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Caldwell Against Gov’s Natatorium Plan, Cayetano Wants More Info

Excerpted from Civil Beat By Alia Wong When it comes to the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium, neither of Honolulu’s two mayoral candidates fully support the state’s plan to replace the dilapidated structure with a volleyball arena or concert venue. Since 2009, at the recommendation of
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The Natatorium Emails, Part 2: State Considers How Best To Spin It

Civil Beat By Sophie Cocke For months, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has intended to take the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium back from the city to build a world-class volleyball arena. The trick? To do it in way that doesn’t touch off a public backlash or media firestorm. That’s accord
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Group claims Natatorium planning being done ‘behind the scenes’

Hawaii News Now By Ben Gutierrez WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) – A group that wants to preserve the beach area near the Waikiki Natatorium contends that Gov. Neil Abercrombie is moving behind the scenes to use the aging war memorial as a venue for beach volleyball or concerts. The Kai
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Natatorium planning kept under wraps

Star-Advertiser By Michael Tsai Emails reveal talks between the state and private interests over the site’s fate Recently released email correspondence between the state and city officials, executives from a local architectural firm, and leaders from commercial and private inter
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City, state e-mails reveal attempts to deceive public

KITV4 News A trail of e-mails between the city and state has uncovered an attempt to keep the public in the dark about backroom talks underway over the fate of the Waikiki Natatorium.
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Waikiki Natatorium

William Aila: Sleep Well! The Natatorium Will Soon Be Mine

Civil Beat By Sophie Cocke Gov. Neil Abercrombie decided to take the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium back from the city in July to build a volleyball arena. The challenge for top city officials was how to keep the media and public from finding out about it. That’s according to i
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Gov. Neil Abercrombie speaking with KITV and Civil Beat in executive chambers, Sept. 18, 2012.

Abercrombie: PLDC Could Help Waikiki Natatorium

Civil Beat By Chad Blair The Public Land Development Corporation could help resolve the longstanding morass over what to do with the Waikiki Natatorium. That comes from Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who spoke to Civil Beat and KITV Tuesday in executive chambers following a media event. The g
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A vision of what the beach could be, based on engineering descriptions.

Would Kaimana Beach Disappear With the Waikiki Natatorium?

Civil Beat By Sophie Cocke Kaimana Beach, also known as Sans Souci Beach, is a small haven for locals along the Waikiki shoreline, an international tourist destination that attracts several million tourists annually. Maybe that’s because visitors strolling along the beachwalk toward D
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Governor, mayor weigh Waikiki Natatorium options

KITV4 News By Catherine Cruz   Waikiki councilmember urges community outreach HONOLULU — The sad state of the historic structure, boils down to money, or the lack of it. The dilemma of what to do, has ping-ponged back and forth from restoration to demolition. The Kaimana Beach Co
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Waikiki Natatorium Back In Limbo As State Steps In

Civil Beat By Sophie Cocke Gov. Neil Abercrombie is considering taking the Waikiki Natatorium back from the city to pursue his own plans for the dilapidated memorial that jets out into the shallow waters of Oahu’s south shore. Meanwhile, the city quit work months ago on plans recommen
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