- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawaii
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(LDS Church) was established in the Hawaiian Islandsin 1850 following the Edict of Toleration promulgated by Kamehameha III, giving the underground Hawaii Catholic Church the right to worship, and at the same time allowing other faith traditions to begin establishing themselves.
The first LDS Church missionaries to have success among the Hawaiians was
George Q. Cannon. Among his earliest converts were men well-versed in the Hawaiian language, such as Jonatana Napelaand Uaua. After the construction of the Hawaiian Temple, the Latter-day Saints founded Church College of Hawaii, now Brigham Young University Hawaii, which now includes the associated Polynesian Cultural Center, the state's largest living museum, and an entertainment center [http://www.polynesia.com/] ; it draws a million visitors annually [http://www.hawaii.com/visit/oahu/attractions/familyattractions/articles/52] . The Mormon population in Hawaii continued to increase, and the Kona Hawaii Temple, a second LDS Church temple for the islands, was completed in Kailua Konaon the island of Hawaii in 2000.
At the end of 2006, there were in Hawaii 66,066 Latter-day Saints organized into 15 stakes, 119 wards, and 12 branches, and there was one mission. In addition there were 25 Family History Centers, used for genealogical research and study. [LDS Newsroom (Statistical Information) [http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/contact-us/usa-hawaii] ]
The first ten Mormon missionaries departed San Francisco for Hawaii during the
California Gold Rushon the ship "Imaum of Muscat", arriving on December 12, 1850, in Honolulu Harborof what was then known as the Sandwich Islands.harvnb|LDS|1964|pp=3.] With Hiram Clark presiding, the missionaries included Elders Henry Bigler, Hiram Blackwell, George Q. Cannon, John Dixon, William Farrer, James Hawkins, James Keeler, Thomas Morris, and Thomas Whittle. A day after their arrival the group climbed a hill above Honolulu (Pacific Heights), constructed a small, makeshift altar and said a prayer. A week later, nine missionaries received their assignments: Farrer and Dixon headed to the island of Kaua'i, Cannon, Keeler, and Bigler to Lahaina on the island of Maui, Blackwell and Hawkins to the Big Island of Hawaii, with Morris and President Clark staying behind in Honolulu. This group formed the basis of the Sandwich Islands Mission.harvnb|Wallace III|2000|loc= [http://www.laiecommunityassociation.org/history.html History] .] The first Church congregation in Hawaii was established on the island of Maui in 1851.harvnb|LDS|1964|pp=7.] Missionaries settled on the island of Lānaokinai in 1854.harvnb|LDS|1964|pp=8.]
The LDS Church currently has 2 operating temples in Hawaii.
Brigham Young University Hawaii
Polynesian Cultural Center
Walter M. Gibson
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints membership statistics (United States)
last = Wallace III
first = William Kauaiwiulaokalani
title = The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints In the Hawaiian Islands from 1850-1900;
publisher = La'ie Community Association
date = 2000-01-30
url = http://www.laiecommunityassociation.org/history.html
accessdate = 2007-11-17 .
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author-link = The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
title = The Mormon temple, Laie, Hawaii
publisher = Bureau of Information, Hawaii Temple, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
pages = 1-20
year = 1964.
title = Voyages of Faith: Explorations in Mormon Pacific History
editor = Grant Underwood
Brigham Young University Press
place = Provo, Utah
year = 2000
isbn = 0842524800.
last = Jackson
first = Richard W.
title = Places of Worship: 150 Years of Latter-day Saint Architecture
work = Provo, Utah
publisher = Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University
year = 2003
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