Turquoise water and fine white sand have made Kailua Beach a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Add a dash of city chic, and you have Kailua Town. Located on Oahu’s Windward Coast, the main part of Kailua Town consists of a few blocks of trendy boutiques, popular restaurants and kamaaina (resident) hangouts, like the Thursday evening farmers’ markets.
LDS Members make up 5.11% of the population of Kailua. The Laie Hawaii Temple is the fifth oldest temple worldwide. In the state of Hawaii there are 69,872 members, 15 stakes, 124 wards, and 10 branches, and there is one mission.
The LDS church was established in the Hawaiian Islands in 1850.A new phase of development for Laie began when the sugar plantation of that name was purchased by George Nebeker, the president of the Hawaiian Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Latter-day Saints in Hawaii were then encouraged to move to this location. This purchase occurred in 1865. The first LDS Church missionary to have success among the Hawaiians was George Q. Cannon.