In 1927 a beautiful Natatorium dedicated to the honor of the 101 residents of the Hawaiian Territory who died in the Great War was opened. Below are some photos of the current condition of the swimming complex with some excerpts from an article originally published in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin of August 5, 1996.
Detail Entrance Archway
The Natatorium was built during a national craze for natural-water swimming
during the 1920s. . .[Today the facility is a worn out hulk. The residents of Hawaii approved $11.5 million several years ago for refurbishment, but local disagreements over health and commercial matters have stalled the project. ]
Main Entrance - February 2004
Main Entrance - Pre-Restoration
View of the Distant
Main Swimming Pool
Because the U.S. didn't enter the war until 1917, some of these citizens
enlisted with other Allied powers to get into the fight. Songwriter Alex
Anderson, for example, aviated with the British Royal Flying Corps, while
Lanikai resident Carl Dolan flew with the French Lafayette Escadrille. Of
the 101 names on the [commeration] plaque, 79 died serving with American forces, and the other 22 with Commonwealth troops.