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