Laie, Hawaii

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The history of Laie begins long before first contact. The name Laie is said to derive from two Hawaiian words: lau meaning "leaf", and ie referring to the ʻieʻie (red-spiked climbing screwpine, Freycinetia arborea. Laie is one of the best known communities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the site of the Laie Hawaii Temple, the fifth oldest operating Mormon temple in the world. Brigham Young University–Hawaii is located in Laie. The Polynesian Cultural Center, the state's largest living museum, draws millions of visitors annually. Additional information may be located in Wikipedia at [1] .

Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials.Look at Hawaii History at [2].

The Polyneasian Cultural Center concept was well established in the late 1940s when the Church members in Laie started a hukilau — a fishing festival with a luau feast and Polynesian entertainment — as a fund-raising event. Busloads of visitors drove to Laie throughout the 1950's; and by the end of that decade, Polynesian students at Church College of Hawai'i had started up Polynesian Panorama — a production of authentic South Pacific island songs and dances.The Polynesian Cultural Center opened to the public on Oct. 12, 1963. The Polynesian Cultural Center is a unique treasure created to share with the world the cultures, diversity and spirit of the nations of Polynesia. It is a living History Event [3] for entertainment and education.


Laie Cemetery [4] can be found behind the LDS Temple at 55-710 Wahinepe'e St., Laie, Honolulu County, Hawaii US 96762.

Hawaii Military Records

Laie Military Reservation(1931 - 1941), Laie Located just north of town was Battery Laie two 240mm howitzers (1931 - 1940). Searchlights were emplaced on Laie (Naniloa) Point east of town. See Hawaii Military Records [5].

Laie Hawaii Family History Center

The Laie Hawaii Family History Center [6] has many handwritten Hawaiian records, Maps and books of interest to Hawaii decedents. It also has several computers and internet connection.

Archives and Repositories

The State Archives [7] and database [8] was established in 1905 and is responsible for collecting, appraising, preserving, and making available to the public Hawaiian government records. The primary collections consist of government records from the monarchy to the current legislative session, private collections of individuals and organizations, historical photographs, maps, and library collections specializing in Hawaiian history, culture, and Pacific voyages.

Libraries and Museums

Bishop Museum [9] in Honolulu is a place to experience the history, arts and culture of the Hawaiian people. They are recognized throughout the world for our scientific research, educational programs, and extensive collections which give voice to the stories of Hawai‘i and the broader Pacific.