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7/9/14: The City & County of Honolulu will host a stakeholders scoping meeting for the Environmental Impact Statement for the Waikīkī War Memorial on July 21, 6:30 p.m. at Kaimukī High School.
5/13/14: The City & County of Honolulu has announced its intention to conduct an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for potential changes to the Waikīkī War Memorial Natatorium and adjacent areas. The study will evaluation at least three alternatives: no action; reconstruction and restoration of the Natatorium; and demolition of the war memorial with construction of a new beach and memorial arch. The description of the study and conceptual drawings of the alternatives to be evaluated are attached.
The City has engaged planning consultant WCP Inc. to conduct the evaluation of alternatives and prepare the EIS. They anticipate publishing the preparation notice for the EIS in summer 2014 and the making the subsequent Draft EIS available for public review in spring 2015.
To learn more about the history of the War Memorial and previous efforts to use, restore, demolish, and/or rehabilitate the Natatorium, see http://historichawaii.org/waikiki-war-memorial-natatorium-background/
Historic Hawai‘i Foundation’s position on the preferred alternative for the War Memorial is:
- HHF supports the stabilization, preservation and rehabilitation of the Waikīkī War Memorial Natatorium.
- HHF recommends that the immediate strengthening, repair and stabilization of the structure’s frame be completed per the plans that were halted in 2005, including the sea walls and deck.
- HHF recommends, in conjunction with resuming the work to stabilize the structure, that engineering, planning and permitting be undertaken for the redesign of the pool.
- HHF recommends that the City engage in dialogue with state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, business organizations and other stakeholders to craft a public-private partnership for the long-term rehabilitation, maintenance and operation of the facility.
Comments on specific issues or concerns you feel should be addressed in the EIS may be sent to: WCP Inc., 99-061 Koaha Way, Ste. 208, ‘Aiea, HI 96701.