Bustling and busy, Laʻie is quite a contrast to its rural neighbors. This is the center of the Mormon community in Hawaii, so you are just as likely to see white-collared shirts as board shorts in town. Life here revolves around the resident Brigham Young University (BYU) – Hawaii, where scholarship programs recruit students from islands throughout the Pacific.
Many students help pay for their living expenses by working as guides at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC), the huge tourist complex that draws legions of visitors each year (second only to Pearl Harbor among Oʻahu’s attractions). In keeping with the religion, much is closed locally on Sunday, including some beaches.