URGENT: Support House resolution on Natatorium by 4 p.m.

We need your help today!!!

Here’s what’s happening: Two state House committees will hold a joint hearing tomorrow — Friday, March 23 — on an important first step towards action on saving our Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium.

1973 Star-Advertiser photo of the Natatorium

1973 Star-Advertiser photo of the Natatorium.

The committees will consider HCR 194, a resolution asking the Department of Land and Natural Resources to convene a state task force on the Waikiki Natatorium issue.

This is important!

Passage of this resolution will put the House and Senate on record as saying “the restoration of the Waikiki Natatorium would benefit the state as a landmark, honor those who served and those who died in World War I, and allow the site to be used for other activities.”

Just as important, the creation of the task force will focus the attention of important state agencies on the critical need to preserve and stabilize the Natatorium now and to resume full restoration as soon as possible.

The hearing by the Committee on Water, Land and Ocean Resources and the Committee on Tourism will be at 10:30 a.m. in Conference Room 325 of the State Capitol at 415 S. Beretania St.

Here’s what you can do!

Go to the Legislature’s web page on the resolution, hit the “Submit Testimony” link and submit your statement in support of HCR 194. Note: You may submit written testimony even if you cannot attend the hearing.

Your testimony need not be lengthy. Just say what the Natatorium means to you, discuss why you think preservation and restoration of this unique treasure is important, and add that you support the positions of the Friends of the Natatorium and the Historic Hawaii Foundation on HCR 194.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR TESTIMONY BY 4 P.M. TODAY, THURSDAY, MARCH 22! This is a chance for you to make a difference on the Natatorium issue. Mahalo and aloha!

Categories: Friends of the Natatorium, Statement, and Uncategorized.