The Natatorium: The place to be

High flyers launch themselves from the dive tower at the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium. Click the image to see a slideshow. Photo courtesy of the Hawaii State Archives.

High flyers launch themselves from the dive tower at the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium. Click the image to see a slideshow. Photo courtesy of the Hawai'i State Archives

Here’s a slideshow of some wonderful historic photos of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium, unearthed in the collections of the Hawai’i State Archives.

Several of them show the Natatorium as it was meant to be: A living memorial to Hawai’i’s honored war dead, a lively, active fun place where families and athletes and all of us could enjoy the freedom preserved for us by our warriors’ sacrifices.

For so many years, the Natatorium truly was the place to be.

It can be again. It should be again. For so many reasons: Because of the debt of honor we owe to the war dead and our veterans. Because of the Natatorium’s contributions to our history and culture. Because any other choice would be financially, legally and environmentally irresponsible.

And just because it would be a great place to be.

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