More About the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium
Photo above: The Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium in 2008 by Photographer Jonathan Radke.
Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium
Opened in 1927, the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium was built to honor the mena and women of Hawaii who served during the "Great War." Learn more about this historic place and the world-wide community supporting its restoration.
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Historic Hawaii Foundation's Position
SUPPORTS the stabilization, preservation and rehabilitation of the Waikīkī War Memorial Natatorium.
- HHF recommends that the immediate strengthening, repair and stabilization of the structure’s frame be completed per the plans that were halted in 2005, including the sea walls and deck.
- HHF recommends that simultaneously with resuming the work to stabilize the structure, that engineering, planning and permitting be undertaken for the re-design of the pool.
- HHF recommends that the City engage in dialogue with state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, business organizations and other stakeholders to craft a public-private partnership for the long-term rehabilitation, maintenance and operation of the facility.
About the Mayor's 2009 Natatorium Task Force
Historic Hawai‘i Foundation was represented by Kiersten Faulkner, Executive Director of Historic Hawaii Foundation on the Mayor's Task Force on Alternatives for the Natatorium which met in 2009.
Here is a summary of the votes:
- Three task force members (Faulkner, Donna Ching and Fred Ballard) voted for the stabilization, preservation and rehabilitation of the Waikiki War Memorial which is defined by law as "including a swimming course of at least 100 meters"
- Three task force members were not present at the vote (Hannie Anderson, Art Caleda and Brian Keaulana), but signed the minority opinion supporting the preservation and rehabilitation of the Waikiki War Memorial.
- Seven task force members (Rick Bernstein, Jean Pierre Cercillieux, Charles “Chip” Fletcher, Tim Guard, State Rep. Ken Ito, Lt. Gen. H.C. Stackpole, USC (Ret.) and Edgar Hamasu) voted for demolishing the Natatorium and building a beach.
- Two members (Rick Egged and Andrew Rossiter) voted to demolish the memorial and build a state-of-the-art aquarium in its place when funding allows.
- Collins Lam, is an employee of the City and Chairman of the Task Force, was only a voting member in the event of a tie which was not necessary.
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