Today’s ‘Timeline Tuesday’ takes us through the 1920s – dredging of the Ala Wai Canal, Hawaiian Pineapple buys Lāna‘i, billboards outlawed and Honolulu Hale is completed. We look at what was happening in Hawai‘i during this time period and what else was happening around the rest of the world.
Memorials are an important way of remembering. They are not just part of the past; they help shape attitudes in the present and thus act as a guide for the future. In November 1918, a suggestion was made that a monument should be raised by public subscription and be made a feature of the civic center in Honolulu. A bill passed with practical unanimity by the legislature for the acquisition, for park and other public purposes, of the Irwin Waikiki beach property using Territorial bonds.
It received the approval of the governor on April 29, 1919. The park would be named ‘Memorial Park.’ In the evening of August 24, 1927, the Natatorium, constituting the first unit of Hawaii’s war memorial, was formally opened. However, now, due to lack of maintenance and care, the Natatorium is effectively off limits and is in unsafe condition. The status quo will result in demolition by neglect.
In 1921, the Territorial Legislature authorized the construction of a memorial dedicated to the men and women of Hawai‘i who served in World War I, on the former Irwin property – it is known as the Waikīkī Natatorium War Memorial. The Natatorium was completed in the summer of 1927, the first “living” war memorial in […]
William G Irwin was born in England in 1843; he was the son of James and Mary Irwin. His father, a paymaster in the ordnance department of the British army, sailed with his family for California with a cargo of merchandise immediately after the discovery of gold in 1849. The family then came to Hawaiʻi. […]
Although the park was initially touted to create “a tract of land in the vicinity of Honolulu as a place of public resort,” where “agricultural and stock exhibitions, and healthful exercise, recreations and amusements” could occur, its literal purpose was far from it. On the dedication day in 1876, King Kalākaua and James Makee (Kapiʻolani […]