H.R. NO.













strongly urging the department of land and natural resources and the city of honolulu to honor act 15 of the 1921 territorial legislature by preserving the waikiki war memorial natatorium in its original location on the waikiki shore.




     WHEREAS, the Twenty-Fifth Legislature finds that in upholding the legislation passed by our forefathers, this body perpetuates the integrity of the Hawaii State Legislature and further ensures that the laws passed today are protected and upheld by those elected to precede this Legislature; and


WHEREAS, in 1921, the Territorial Legislature of Hawaii passed Act 15 which approved the construction of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium, a “Living Memorial” to honor the 102 servicemen from Hawaii who were killed during World War I; and


WHEREAS, completed in 1927, the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium located in close proximity to Diamond Head, across from Kapiolani Park, and situated between San Souci Beach and the Waikiki Aquarium; and


     WHEREAS, designed by famed architect Louis P. Hobart, the façade features a Beaux-Arts style ornamental arched entryway featuring four stone eagles measuring over twenty feet tall; and


WHEREAS, the actual Memorial is a 100 by 40-meter tide fed saltwater pool where Buster Crabbe and Johnny Weismuller trained for the 1928 Olympics and has also been host to world-renowned national and international swim competitions, featuring figures such as Duke Kahanamoku, Bill Smith, Ford Konno, coach Soichi Sakamoto and more; and


WHEREAS, although the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium has deteriorated since its initial construction, in 2001, over four million dollars of repairs were completed on the site including a façade restoration and the renovation of the bleachers and public restrooms; and


WHEREAS, the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium is listed on both the National and Hawaii Registers of Historic Places, is not only an architectural anchor for the Waikiki District, but the repository of Hawaii's swimming, ocean sports and Olympic history; and


WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of this State to preserve Hawaii's uniqueness and cultural identity for the benefit of all its residents as well as its visitors; and


WHEREAS, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has proven that Cultural Heritage Tourists are overall more affluent, stay longer and spend more while contributing to global understanding through cultural exchange and commerce; and


WHEREAS, cultural and heritage visitors spend, on average, $623 per trip compared to $457 for all U.S. travelers, excluding the cost of transportation; and


WHEREAS, heritage tourism and more broadly, historic preservation and the efforts of the Heritage Caucus not only benefits the State socially but economically as well; now, therefore,


BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-Fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2009, that the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the City and County of Honolulu honor Act 15 of the 1921 Territorial Legislature by preserving the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium in its original location on the Waikiki shore; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, and the Honolulu City Council.










Report Title: 

Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium