Summarized by Kent Larsen
Mormon temple open to public before dedication
Honolulu HI Star-Bulletin 12Jan00 D1
By Mary Adamski: Star-Bulletin
KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII -- The Honolulu Star-Bulletin calls the new Kona
Hawaii Temple "a cluster of intimate spaces furnished in comfortable
luxury, a hushed atmosphere that reflects members' solemn regard for the
place." The Star-Bulletin article was prepared following the press tour
of the building in advance of its public open house that starts today.
LDS Area Authority Donald Hallstrom, a Honolulu businessman, conducted
the tour of the Temple for the press, clergy from other denominations,
and government and business representatives.
The article is told from the point-of-view of the non-members who took
the tour and who asked Elder Hallstrom about the Temple. "We have seen
temples from the outside, but what went on inside was a mystery. It's
been very instructive," said Dr. Niall Scully, a Catholic, who came at
the invitation of another doctor. His wife Peggy said: "We knew very
private and wonderful things happen here. I've had friends married in
the temple and couldn't come."
A non-Mormon, Nellie Medeiros, was impressed by the Temple's Celestial
Room, "I love the symbolism, that family life goes on and on into
infinity like the reflection."
The Temple will reduce the sacrifices that members on Hawaii's big
island have had to make to get to the Laie Hawaii Temple.
The article includes a sidebar with historical information about the
history of the LDS Church and the history of the Church in Hawaii.