Thursday, February 19, 2009
This morning at Mission Memorial Auditorium, Mayor Hannemann said in his State of the City address:
"The fate of the Waikiki Natatorium has dogged the City for decades. The back-and-forth by advocates of its preservation and proponents of expanded beach space has led to a standoff on the deteriorating monument. We are reviewing a draft of an exhaustive engineering study on the Natatorium. One of the recommendations we're seriously considering is the demolition of the pool to open up more beach space and the reconstruction of the facade further inland or at another appropriate location, like the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center. I'll be convening a working group consisting of community representatives and stakeholders to help us reach a decision that's in the best interests of all the people."
The Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium was a salt-water pool which opened in 1927 as a living memorial to those who served and died in World War I. More history..
Read the full text of Mayor Mufi Hannemann's State of the City address..