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May 6, 2013

Think About It: Natation At The Natatorium

Finally. Well, maybe... It appears that we have absolute local leadership consensus on what to do with the dilapidated Natatorium at the end of Waikiki beach. After years of neglect, slow deterioration, politics, myriad  suggestions, and failed fundraising efforts, the Natatorium will be apparently be torn down to make way for a public beach, with the 86- year-old facility's archway getting a much-needed restoration and moving about 50-feet away from the beach.

Some opposed to tearing down the bleachers and such will say this is heresy and a slap in the face based on the original intent of this World War I memorial, but letting rusty metal bars and crumbling stones- unsafe for human usage- sit and deteriorate year after year while one administration after another unveils promises annually unfulfilled is a complete waste of time and is also a slight on the memory of those honored by the natatorium's existence.

Ah, but now the fun begins- who will pay for the repair work- the city or the state?  Hopefully, the money matters can be quickly resolved and work can begin in short order, but if history is to be our guide, don‘t bet on it. After all, the swimming pool there has been closed for 34-years, a testament to government indecision and the City Council and state legislature have other major funding issues and priorities to deal with, as always. So while this supposedly definitive announcement is a relief and long overdue, I wouldn't don't plan that beach party or baby luau just yet at the renovated Kaimana Beach landmark. Think about it… 

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