Did you see it? The Natatorium made its first guest-starring appearance in Monday night’s episode of the new Hawaii Five-0.
If you missed it, you can catch the episode, titled “Powa Maka Moana,” on streaming video on the Hawaii Five-0 web site.
A little over 11 minutes in, there’s a beautiful aerial shot from the ocean side, followed immediately by an establishing shot of the Natatorium’s gateway arch. That places Five-0 detectives Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan) in Kapiolani Park, where they’re looking for informant Kamekona (Taylor Wiley) who may have information to help them break a kidnapping case.
Hollywood obviously recognizes that the Waikiki Natatorium is a jewel. When will Hawaii recognize that this jewel must be preserved and restored to use?
As it stands today, the Natatorium looks great in the background of a TV series. But take a closer look: We can’t swim in it. We can’t use it, the way we were intended to use it when it was built in 1927 as Hawaii’s official memorial to the territory’s World War I soldiers and sailors.
The Natatorium: It’s ready for prime time. But when will it be ready for its closeup?