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State, city want to raze Natatorium

The governor and the mayor plan to demolish the war memorial and replace it with a public beach

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 01, 2013

~~<p>Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Tuesday they support a plan to tear down the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium in favor of a new public beach, although funding for the estimated $18.4 million project remains up in the air.</p>
<p>The facade, or archway, of the 86-year-old memorial &mdash; built as a monument to Hawaii's World War I veterans &mdash; would be restored and moved about 50 feet mauka to make way for the beach. There will not be a beach volleyball court, as Abercrombie had once suggested. The governor and the mayor each made it clear there will not be any commercial activity on the site.</p>
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Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Tuesday they support a plan to tear down the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium in favor of a new public beach, although funding for the estimated $18.4 million project remains up in the air.

The facade, or archway, of the 86-year-old memorial — built as a monument to Hawaii's World War I veterans — would be restored and moved about 50 feet mauka to make way for the beach. There will not be a beach volleyball court, as Abercrombie had once suggested. The governor and the mayor each made it clear there will not be any commercial activity on the site. Login for more...



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