Deadline Looms for Waikiki Natatorium Draft EIS

Dec 13, 2018


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Christmas is coming up fast, but even faster is a deadline to submit your two cents about the future of the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial.

The deadline for the long awaited Draft Enviromental Impact Statement is December 24th, Christmas Eve.

The latest twist is that the preferred option is a modified deck design-- not tearing down the structure to make way for a “memorial” beach and rebuilding a new arch inland that has been the Mayor’s personal preference.

This draft EIS puts the modified design as cheaper than just demolishing it. Opponents question the inclusion of costs to build an ocean safety building as part of the beach option. The City had proposed it once before but then pulled back after pushback from a park watchdog group and park users.

Catherine Cruz sat down with Robert Kroning, Director of the City’s Design and Construction Department. He says if there is a historic cultural or safety issue that you believe the report overlooks... send in your testimony.

Draft EIS: