Sunday, August 16, 2015

At The Natatorium

A  L  O  H  A !

In 1921
 Hawaii’s Territorial Legislature
appropriated $250,000. 
for the  construction of
 " A Living Memorial"











  It was built to honor 101 who died, 
 the 10,000 others from Hawaii, 
who served in World War I.














It was a living memorial
 because through this arch was* 
a 100 X 40 meter saltwater
 swimming pool!

Opening day, Aug. 24, 1927, was 
a major event for Honolulu.

Favorite son, Duke Kahanamoku,
 [Olympic Gold Medalist & 
godfather of modern surfing] 
made the first ceremonial 
swim before a capacity crowd
 of over 7,000 excited people.

It was also Duke's Birthday!









Kapiolani Park
named for a queen
is a popular place!


*The pool is a sorry mess 
of broken cement.
"Repair it!" says one faction.

"It's environmentally passe`
let's restore the beach,
and make a beach volleyball
venue before the bleachers!"
Say others.

Everybody wanted the 
Arch restored, 
and so it was.










 If this little angel could talk!

More about the
Natatorium


Have A Lovely Week!
          Fondly, cloudia
THANKS


14 comments:

Teresa said...

Thanks for sharing this interesting story!

Karen S. said...

Wonderful remembrance. It's true when people come together anything is possible!

Cloudia said...

Hi, Ladies! Thanks

Elephant's Child said...

A living memorial sounds a wonderful idea. Love that arch. And oh, the stories that angel could share...

Charles Gramlich said...

There's a War Memorial Stadium in Arkansas, where the Razorbacks play.

RedPat said...

I'm glad they restored the arch but not sure about the pool!

Andrés Sánchez Soto said...

After a section of the blog, my multiple occupations, return again made impressive tour of your blog time, I have been fascinated again with the fine publications that you give us.

Thank you for sharing them and Haloha! from Gran Canaria - Canary Islands (Spain).


See you soon....

Big Sky Heidi said...

The arch is magnificent!

DeniseinVA said...

I am happy this beautiful memorial was restored.

Carol Z said...

Fascinating! Your pictures are great. I've been dreaming of a visit to Hawaii and I so enjoyed seeing this.

GreenComotion said...

Yes, if only the Angel(s) could talk and they do. Just keep asking, SVP.
Have a Great Week!!
Peace :)

Indrani said...

This is fantastic. Great quotes and pics.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Now I know. I've passed it by a few times but didn't heed it since I was more intent on swimming in the ocean. That's pretty cool, creating a living memorial.

William Kendall said...

That's the first time I've heard of a war memorial like this.