Restore the Natatorium, Save Kaimana Beach

We, the undersigned, support the full restoration of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium to its intended use as a salt water swimming venue and "Living Memorial." A $1.2M engineering study of all alternatives supports our belief that restoration will cost less, better protect the marine conservation district, and provide greater recreational, economic and aesthetic benefits than demolishing the pool. Any attempts to remove or relocate portions of the facility constitute a breach of our commitment to honor the more than 10,000 people from Hawaii who served in WWI and will cause significant harm to Kaimana Beach and the surrounding reef. We have spent over $4M to restore the restrooms and bleachers. Let's finish the pool so our "Living Memorial" can once again be enjoyed by all.

Sponsor

This petition is sponsored by the Friends of the Natatorium, a 501-c3 organization that has worked to restore the memorial for over 20 years.

Links

Learn more about the Natatorium and activities at http://www.natatorium.org

Discussion

  • Elizabeth Alleman This could be a gorgeous gathering place for visitors and the community if repaired. It would be disrespectful to our servicemembers to remove it.

  • Nelson Lindsay I swam there when I was a kid. I believe it's something from the old days worth preserving.

  • Michael Uechi I remember watching Buster Crabbe of the USA team out touching the Japanese swimmer back in 1952, I believe. Great memories swimming at the Natatorium and lying on the bleachers. It would be a shame to not restore this monument for everyone to enjoy.

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    Elizabeth Alleman

    1 month ago Comments: This could be a gorgeous gathering place for visitors and the community if repaired. It would be disrespectful to our servicemembers to remove it.
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    Nelson Lindsay

    4 months ago Comments: I swam there when I was a kid. I believe it's something from the old days worth preserving.
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    Michael Uechi

    4 months ago Comments: I remember watching Buster Crabbe of the USA team out touching the Japanese swimmer back in 1952, I believe. Great memories swimming at the Natatorium and lying on the bleachers. It would be a shame to not restore this monument for everyone to enjoy.
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