LAIE, Hawaii — It will take years before city and state officials decide whether to rezone hundreds of acres of agricultural land near Brigham Young University-Hawaii for development, but The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints already has begun a handful of smaller projects it insists will make life better for the Windward corner of Oahu's North Shore.

While the church's Envision Laie project for hundreds of homes, shops and churches continues to divide communities from Kaneohe to Kahuku, plans are already under way to build a new 220-room hotel in Laie and to detour traffic off the two-lane Kamehameha Highway that connects nearly every aspect of life around Kahuku and Laie.

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