Tidal Change

By Chad Blair Published in the Honolulu Weekly, July 6, 1999 Following a June 21 ruling by Circuit Judge Gail Nakatani defining the Waikiki War Memorial and Natatorium as a swimming pool, the City & County of Honolulu has called a temporary halt to its renovation. Meanwhile, public opinion may be shifting against the ambitious plans of Mayor Jeremy Harris, Friends of the Natatorium and commercial interests. City residents couldn’t pick up a newspaper, turn on the TV or listen to the ra
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Judge blocks work on Natatorium

Honolulu Star-Bulletin By Gordon Y.K. Pang Star-Bulletin The mayor wanted work to proceed even though not all permits are in hand A 10-day restraining order blocking work at the Waikiki War Memorial and Natatorium was imposed on the city by Circuit Judge Gail Nakatani today. Work was scheduled to begin this week on Mayor Jeremy Harris’ $11.5 million plan to restore the 70-year-old structure. City Council members are looking at a new compromise plan that might significantly reduce the scope
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New suit filed to halt Natatorium restoration

Honolulu Advertiser Kobayashi Ken Staff Advertiser Final By Ken Kobayashi, ADVERTISER COURTS WRITER A group opposing the proposed restoration of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium returned to court yesterday to challenge Mayor Jeremy Harris’ decision this week to proceed with construction that doesn’t involve the facility’s saltwater pool. The Kaimana Beach Coalition filed a new lawsuit citing Circuit Judge Gail Nakatani’s decision Monday that the pool is under the Depar
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Ruling jeopardizes Natatorium plans

Honolulu Advertiser Kobayashi Ken Staff Advertiser Final By Ken Kobayashi, ADVERTISER STAFF WRITER A state judge delivered a potentially crippling blow yesterday to the city’s plan to renovate the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium by declaring that the facility falls under regulations governing swimming pools and must obtain a state permit. City and state lawyers had argued that the regulations covering freshwater pools were never intended to cover the Natatorium, which is designed to allow
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Judge to decide Natatorium’s fate

Honolulu Star-Bulletin By Gordon Y.K. Pang Star-Bulletin Defining it as a pool may jeopardize the restoration due to health standards Is it a pool or isn’t it? The fate of the city’s $11.5 million restoration of the Waikiki War Memorial and Natatorium may rest on Circuit Judge Gail Nakatani’s response to the question. Nakatani said she will rule Monday. The city doesn’t want it declared a pool since health officials say it might be closed to swimming because it is doubtfu
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