Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS Temple Suddenly More Distant For Some
Honolulu HI Star-Bulletin 20May00 D1
By Treena Shapiro: Star-Bulletin
LAIE, HAWAII -- While the LDS Church's new Temple in Kona Hawaii
makes it much easier for many people to get to a Temple, some
residents of the island of Oahu now find it much more difficult to
reach the other Hawaiian Temple in Laie. A rock slide May 6th closed
a section of the Kamehameha Highway, causing longer trips for those
on the wrong side of the fall.
Mililani resident Lovelyn Kobayashi complains that it now takes twice
as long to get to the LDS Temple in Laie, in part because she doesn't
think her car can handle the temporary road that the state
constructed around the slide. Kobayashi's car rides low, making her
uncomfortable with the temporary road, and leading her to take a
detour to get to the highway. The state has barred tour buses from
the temporary road.
"My family and I like to go to the Mormon Temple as much as we can,
and it takes longer to get there," said Kobayashi, noting that it now
takes her an additional 45 minutes to get to the Temple. She says the
state should have simply widened the road and put up a fence to
protect against future rock falls, instead of constructing a
Fortunately, the situation is temporary. The new road under
construction is expected to be open in June.