The Beautiful Community of Laie
HISTORICALLY KNOWN AS A PLACE OF REFUGE, the quiet community of Laie lies at the edge of the ocean, against a backdrop of green mountains and misty valleys. The town basks in abundant sun, while cooling trade winds and the gentle sound of lapping tides complete an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Residents are warm and welcoming, always vigilant for one another’s well-being. Many have close ties to the University; students and professors will often find each other in the aisles of the local supermarket or at the beach. Local amenities within walking distance of campus include a shopping center, restaurants, a movie theater, and easy access to Hukilau and Pounders beaches. Laie is also within convenient proximity to the world-famous beaches of the North Shore, including Sunset Beach, Shark’s Cove, Waimea Bay, and Ehukai Beach, home of the “Banzai Pipeline.”
BEYOND BYU–HAWAII, the community includes several other LDS Church-affiliated entities:
- The Laie Hawaii Temple, located adjacently northwest of the campus
- The Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii's top paid-admission visitor attraction which was founded in 1963 to support BYU–Hawaii students while they receive their education. The Cultural Center is also adjacent to the east-side of the campus, along Kamehameha Highway.
- Hawaii Reserves Inc., which manages many of the physical resources in Laie, including the Laie Shopping Center.
- The Laie Community Association (LCA) along with the Hauula and Kahuku Community Associations also serve as integral parts of the closely knit community.