In the first public viewing in 32 years, more than 17,000 people from around the world will get to walk on "holy ground" inside the Laie Hawaii Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, following a major renovation project.
From Friday until Nov. 13, the public will be allowed to enter the temple's hushed halls for only the third time in its 91-year history. Photographs will be allowed only outside the majestic white building, set back above Kamehameha Highway. Visitors will climb a wide, white central stairway, surrounded on both sides by impeccable, multilevel gardens, before arriving at the temple's front steps. Free tickets are still available.
"The temple is our most sacred place, set apart for those who have met the highest standards of the church," said Scott Whiting, the LDS' senior ecclesiastical leader in Hawaii. "It is holy ground ... one of the few places on earth today dedicated to the sacred."
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