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!

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Have A Lovely Week!
          Fondly, cloudia


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.