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7 Professional Laie Hawaii Temple Pictures To Escape To

The Laie Hawaii Temple is just as beautiful as its tropical surroundings. It’s distance makes it a special challenge for our artists to capture, so they make each piece of LDS art photography worth a thousand words and then some. 


Dedicated on November 27, 1919, the Laie Hawaii Temple was the first built on the islands. It has been rededicated twice throughout the years. But a passage from the original dedicatory prayer highlights the faithfulness of the saints in the area:


“We thank Thee, our Father and our God, that those who are living and who have embraced the gospel are now to have the privilege of entering into this holy house, and laboring for the salvation of the souls of their ancestors.”


The prayer also cites specific individuals, such as Elder J. H. Napela, a native Hawaiian who assisted in translating The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ into the local language. 


The Laie Temple has a heritage as inspiring as its stunning grounds. Enjoy these eight professionally done photos of Hawaii’s first LDS temple.

#1 - Textured Sky

LDS art Laie Temple picture taken on a cloudy day.

Laie Temple - Textured Sky by Robert A Boyd

Robert named this first photograph after the cloudy sky backdrop. We love this image of the Laie Temple because the grey allows the green of the palm trees, bushes, and lawns to stand out. 


Directly in the center of the photo, we see a path of layered pools of water that reflect the layered clouds back up toward the sky. The sides of the pool along with the rows of palm trees, create a visual path directly toward the temple doors. 


The temple itself serves as the perfect focal point, tying all of these artistic choices together for a symmetrical and calming piece of LDS art.  

#2 - Fountains

LDS art Laie Temple picture, focusing on the reflection pools and a pastel sky.

Laie Temple - Fountains by Robert A Boyd

This next Laie Temple image was taken by the same photographer at the same angle. However, there is one significant difference: the sky. In this photo, instead of different shades of white and grey, the clouds are more pastel. There’s a gentle mix of pinks, purples, and blues that give the photo an overall brighter feeling than the previous photo. 


Here, we again see the layered fountains characteristic of this LDS temple. They appear to flow directly from the temple entrance, symbolizing the living waters Christ spoke about in the New Testament when teaching the woman at the well:

“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” - John 4:10

#3 - Blossoming Spring

For many families and individuals, the temple brings peace and guidance. We learn eternal truths to help guide us through the ever changing standards of the world. It is a place of refuge that keeps us from thirsting after direction, identity, or purpose.


LDS art Laie Temple picture, featuring the tropical landscape of Hawaii.

Laie Temple - Blossoming Spring by Robert A Boyd

Robert took a step back for this photo. This time we see the temple and fountains from further away surrounded by the lush green of the grounds. The reds, pinks, and yellows of the flower beds dot the scene and the deep oranges and purples of the sky rise above the green mountains in the distance. 


We love this third photo by Robert because it captures not only the temple itself, but also the tropical climate of the islands. You can almost feel the moisture in the air and smell the rich greenery by just gazing at it. It shows just how expansive the Laie Hawaii Temple grounds are. 


#4 - Through the Trees

LDS art Laie Temple picture taken at an angle, emphasizing red bushes.

Laie Temple - Through the Trees by Scott Jarvie

This next photo by Scott Jarive takes an entirely different approach. Rather than seeing the temple straight on, we see it and the stretch of green grounds at an angle. In line with Scott’s style of bright colors, the bottom of the photo is entirely filled with beautiful, deep-red leaves. The color compliments the green of the lawn, creating a satisfying image for the eye.


The clear sky and crisp colors stand out in this photo and are a nice tribute to what makes Hawaii itself so beautiful. The temple itself rises up toward the clouds, reminding us that the temple can take us one step closer to our eternal Father in Heaven.


#5 - Blue Reflection

LDS art Laie Temple picture focusing on the the bright blue of the reflection pool.

Laie Temple - Blue Reflection by Scott Jarvie

In this photo, our eyes are drawn to exactly what the photo is titled: Blue Reflection. The Laie Temple’s long reflection pool is stunning to look at, even through a photograph. We love that Scott was able to capture such a clear image of the temple’s reflection in the water. It resonates with the reality that many attend the temple in order to reflect on their personal lives and their relationship with God.


Fountains and pools such as these are often found on the grounds of LDS temples and are symbolic for many things. In this case, the blue stillness seems to bring a sense of cleanliness and peace. In order to enter the temple, we must be spiritually clean. That kind of lifestyle, as well as the temple itself, brings deep peace into our lives.


“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” - John 4:10

#6 - Reflection

LDS art Laie Temple picture focusing on the blue of the reflection pool and the deep blue sky.

Laie Temple - Reflection by Scott Jarvie

Here we see more of Scott’s LDS art style of using bright colors, more particularly blue. The sky and the reflection pool are practically the same bright tone, bringing the white of the temple and the green of the grounds into focus. 


Scott also has a gift for capturing the prettiest clouds. This photo is a good example. The clouds just above the temple are thick and fluffy which, in combination with the cheerful tones of blues and greens, makes for a happy scene. In the end, joy is the reason we follow God’s commandments and Christ’s teachings. We want happiness now and in the eternities, and we find it by living the gospel and making special promises, or covenants, with God.


#7 - Down the Road

LDS art Laie Temple picture showing the stretch of road and flowerbeds leading to the entrance.

Laie Temple - Down the Road by Scott Jarvie

Rather than the long stretch of water, this photo shows us the long stretch of flowers. A feature unique to the Hawaii setting, this enormous flower bed, in combination with the straight rows of palm trees lining the road, are instantly welcoming to any visitors.


It is a subtle reminder to us that even though life as a disciple of Christ is a long road and never easy, there will always be tender mercies and guidance along the way to our hopeful and peaceful destination. The way may be narrow, but in the end it will always be worth it. 

A Few Extra Laie Hawaii Temple Pictures 

If you didn’t already know, Cornerstone Art is a part of Altus. Here are some of the Laie Hawaii Temple pictures you can find there:  

LDS art Laie Hawaii Temple picture taken at an angle, emphasizing the lush flowerbeds.

Laie Hawaii Temple by Trenton Hill

LDS art Laie Temple picture done in sepia tones.

Laie Temple - Sepia by Hank delespinasse

LDS art Laie Temple panoramic picture done in sepia tones.

Laie Temple - Panoramic Sepia

LDS art Laie Hawaii Temple picture featuring the fountain pool.

laie Temple - Up Close by scott jarvie

LDS art Laie Temple picture taken during sunset.

Laie Hawaii Temple - Sunset by Robert A. Boyd

LDS art Laie Hawaii Temple taken on a cloudy day.

Laie Hawaii Temple - Stormy Sky

LDS art Laie Temple picture showing the full moon hanging low in the sky.

Laie Temple - Moonrise by Hank delespinasse

LDS art Laie Temple picture showing the path of palm trees leading to the entrance. Taken during the evening.

Laie Temple - Palm Trees by HANK DELESPINASSE

LDS art Laie Temple picture taken during on a cloudy night.

Laie Temple - Dark Clouds by HANK DELESPINASSE

LDS art vertical Laie Temple picture emphasizing the temple's reflection in the reflection pool.

Laie Temple - Twilight Reflection

Have you visited this temple? Share in the comments below! (We may or may not be a little jealous.) 


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