I was born and raised in Hawai’i, and although I am sad to see what has become of a favorite place that was part of my teen and young adult years, I cannot see sinking 6.2 million taxpayer dollars into what is a too-expensive and lost cause. So much money has already been sunk into this facility with, really, nothing to show for it. It’s just too late.
The money would be better spent on creating a new memorial commemorating those who served, and those who were lost, in World War I, and locating it close to the present memorial — the Natatorium. I think a very nice memorial could be built for much less than $6.2 million. There are so many more worthy things that are really needed in the City & County of Honolulu, including assistance for the poor and homeless.
Mayor Harris: Please, please stop wasting money on restoring the Natatorium. It just isn’t worth it!