Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium, Oahu

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  • July 28, 2017
    In truth, there is an old building, swimming pool and arch - nothing else, but this monument to WWI deserves some love and respect.... both Duke K and Johnny Weismuller swam here. Hawaii wasn't even a...  more »
  • July 9, 2017
    The WW1 Memorial is a natatorium (swimming station) and is located in the vicinity of Kaimana Beach and the Aquarium. Therefore you need approx. 10 min from the end of Waikiki Beach walk to reach it. The WWI Memorial is the Beeindruckenste in my opinion, because it had a task. A swimming pool is located behind the gate on the back. The pool is Olympic size and has a salt water pool with openings to the ocean. Official competitions and qualifications were held here. It was inaugurated on August 24, 1927, on the birthday of Olympic Gold winner and inventor of modern surfing, Duke Kahanamoku. At the opening, more than 7,000 viewers were most and at the Memorial. During the heyday of the Natatoriums are celebrities such as Johnny Weissmuller (first color film Tazan actor) and 34 members of the "International Swimming Hall of Fame" floated. However it has been made available to the public and elementary school children have learned to swim here. as world war one Memorial was to honor the 101 fallen soldiers and volunteered in the war served soldiers have devoted more than 10,000. The cost of construction have on about $250,000 amount. In the second world war, it was used for training purposes. The last time that was invested in the preservation was in 1949. After that, it was neglected 30 years until it was closed in 1979. It is now locked so for 37 years. 1998 was even funding of 11.5 million $ for the restoration. in 2005 the remaining 6.4 million were $ but returned and postponed the project by the new administration. Therefore, there are still two different plans. Option one: Tear down and build on the beach at Waikiki, to enlarge the beach. Option two: many million dollars to invest and rebuild. Even if you can not enter the Memorial, it's worth a visit. From here, you have beautiful views of Waikiki and Diamond Head. Also very quiet and family-friendly Kaimana Beach is next to. You can find more experiences and tips for a perfect Hawaii vacation by me on hawaii travel tippsPUNKTde.
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  • July 6, 2017
    It is a memorial monument located adjacent to Kaimana from Kapiolani Park. I feel that many Japanese visit in Hawaii, had such a historic event face up.
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  • April 5, 2017
    so sad to see current condition hope the state returns it to better condition it deserves to be in
  • December 24, 2016
    Literally boarded off & ringed with rusty barded wire and graffiti, you may only peek in through the chain link fence to see what was once a historical gathering place of immense beauty. It's so disgraceful that the city of Oahu is neglecting a war memorial and idly standing by as it crumbles back into the sea.
  • June 6, 2016
    Any reviewer who would demand this be torn down may not be aware that this is a war memorial. The memory of those who gave their lives in the cause of WWI cannot be bulldozed. There are both moral and legal issues at work here. Restoration is the only honorable course. In addition, there is no beach without the War Memorial. The memorial has created the beach. It is all too easy for people to forget where they came from, and take for granted things like liberty, when others paid the ultimate cost for it. Just like a beach that came into being in the shelter of the War Memorial. Never forget.
  • March 26, 2016
    Silly Hawaii wasting millions of tax payers dollars on a restoration that was never finished and left to decay. Most of Waikiki has been torn down to provide more shopping for tourists. No appreciation for beautiful architecture or the history. Incredible art deco theaters and other landmarks of Hawaii's heyday are gone forever.
  • February 27, 2016
    Significant memorial of the great war. Pictures available online of the 100m pool in its glory days are impressive. Apparently no profit in maintaining it anymore. No WW1 vets left. Too bad.

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