out there.”

 

family eating by the pool at Courtyard by Marriott in Laie Oahu Hawaii

Build family memories that will last forever

 

“We want to help interested people discover what they can do not only in the community, but also in the surrounding area. We have beautiful beaches, great hiking trails, horseback riding, fantastic food and lots more to enjoy around Laie.”

 


Choose Your Own Adventure

No matter what you’re looking for, this website has it! Looking for a great beach? Laie has some world class spots for a number of watersport activities like swimming, boogie boarding, kayaking or just catching some rays.

 

Man body boarding in surf of the shores of Laie Hawaii

Ride the sparkling blue waves of the Pacific 

 

 

Maybe land activities are more your style. Beginning with what is considered the best zip line on the island, you could fill your days with hikes, horseback riding, bike trails and more.

 

Climb Works rope bridge

Do you dare? Of course you do! This and more adventure awaits your next vacation

 

Shopping and dining may be a main focus in the Hukilau Marketplace, but it doesn’t stop there. From souvenirs to aloha wear, home decor to fine jewelry, you’ll find it in Laie!

 

Fresh Ahi Tataki Salad from Pounders

Freshness comes from land and sea

 

Learn more about the beautiful temple at the top of Hale La’a Blvd, or take a walking tour of the historical sites. Within visitlaie.com you’ll learn about our beautiful town of Laie and all it has to offer

 

The Laie Hawaii LDS (Mormon) Temple

The history of faithful pioneers live on 

 


Did you know this about Laie?

The history of Laie is exciting, miraculous and inspiring. Visitlaie.com helps you to explore rich tales about our famous shaka: Laie’s “wave to the world,” and how the Hukilau “down in old Laie Bay” evolved into the Polynesian Cultural Center.

The Hamana Kalili statue welcomes people to the Polynesian Cultural Center with his worldwide-famous gesture, the shaka.

The Hamana Kalili statue welcomes people to the Polynesian Cultural Center with his now-worldwide-famous gesture, the shaka. (PCC photo by Mike Foley)

 


And there’s more to come!

Plans call for adding more content  including a promotions page where participating partners can publicize special offers and discounts for people who come through the site.

In other words, check back from time to time.

 

Fire knife dancers compete annually at the Polynesian Cultural Center World Fire Knife Championships

Fireknife dancing is taught from an early age

 

So here it is: Rich pictures, up-to-date and engaging write-ups and amazing stories….its’ all yours at visitlaie.com As their website says, “Laie. Stories await”. Make it your story!

 

[All photos, unless noted, courtesty of visitlaie.com]

Mike Foley

 

Story by Mike Foley, who has worked off-and-on at the Polynesian Cultural Center since 1968. He has been a full-time freelance writer and digital media specialist since 2002, and had a long career in marketing communications and PR before that. He learned to speak fluent Samoan as a Mormon missionary before moving to Laie in 1967 — and still does. He has traveled extensively over the years throughout Polynesia, other Pacific islands and Asia. Foley is mostly retired now, but continues to contribute to various PCC and other media.

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