Building the Upper Walls of the Neiafu Tonga Temple
After building the main floor masonry walls of the Neiafu Tonga Temple, crews set blocks for the upper walls and began the work of framing and sheathing the roof. The steel frame for the steeple pedestal rises out of the center of the building. The steeple frame will stand on this base structure, featuring four windows and a metallic spire. The administrative wing of the building is visible through the entrance gate.
Framing the Steeple for the Neiafu Tonga Temple
Looking through the entrance to the Neiafu Tonga Temple construction site shows the southeast end of the southwest-facing building. At the center of the roof, steel framing for the steeple is rising amid columns of rebar that have been set for the upper walls and roof. Footings have been poured for the ancillary building that will stand northwest of the temple next to the Church-owned school.
Structural Framing Progress for the Neiafu Tonga Temple
A recent satellite view of the Neiafu Tonga Temple site shows the commendable progress that has made on structural framing for the temple. The exterior walls and major interior walls are in place, while framing for the steeple is underway. Footings for the ancillary building have also been installed, which will stand immediately adjacent to the campus of Church-owned Saineha High School.
Building the Walls for the Neiafu Tonga Temple
Construction of the Neiafu Tonga Temple continues to progress just north of the entrance to Saineha High School. Once a firm foundation was established for the temple, work began on building the concrete columns and block walls. The groundbreaking ceremony for the temple was held 18 months ago, but construction began last year.
Structural Columns Installed for the Neiafu Tonga Temple
Load-bearing columns are rising at the Neiafu Tonga Temple site where work is underway on the superstructure of the building. Steel bars and concrete blocks will form the temple's reinforced walls that are designed to withstand high winds and movement of the earth. Tropical trees surround the temple property adjacent to Saineha High School.
Construction Activity at the Neiafu Tonga Temple Site
Construction is ramping up at the Neiafu Tonga Temple site where a construction barrier has been erected, trailers set on site, and heavy equipment put to work. Tonga opened its borders a few weeks ago after being closed for than two years in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only certain nationals were allowed to enter during that time. The temple in Neiafu will be the second in Tonga and the first on the island of Vava'u.
King and Queen Attend the Groundbreaking for the Neiafu Tonga Temple
The King and Queen of Tonga, His Majesty ʻAhoʻeitu Tupou VI, and Her Majesty Nanasipau'u, were among the honored guests at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Neiafu Tonga Temple held on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Elder Inoke Kupu, Area Seventy, presided at the service. He said: "Temples are houses of the Lord and to have one on this beautiful Island of Vava’u is a blessing sent of God and a reflection of the goodness and faithfulness of citizens and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who live here and in the surrounding area." Members living in the northern islands of Tonga have traditionally attended the temple in Nuku'alofa about once a year, but having a temple in Neiafu will allow for more frequent attendance.
Groundbreaking Announced for the Neiafu Tonga Temple
Elder ‘Inoke F. Kupu of the Quorum of the Seventy will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Neiafu Tonga Temple on Saturday, September 11, 2021. The temple will be constructed next to Church-owned Saineha High School. The single-story building will be about 17,000 square feet and be the second constructed in the Kingdom of Tonga, joining the Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple.
Details Released for the Neiafu Tonga Temple
The official rendering has been released for the Neiafu Tonga Temple—the second temple to be constructed in the Tongan Islands. The 17,000-square-foot, single-level temple will be constructed on Tu’i Road on the site of Church-owned Saineha High School. Housing for the temple president and matron and for temple missionaries will be constructed on site in addition to a distribution center. No school buildings will be impacted by the project.