Friends of the Natatorium Vice President Donna L. Ching is just back from a visit to Australia, where she says there are more than 30 ocean pools in the Sydney area alone. She swam in several Aussie “ocean baths,” and brought back photos for us.
“They’re everywhere in Australia!” she says. “You’d think we could get it together and fix our one and only Natatorium!”
Bronte Beach pool
Farther down the famous Coastal Walk towards Coogee Beach, Donna reports, she came across ocean pools at nearly every beach. Here’s a photo of lap swimmers in the pool at Bronte Beach, 2 kilometers south of Bondi and the birthplace in 1903 of organized, professional ocean lifesaving.
Clovelly Beach pool
Just a bit further south is this pool at Clovelly Beach.
Why not in Honolulu?
Donna’s point is a good one: If Australia can build, maintain and safely operate so many ocean pools, why can’t we take care of just one? Particularly, when that one also happens to be Hawai’i’s official World War I memorial and, for nearly 90 years, a cultural and historical treasure for Honolulu.
The Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium: Let’s fix it and swim there again. Soon. ‘Cuz, hey: Why should the Australians have all the fun?