Laie Hawaii Temple

The goal of the renovation was to restore the Arts and Crafts details of the original 1919 Laie Hawaii Temple and make functional improvements where possible. Over nearly 90 years of use, including several additions and remodels, many of the temple’s historic details were lost. Care was taken during this renovation to research the original architectural drawings, photographs, historic archives, and existing site elements. Building materials were chosen for their durability and similarity to original materials. Much of the temple was constructed using local labor and materials, including cast-in-place concrete walls with crushed lava rock aggregate, and Koa wood accents on the interior. 

During construction, most of the interior historic core of the building was stripped down to bare concrete, while original murals by artist LeConte Stewart were protected and left in place. The murals were cleaned and restored, and new millwork was installed. Outside, art glass windows patterned after the temple’s 1919 window screens were added. Some of the most iconic elements of the building’s exterior — the bas-relief panels depicting scriptural scenes — were repaired and repainted. 

Along with restoring the building to its original Arts and Crafts style, the renovation improved the accessibility for disabled patrons, upgraded virtually all building systems, and resolved structural deficiencies.