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The Laie Hawaii Temple, located on the island of Oahu, was created with pen, black-ink wash, and watercolor, and is one of a series of detailed drawings by the artist Chad S. Hawkins. In 1989, at the age of seventeen, Chad started this unique temple series becoming the original LDS artist to involve hidden spiritual images in his artwork. Before drawing each temple, Chad visits each temple site to research its history, construction, and beautiful surroundings. He then returns to his studio to draw the temple by referring to his notes, sketches, and photographs.
Chad and his wife, Stephanie, visited the temple while on their honeymoon in 1994. The Hawaiian state motto is Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono, which translates as The life of land is perpetuated in righteousness. It is this righteousness of the many faithful Saints of the Polynesian culture that made the Hawaii Temple a reality. Since 1919, this temple has stood as a timeless vision of paradise, white and gleaming, between the emerald mountains and the sapphire sea. It was the first temple to be completed after the Salt Lake Temple. The upper portions of the temple are adorned with 123 nearly life-size figures depicting God's dealings with man in four great dispensations, from the time of Adam to the present. The sculptures visible in this drawing represent the latter-day restoration of the gospel with its saving principles. The natural setting for the temple is covered with ferns, trees, and other semitropical vegetation. The colorful hibiscus located in the lower right corner of the drawing is the state flower of the islands and blooms throughout the temple grounds. Located in front of the temple is the gradually ascending palm-lined water court containing four separate reflecting pools. The first hidden image is of the Savior, Jesus Christ, located in the first reflecting pool. In the second pool is found some of the traditional flowers used in the Hawaiian leithe plumeria and the Cattleya orchid. Finally, located in the third pool are each of the eight main islands that make up the beautiful state of Hawaii.This comes in a 11x14 or a 16x20 print.
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