The City of Honolulu is apparently moving ahead with plansto reinforce a portion of the sea wall around Queen's Surf and WaikikiAquarium. Relentless pounding of the ocean causes damage to the concrete whichhasn't seen major repairs since 1987, 30-years ago. Just down the block fromthis to-be-repaired site sits the long-neglected Waikiki Natatorium, which hasnow been ignored for over 40 years. The area in front of the Natatorium isstate property, whereas the area just down the road to be fixed is cityproperty.
The long-ignored World War I memorial needs fixing,replacing, renovating, refurbishing, eliminating- whatever verb works foryou. A January City Council resolutioncalled for the rehabilitation of the facility, after an environmental impactstatement. Yes, 40-years after calls were first heard to make a decision on thedeteriorating Waikiki façade, we are still looking at statements andassessments, followed indubitably by more discussions, committees, protests,and ultimately stasis- nothing, no action, more erosion, more dangerous re-barpopping through at an unusable and unsightly site meant to honor war veteransfrom 100-years ago.