Barren and windswept when it was initially purchased by the Church in 1865, Laie has flourished to become a destination point for millions of visitors, known for its beauty and the loveliness of its people and institutions - a center of spirituality, education and ethnic harmony for all the world.
On February 12, 1955, when President David O. McKay dedicated a portion of Laie for the building of BYU-Hawaii, he said, "We dedicate our actions in this service that the college, and the temple, and the town of Laie may become a missionary factor, influencing not thousands, not tens of thousands, but millions of people who will come seeking to know what this town and its significance are." Although Laie was just a tiny, isolated village at the time, this incredible prophecy has been and continues to be fulfilled. Millions of people from all over the world have and continue to travel to the town of Laie to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, BYU-Hawaii and the Laie Hawaii Temple.
Please see the following for more about Laie's unique history:
>Ho'omua newsletter #1, page 2 ("The Founding of Laie"). Click here to view an electronic version.
>Ho'omua newsletter #2, page 1 (cover story, "Remembering Where Laie Gathered"). Click here to view an electronic version.
>Ho'omua newsletter #5, pages 2-3 ("Remembering Hukilau"). Click here to view an electronic version.
>Ho'omua newsletter #6, page 4 ("Looking Back at Laie's First School"). Click here to view an electronic version.
>Ho'omua newsletter #7, page 4 ("Beautiful Memories of the Beauty Hole"). Click here to view an electronic version.