Happy Thanksgiving! The Friends are truly grateful for your ongoing support of our work for the War Memorial Natatorium in Waikiki. We come to you now asking for your continued help.Earlier this month, the 23rd annual Veterans Day observance at the Natatorium celebrated Hawaii’s ex-service members living and dead, including, as you see in the photo, many members of Oahu veteran biking clubs.
Just days before, the City and County of Honolulu released its environmental impact statement on the Natatorium, opting for preservation of Hawaii’s official state World War I memorial.
The study began several years ago with the assumption that demolition would be the chosen outcome. The city’s change of position is an enormous and hard-won victory, made possible — let’s be clear about this — by you.
That’s right. Without your steadfast support, this giant step toward repairing and reopening our locally, nationally and internationally important war memorial would never have been possible.
In 2020, we will continue our education and outreach work and, of course, sponsor the long-running annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day public events on the Natatorium grounds.
We humbly ask for your continued financial support as we move into this next phase of advancing preservation. We will need to expand our efforts to continue building support for a capital campaign to get preservation work started.
Please click the “Donate” button on this page. If you’d prefer to write a check, please print out, fill in and mail the form here along with your gift.
Mahalo for giving generously to sustain our all-volunteer efforts. Every penny you give goes directly towards our work.
President, Friends of the Natatorium