Nearly a century ago, 10,000 people from Hawai’i volunteered to serve in World War I, and on Sunday, they were honored at the 27th annual Memorial Day service at the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium.
The Natatorium is Hawai’i’s official WWI monument.
The Waikiki Natatorium was built as a memorial to Hawaii residents who volunteered to serve in World War I. Over the years, the facility which trained Duke Kahanamoku for the Olympics in the early 1920s has been allowed to slowly crumble for lack of maintenance. Hopefully, the ceremony held there over the weekend will help restore Hawaii’s official World War I monument to its once prominent place along the Waikiki shoreline. Aloha, Russ.