Laie is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the Koolauloa District on the island of Oahu in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States. In Hawaiian, lie means "ie leaf" (ieie is a climbing screwpine: Freycinetia arborea). The population was 6,138 at the 2010 census. Historically, Laie was a puuhonua, a sanctuary for fugitives. While a fugitive was in the pu'uhonua, it was unlawful for that fugitive's pursuers to harm him or her. During wartime, spears with white flags attached were set up at each end of the city of refuge. If warriors attempted to pursue fugitives into the puuhonua, they would be killed by sanctuary priests. Fugitives seeking sanctuary in a city of refuge were not forced to permanently live within the confines of its walls. Instead, they were given two choices. In some cases, after a certain length of time (ranging from a couple of weeks to several years), fugitives could enter the service of the priests and assist in the daily affairs of the puuhonua. A second option was that after a certain length of time the fugitives would be free to leave and re-enter the world unmolested. Traditional cities of refuge were abolished in 1819.
Lā'ie is about planning a future that protects quality of life and emphasizes the values of the people who live in the Koolau Loa region.
Take a moment during your busy sightseeing schedule: enjoy the lush gardens on the Laie Hawaii Temple grounds, then come inside the visitors' center to learn more about Jesus Christ and the purpose of temples. We also invite you to visit the nearby Polynesian Cultural Center where you can visit old Hawaii in the different villages.
Time for a hands-on Polynesian Cultural experience: throw a spear, start a fire, husk a coconut, visit eight villages & exhibits. Make a day of it then enjoy an authentic luau feast & evening show.