Good news! The City & County of Honolulu has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that favors rehabilitating the Waikīkī War Memorial Natatorium, rather than tearing it down. This is an exciting milestone for all who love the Beaux-Arts memorial and want to restore it as an iconic swim venue.
But we can’t rest yet.
The city is accepting public input on the EIS through December 24. It is vital that they hear from advocates like you, to urge their continued support for the “perimeter deck” option. This plan is less expensive than demolition, is environmentally sustainable, and carries a broad base of local support while preserving the memorial’s original intent: honoring Hawaiʻi’s sacrifice in war and celebrating its proud swimming heritage.
Please join Historic Hawaii Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in voicing your support for a preservation outcome for this long-neglected icon.