The Laie Hawaii Temple is a church owned by Mormons and ranks number five as the oldest operating Mormon churches around the world. It is also the first LDS temple built outside of mainland US. It stands on a hill on the northeastern coast of Oahu, Hawaii. It is a very important landmark in the little town of Laie because of the hundreds of thousands of people it attracts every year.
The architecture of Laie Hawaii Temple was requested to be like Solomon?s Temple from the bible by Joseph F. Smith who was the church president at the time. Designers Harold Burton and Hyrum Pope applied the Prairie style of architecture that was popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright. They also used Mesoamerican architectural themes throughout their design. Some of the materials used were locally quarried such as lava rocks. When it was finished in 1919, a lot of people compared it to the Cardston Alberta Temple. Its aerial view resembles that of a cross.