You’ve read about it. Now support it!
The new design concept for preservation, repair and reopening of the War Memorial Natatorium [see the image below] is on a Honolulu City Council committee’s agenda for this Thursday, Jan. 19.
What’s Going On?
The Zoning and Housing Committee will vote Thursday on a resolution urging the mayor and city officials to include the new design concept in the ongoing environmental impact study of the Natatorium’s future.
If the city does not study this design, there’s a danger there will be no analysis of any viable, affordable preservation option.
That would mean the only EIS competition for the city plan to demolish the Natatorium would be conversion to something like a land-based swimming pool. Total enclosure. Pumps and filters.
No one on the preservation side favors conversion. It’s not feasible. It’s not affordable. It’s not necessary to achieving the real goals: preservation of the iconic, historically important state World War I memorial and restoration of a safe, healthy swim basin.
What Can You Do?
Testify at Thursday’s hearing. In person, or by submitting a written statement in advance.
Here’s what to do:
— To register to testify in person, first look at the Zoning and Housing Committee agenda. Then follow the directions for registering. The easiest option is to fill out the online testimony registration form. Be sure to fill in the “Agenda item” box with “Resolution 16-311.” Your meeting date is 01-19-2017. Select “Zoning and Housing” in the committee drop-down menu. Fill in the other required items with the appropriate information.
— To submit written testimony, first look at the Zoning and Housing Committee agenda. Then use the online testimony registration form to submit your statement. Be sure to fill in the “Agenda item” box with “Resolution 16-311.” Your meeting date is 01-19-2017. Select “Zoning and Housing” in the committee drop-down menu. Fill in the other required items with the appropriate information. You can paste testimony into the “Written Testimony” box or attach a Word document or PDF.
What to Say
Your statement should be brief and in your own words. You should certainly say that you support Resolution 16-311; you should ask the committee to approve the resolution.
You can say why you think preserving, repairing and reopening the War Memorial Natatorium is important. And you can say that you think the design concept proposed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation is a great approach: It would be affordable and get the job done at last, after far too many years of delay.
Finally, you can say that you believe the environmental impact study now underway must include analysis and fair consideration of the NTHP design.
Mahalo All Around
Likewise, mahalo to you – whether you’re a resident of Oahu, live in Hawaii, or are reading this on the mainland or elsewhere — for making sure that your voice is heard this Thursday. What you say is important. It will have an impact.