Kona Hawaii Temple
70th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; decommissioning the temple; full-scale construction pending
Closed for Renovation
Address75-230 Kalani St
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740-1833
Telephone: (+1) 808-331-8504
Announcement:7 May 1998
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:13 March 1999 by John B. Dickson
Public Open House:12–15 January 2000
Dedication:23–24 January 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site:7.02 acres | 2.8 hectares
Architectural Features:Single attached spire
Ordinance Rooms:Two instruction rooms (two-stage progressive), two sealing rooms, and one baptistry
Total Floor Area:12,325 square feet | 1,145 square meters
Height:73 feet | 22.3 meters
Elevation:198 feet | 60 meters
In October 2023, the Kona Hawaii Temple closed for a major renovation that will increase the square footage of the building from 9,500 to approximately 12,000. The exterior appearance of the temple will also be updated. The renovations are expected to be completed by late 2025. During the closure, members of the temple district are encouraged to attend the Laie Hawaii Temple.1
Clad with bright white marble and surrounded by statuesque palm trees, the Kona Hawaii Temple is a handsome landmark along Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway. The temple is located in the coastal community of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island, just 8 miles south of the Kona International Airport. Built on a hillside above the stake center for the Kona Hawaii Stake, the temple features a pair of staircases flanking a beautiful garden area with palm trees and a terraced water feature.
The Kona Hawaii Temple was the sixth temple built in Polynesia and the second built in Hawaii, following the Laie Hawaii Temple (1919).
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Renovations Are Coming to the Kona Hawaii Temple," 29 Aug. 2022.