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Laie Hawaii Temple public open house begins

Island edifice renovated, to be rededicated Nov. 21

The public is invited to tour the recently renovated Laie Hawaii Temple, the first temple constructed outside the continental United States.

Laie Hawaii Temple
Laie Hawaii Temple Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

The First Presidency announced a public open house that will run from Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, until Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, excluding Sundays. The temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. A total of three dedicatory sessions will be held.

In conjunction with the rededication of the temple, there will also be a cultural celebration featuring music and dance on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010.

The Church's first congregations in Hawaii were organized on Maui, Lanai and Oahu.

Early missionaries included Joseph F. Smith, who later became president of the Church, and George Q. Cannon, who eventually served as a member of the First Presidency.

The Laie Hawaii Temple was originally dedicated Nov. 27, 1919, by then President Heber J. Grant. It was the fifth operating temple in the world and the first completed outside the state of Utah.

The temple serves Church members living in Hawaii and the Marshall Islands. There are currently 134 operating temples, including one in Kona, Hawaii.

The Laie Hawaii Temple has been closed for renovations on two occasions.

This latest closure, which began Dec. 29, 2008, was for extensive remodeling and refurbishing, including structural upgrades and mechanical upgrades to strengthen the temple and bring it up to code for patrons with disabilities.

The temple is situated on land adjacent to Brigham Young University-Hawaii on the northeast shore of Oahu.

Formal temple work will commence at the temple Monday, Nov. 22, 2010.

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