Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial

The Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial is a World War I living memorial on Oahu, Hawaii, USA. It is a salt-water swimming pool built in the ocean on Waikiki’s San Souci beach.

History of the Natatorium

The memorial was designed to honor the ~10,000 men and women from Hawaii who served and the 101 who gave their lives during World War I. The opening ceremony took place on 24 August 1927.

The Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial is currently closed to the public due to disrepair and neglect by the local and state government. It has been shuttered since the 1980s, and there is an ongoing effort to try and preserve the memorial and the legacy of those who served, sacrificed.

Documentary ‘The Tank’

The most recent effort is a documentary film The Tank which chronicles the role of the Natatorium in the lives of thousands of Oahu children and families, as well as the world-class swimming culture that was spawned by olympians and local folks.

We regularly hold memorial services on the park grounds of the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial. Consider attending for Memorial day and Veterans day. But there are more ways to help honor this memorial, and preserve it for future generations. You can help!

Friends of the Natatorium

This website is run by the Friends of the Natatorium is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization which is dedicated to saving the natatorium from destruction.

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  1. Looking for places to visit when we vacation in Hawaii next month. This would have been pretty high on our list if it was open. Hope Hawaii can find a way to continue honoring the people who sacrifices in the past so that the people today can have what they have…..

    • moradke

      Thanks for your thoughts Jim. These next two years are going to be big for the Natatorium and other WWI memorials around the globe. -Mo Radke

  2. Thomas Riddle

    Having a memorial that is in deplorable condition due to 50 years of neglect is a dishonor to our WWII vets. There is no longer a need or desire for a salt water pool located on the shore of one of the world’s finest beaches. Honor our vets by demolishing the deteriorating structure, restoring the beach, and either move the arch forward or build a new structure in the park. Fifty years of government inaction is enough.

  3. Jennifer

    I remember this place it is truly a shame what the govt has done. one other problem is parking. its so hard to find parking even with it closed I cant imagine what it would be like if it did open back up. where would anyone park??????

  4. Stan Webb

    The site was closed in 1979, that was 38 years ago. It’s current state is a tribute to the effectiveness of the Hawaii Democratic Party.

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