Existing temples around the world are sometimes remodeled so extensively that they are rededicated. Prior to this an open house is held where anyone can tour the temple before its rededication and entry is restricted again.
Open House Dates for the Laie, Hawaii Temple will be Friday, 22 October, 2010 - Saturday, 13 November, 2010 (except Sundays). You will need reservations and tickets. This will be the first time in 32 years that the public has been allowed to view it. Other renovations did not require a rededication but this one did. The Church has an extensive history in Hawaii.
So, if you have been putting off that Hawaii vacation for an opportune time, now may be the time to plan it. I've seen a lot of temples but NONE of them can compare to the Hawaii temple grounds. NONE of the pictures do it justice. It is breathtakingly spectacular. The first time I saw it my jaw dropped. I'd seen pictures of course, but nothing prepared me for it.
The pictures don't seem able to show the depth. There are extensive gardens, waterfalls and grounds leading up to the temple.
When I lived in Hawaii I loved going up the stairs and walkways past all the waterfalls. I love waterfalls. The picture above is taken from the Visitor Center looking up towards the temple. Everything in between are the grounds.
The picture below is taken from the opposite perspective, from the front of the temple looking down. This view also inspires. It is also difficult to show depth here.
The drive in front of the temple extends all the way to the beach -- Temple Beach. Click on the picture so you can get a better perspective. The drive extends for blocks. I don't know how many. The tiny blue pin prick in the middle of the picture is the ocean.
I've never seen pictures of any grand estate that has such a magnificent view and entrance. Only an aerial side shot can help you get any perspective.
When I lived in Laie attending school at BYU-Hawaii I was told that there is a natural reef off of the shore which affords natural protection. Tidal waves and such would break on this natural reef before hitting shore and doing damage.
Hawaii is pretty but no structure any where on the islands can rival this temple. And, I'm betting no where in the world are temple grounds as extensive and beautiful.
Update: New articles on the temple are available from Deseret News and the Church Newsroom including Laie, Hawaii temple facts.
Update: See my blog posting on the rededication.