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Caldwell Offers A New Multimillion-Dollar Option For Natatorium

Civil Beat, December 11, 2017 by Marcel Honore Caldwell Offers A New Multimillion-Dollar Option For Natatorium A solution is years away, but the mayor wants people to know “we haven’t forgot” the dilapidated World War I memorial. For several years now, there have been two basic option
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City outlines potential options for future of Waikiki Natatorium

KHON, December 11, 2017 City outlines potential options for future of Waikiki Natatorium What should happen to the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial? Construction was completed in 1927 as a memorial to honor veterans of World War I. But over the past several decades, the facility fell i
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Monk seal pup reunited with mom after getting trapped in the Natatorium

Honolulu Star-Advertiser, July 28, 2017 (Updated July 29, 2017 5:25pm) / By Leila Fukimori - Kaimana, the 4-week-old monk seal pup born at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki, wandered away for the first time from her Kauai-born mom, “Rocky,” Friday night. The two were separated for about 4
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City considers new alternatives for crumbling Waikiki Natatorium

KITV, June 22, 2016 / By Catherine Cruz - The Waikiki War Memorial was recently designated as a national treasure even though it has been closed for almost 50 years. Its last major face-lift was 16 years ago. Next week, the natatorium becomes the focus of a week-long series of meeting
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Tearing down of the Natatorium stalled by city over state’s concerns

Honolulu Star-Advertiser, June 16, 2015 / By Gordon Y.K. Pang – The city's plan to tear down the Wai­kiki War Memorial Natatorium is being pushed back more than a year. Robert Kroning, the city's director of design and construction, said officials with the State Historic Preservation
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Let’s Face It: Natatorium Arch Is Ugly

MidWeek: Politics: Just Thoughts, September 24, 2014 / By Bob Jones – I just don’t understand the reasoning by those who say we cannot demolish Waikiki Natatorium because it was erected as a memorial to World War I soldiers from here. I mean, we’re not suggesting tearing down the Tomb
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Redevelopment of Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial gains traction

Pacific Business News July 23, 2014 / Duane Shimogawa – The project to redevelop the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial, which includes creating a new beach fronted by a replica World War I memorial arch that could cost more than $18 million, is gaining some traction. The City and County
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Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial as it looks today. It has just been named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on the heels of demolition vs. preservation plans here | Photo courtesy Sandra Sagisi

Making Progress On Natatorium Future

MidWeek: Lifestyle/Island Matters, June 4, 2014 / By Mufi Hannemann – A crumbling structure with faded memories is the focus of a newly designated national treasure in Hawaii, which continues to serve as a setting to remember those who lost their lives in the armed forces during the f
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The Conversation: Natatorium Follow-Up: Jim Bickerton

Hawaii Public Radio / Town Square: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 - Maybe you remember the picture from last year - Governor Abercrombie and Honolulu Mayor Caldwell standing together at the Natatorium to announce their decision to replace the crumbling structure with a memorial beach. Many
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Honolulu Star-Advertiser poll: 90% support pool removal

Honolulu Star-Advertiser, May 22, 2014 What should be done with the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium, now named a “national treasure”?  B. Raze pool, create beach and move arches (90%, 3,811 Votes) A. Full restoration, including pool (10%, 484 Votes) Total Voters: 4,252
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