The War Memorial Natatorium contains a swimming complex that is situated along the oceanfront in Kapiolani Park and is surrounded by expansive lawns, coconut and banyan trees, and other vegetation. The property contains a 100-meter saltwater swimming pool, a set of concrete bleachers that rises thirteen levels high, a main entryway that includes an elaborate sculpture and triumphal arch entablature supported by Ionic pilasters and flanked by two lesser round arches, a set of locker rooms, and a volleyball and basketball court. The memorial is dedicated to the those from Hawaii who served in World War I. The War Memorial Natatorium is significant as a major social and recreational local landmark and for its association with the history of competitive swimming. It is also a good example of the Beaux-Arts style of architectural design.
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