January, 2021. That's when Mayor Kirk Caldwell leaves office after his second term, and it's also the date when he hopes to have seen work begun on refurbishing the long-neglected Waikiki Natatorium. Now that's a little bit more than three-years from now, but hey, after waiting for about 50 years for a solution and remedy on this historic project, what's another three years among friends?
The Natatorium debate has been going on for far too long, and as the facility celebrates its 90th birthday, it is hopefully more than a dream to see this nightmare end where discussions seemingly come up annually, opposition arises, committees are formed, studies are taken, and nothing gets done. Meanwhile, everyone seems to forget about why a decision needs to be rendered- to honor the men and women from this territory who served the USA military during World War I. And while there will undoubtedly be disappointed people and groups when a final decision is ultimately rendered- the time has come to make a decision.
Actually, the time to have rendered a decision and then take action on the upkeep, resurrection, or partial demolition of the Natatorium has come and gone so many times that we've grown immune or numb to promises. But like Charlie Brown lining up to kick the football, only to have Lucy pull it away time after time, we can now prepare for bulldozers, wrecking balls, cement mixers or re-bar installation to take place in about three years in Waikiki; and that's progress. Now, about that Koolau Stairway to Heaven… think about it.