Church History


    I Hemolele

    In 1915, President Joseph F. Smith visited a meetinghouse on a small hill in Laie, Hawaii. The chapel was called I Hemolele, which means “Holiness to the Lord” in Hawaiian. “I feel impressed to dedicate this ground for the erection of a temple to God,” President Smith said, “for a place where the peoples of the Pacific Isles can do their temple work.” The ground was dedicated for the first temple to be built outside the Rocky Mountain region on mainland North America.

    Richard J. Dowse, “The Laie Hawaii Temple: A History from Its Conception to Completion” (master’s thesis, Brigham Young University, 2012), 60–61