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Natatorium needs your help NOW

Monday’s inauguration of Gov. Neil Abercrombie means the key leaders are officially in place. We believe Gov. Abercrombie and Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle want to preserve and restore the Natatorium. We need all Natatorium supporters to take time NOW to contact the mayor and governor and let them know we’re behind their efforts to do what’s pono. Please send a letter, e-mail, or make a quick phone call. The messages don’t need to be long. Just say something simple, brief and pointed. Contact the mayor You can contact Mayor Peter Carlisle at Office of the Mayor, Honolulu Hale, 530 S.
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Categories: Statement and Uncategorized.

Just before Veterans Day? Really?

Published online today — the day before Veterans Day, of all days! — is MidWeek columnist Bob Jones’ call for demolition of the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial. Naturally, we object — not only to the sentiment, but also to the column’s repetition of baseless assertions often heard from the small, but vocal, anti-Natatorium crowd. And we object, especially, to the choice of the eve of a holiday honoring veterans to call for the destruction of a state memorial to Hawai’i veterans and war dead. Peter Apo, president of the Friends of the Natatorium and newly elected trustee of the Office
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Categories: News coverage, Uncategorized, and Veterans.

HPR reports on Memorial Day service at the Natatorium

Hawai’i Public Radio’s Adrienne LaFrance was on hand for Sunday’s 22nd annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Natatorium and filed a report that aired Monday and Tuesday. The story does a fine job of both capturing the spirit of the event and updating listeners on the natatorium issue. One excerpt from the story seems particularly worth thinking about. It quotes our keynote speaker at Sunday’s ceremony, Lieutenant General Benjamin Mixon, commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific. LaFrance observes that “veterans from World War I, the soldiers the memorial was built to honor, are no longer alive to see it.”
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Categories: Events, Memorial Day, News coverage, and Uncategorized.

Natatorium dancers seek courageous followers!

Here’s something fun… with an important lesson. Check it out. Yeah, sure; it’s true. Sometimes, we here at feel like the Dancing Guy, the lone nut out there trying to tell people how important it is to pay attention to one of the Hawai’i’s great treasures, how important it is to keep faith with the men and women who died, how important it is to be true to our history and culture. And the lone nut needs a first follower. And a second. Because, after all, “Three is a crowd, and a crowd is news.” And a crowd can
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Categories: Events and Uncategorized.