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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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Don’t abandon existing plan for Natatorium

Honolulu Star-Advertiser, May 24, 2014 Editorial: Our View After decades of disagreements over what to do about the crumbling and long-closed Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium, the city and state governments joined forces last year on an affordable and respectful plan that would preserv
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Town Square: Historic Preservation

Hawaii Public Radio / Town Square: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2014 - On this Town Square, we talked with chief preservation officer, David Brown, and senior field officer from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Brian Turner, about the preservation of the Natatorium and the overal
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National treasure

Honolulu Star-Advertiser By Allison Schaefers A long-suffering landmark receives added recognition, renewing debate over what to do with the historic site POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 21, 2014 LAST UPDATED: 08:29 a.m. HST, May 21, 2014 A nearly three-decade battle to preserve the negle
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