Community group pushes for preservation of Waikiki Natatorium

Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium
Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium

The Waikiki Natatorium is an island treasure but what should happen to it?

The city is preparing an environmental impact statement that would help decide the future of the WWI memorial.

Three things could happen which are to create a new beach with a replica of the memorial’s arch, restore the Natatorium, or do nothing at all.

A public meeting was held Monday night to take input before the E.I.S is developed.

“We want to be sure that the city focuses on the broader symbolic value of what its considering doing here as we embark on the centennial commemoration of WWI,” National Trust for Historic Preservation Deputy General Counsel Betsy Merritt said.

“Well the outcome for this pre-scoping, scoping meeting is to try and make sure that the folks that are trying to gather all the facts, have all the facts,” Friends of the Natatorium President Mo Radke said.

The EIS is not expected to be ready until next summer.

The Waikiki Natatorium was built in 1927.

 

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