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.