Just a mile inland from the breathtaking teal waters of Kailua Bay, the Kona Hawaii Temple stands at the end of Kalani Street, on the west side of Hawaii’s Big Island. Fittingly, the Hawaiian word “kalani” translates into English as “the heavens.” In 2000, the Kona Hawaii Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became the second Mormon temple in Hawaii, the sixth in Polynesia and the 70th in operation in the world. The temple has a modern, single-spire design with an exterior of pristine white marble veneer. The surrounding gardens are beautifully landscaped with native flora. In addition to a magnificent ocean vista, the temple grounds feature a lovely view of Mount Haulalai to the east.
The Kona Hawaii Temple was built after Church President Gordon B. Hinckley announced in 1998 that the Church would construct 30 smaller temples to serve Church populations throughout the world. Plans to construct the Kona Hawaii Temple were announced on May 7, 1998, and were received with elation and joyful tears. Local Church members had been praying for a temple to be built in their area because traveling to the Laie Hawaii Temple was costly and time consuming, making temple attendance difficult for many. Patrons of the Kona Hawaii Temple are now saved the expense of journeying northward to Oahu from the southern end of the Hawaiian Islands — a distance of more than 186 miles. The 10,700-square-foot temple serves more than 11,000 Church members from the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Molokai and Lanai.
75-230 Kalani Street
KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII 96740-1833
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