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Do you favor a new plan to refurbish the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial, using chevrons to circulate water?

  • A. Yes; has much potential (433 Votes)
  • C. No; turn pool into beach, move archway (418 Votes)
  • B. Dubious; but restore Natatorium somehow (219 Votes)

This is not a scientific poll — results reflect only the opinions of those voting.

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  • It seems that history & tradition, has gone down the toilet, in Hawaii.

    All memorial structures, in Hawaii, are not deemed worthy of upkeep.

    Rome has many memorial structures & statues, that have survived, a couple thousand years.

    Hawaii has many memorial structures & statues, that will not survive a hundred years.

    Tourism & mainland influence, over history & tradition, in Hawaii.

    • think it’s cheaper to upkeep a beach vs. a man-made structure which will corrode over the years because of the salt conditions. You gotta be wise in what you do, it’s like planting bushes or trees for eye appeal then having to employ someone to manicure it from time to time. Return the site to it’s natural surroundings and name the beach for military veterans. Erect a monument while your at it.

      • So it hasn’t cost any money to repeatedly restor the beach ? We just spent months bringing sand back in and anybody who has been paying attention over the years knows that much if not most of Waikiki sand is from Molokai.

    • Agree with Taimalie12. As I mentioned in an earlier article, my father fought in WWII, surfed Waikiki before and after the war and believed wholeheartedly that restoring the beach for everyone would be the best tribute of all. Keep the arches. remove the bacteria-loaded pool, and share the beach. I used to swim in that horrible pool during age group swim practice in the 60’s…awful and loaded with barracuda.

  • Building a pool in the ocean is redundant. Creates a black hole for maintenance costs. And what value does the pool add? Inside the reef there at Kaimana is pretty calm already.

    • ghstar, excellent point. There is no need for a salt water pool. (Ask the residents of Black Pt. how much they have to pay to maintain that grandfathered pool,) The Natatorium would be far more costly and a poor option. Too much politics, already!

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