News Release

Laie Hawaii Temple Facts

Announced: 1 October 1915 - President Joseph F. Smith

Original dedication: 27 November 1919 - President Heber J. Grant

First re-dedication: 13 June 1978 - President Spencer W. Kimball

Renovations begun: 1 January 2009

Public open house: Friday, 22 October 2010, through Saturday, 13 November 2010, excluding Sundays

Cultural celebration: Saturday, 20 November 2010

Re-dedication: Sunday, 21 November 2010

Location: 55-600 Naniloa Loop, Laie, Hawaii

Property size: 7.6 acres, part of original plantation purchased by the Church

Building size: 42,100 square feet

Building dimensions: 168 feet by 283 feet

Exterior features: - Plastered concrete painted white (original included crushed lava rock native to the area)

- Restoration of bas-relief friezes depicting scriptural scenes surrounding the upper floor

- New art glass windowpanes in lower levels patterned after original celestial room screens from 1919 – Tom Holdman, artist

Interior features: - Original LeConte Stewart murals preserved and restored

- Rich hardwood trim and inlaid panels, featuring native koa wood

- New lighting based on original historic fixtures

- Back lit art glass panels in baptistry and reception areas

- New presentation of interior bas-relief friezes in reception area                          

Architects: FFKR Architects

Contractor: Jacobsen Construction Co.

Project manager: John Stoddard

The Laie Hawaii Temple was the fifth temple completed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after the Mormon exodus to the Rocky Mountains.  It was the first temple built outside the continental United States and the first built outside of Utah.  When re-dedicated, it will again take its place among the 134 temples operating throughout the world.  Another Hawaiian temple, located in Kona, was completed in 2000.  Other temples in Polynesia are located in Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti, and New Zealand.  The Church has an additional 23 temples now in some phase of planning or construction.

The Laie Hawaii Temple will serve Latter-day Saints living on Oahu, Kauai, and  in the Marshall Islands.

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