• A vision of what the beach could be, based on engineering descriptions.
    The Memorial Beach Vision
    A vision of what Kaimana Beach could be...
  • An aerial view of the Natatorium as it exists today.
    The Crumbling Natatorium
    ...the Natatorium in 2004...
  • The Crumbling Natatorium
    ...the Natatorium in 2012. Image: Google Maps
  • A rendering of what the Memorial could be. Image from the City & County of Honolulu.
    The Memorial Beach Vision
    Image: City & County of Honolulu
  • A rendering of what the beach could be. Image from the City & County of Honolulu.
    The Memorial Beach Vision
    Image: City & County of Honolulu

EIS Status Update April 2015

The following is a letter from Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell regarding the status of the ongoing Natatorium Environmental Impact Statement.


Office of the Mayor
City and County of Honolulu

April 24, 2015

Mr. Rick Bernstein
Kaimana Beach Coalition

Dear Rick:

EIS Status Letter 4-24-2015Thank you for your letter dated March 2, 2015, regarding your concerns on the Natatorium Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). With the tight financial constraints we are operating under, we have had to carefully review all of our projects in our current 2015 Capital Improvement Projects. The Natatorium project is no exception. We regret that it has resulted in a delay in moving forward to fund several studies necessary to complete the draft EIS.

We are glad to announce that we are now ready to move forward to release the additional funds necessary for the studies required to complete the draft EIS.

Let me assure you that as we move forward with the project, your Organization will be updated at each step of the process. Our consultant, WCP, Inc., is preparing an update to all of the stakeholders.

Should you have any questions, please contact Robert J. Kroning, P.E., Director of the Department of Design and Construction, at 768-8480.

Sincerely,

Kirk Caldwell
Mayor



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Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial as it looks today. It has just been named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on the heels of demolition vs. preservation plans here | Photo courtesy Sandra Sagisi

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