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Give new life to crumbling Natatorium


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 25, 2012

~~<p>A city task force concluded three years ago that the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium's dilapidated swimming pool and bleachers should be demolished because they would be too expensive to renovate. Gov. Neil Abercrombie now appears to want the state to regain control and possibly turn it into a beach volleyball stadium. Such an alternative is worth pursuing in order to find a better public use of this crumbling site and see if it pencils out.</p>
<p>Built in 1927 to honor the 101 Hawaii residents who died in World War I, the Natatorium was put off-limits to the public in 1979 and deemed a health and safety hazard a year later. Three years ago, then-Mayor Mufi Hannemann accepted the task force's recommendation to demolish the pool and bleachers, move the reconstructed arches inland and restore the beach.</p>
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A city task force concluded three years ago that the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium's dilapidated swimming pool and bleachers should be demolished because they would be too expensive to renovate. Gov. Neil Abercrombie now appears to want the state to regain control and possibly turn it into a beach volleyball stadium. Such an alternative is worth pursuing in order to find a better public use of this crumbling site and see if it pencils out.

Built in 1927 to honor the 101 Hawaii residents who died in World War I, the Natatorium was put off-limits to the public in 1979 and deemed a health and safety hazard a year later. Three years ago, then-Mayor Mufi Hannemann accepted the task force's recommendation to demolish the pool and bleachers, move the reconstructed arches inland and restore the beach. Login for more...



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