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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 replacement road.

Fortunately, the situation is temporary. The new road under construction is expected to be open in June.


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