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Public beach suits Natatorium site


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 02, 2013

~~<p>A natatorium was erected along with arches in 1927 to honor the veterans of World War I but the pool was closed in 1979 after being deemed a health and safety hazard. Restoring the natatorium to full glory would be prohibitively expensive, so at long last, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Mayor Kirk Caldwell have agreed on the most realistic alternative: tear down the crumbling natatorium, move the memorial's arches inland along Kapiolani Park, and create a new public beach.</p>
<p>While Abercrombie's earlier idea of building a world-class beach volleyball court with bleachers was intriguing, the more sensible decision is removing the dilapidated natatorium and moving the facade, or archway, closer to a large stone bearing a plaque commemorating the veterans in the adjoining parking lot. Indeed, a task force assigned in 2009 by then-Mayor Mufi Hannemann essentially recommended three years ago what Abercrombie and Caldwell have now chosen.</p>
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A natatorium was erected along with arches in 1927 to honor the veterans of World War I but the pool was closed in 1979 after being deemed a health and safety hazard. Restoring the natatorium to full glory would be prohibitively expensive, so at long last, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Mayor Kirk Caldwell have agreed on the most realistic alternative: tear down the crumbling natatorium, move the memorial's arches inland along Kapiolani Park, and create a new public beach.

While Abercrombie's earlier idea of building a world-class beach volleyball court with bleachers was intriguing, the more sensible decision is removing the dilapidated natatorium and moving the facade, or archway, closer to a large stone bearing a plaque commemorating the veterans in the adjoining parking lot. Indeed, a task force assigned in 2009 by then-Mayor Mufi Hannemann essentially recommended three years ago what Abercrombie and Caldwell have now chosen. Login for more...



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