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Most People Have No Idea This Incredible Slice Of History Is Hiding In Hawaii

Everyone has heard of, and most likely visited, the USS Arizona Memorial – the most famous of Hawaii’s war memorials commemorating the 1,102 sailors and marines who lost their lives during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

But what about the massive, Olympic-sized Beaux Arts swimming pool carved into the beautiful Pacific Ocean on the southern shores of Oahu? This is the Waikiki Natatorium, and though it is no longer open to the public, it is perhaps one of Hawaii’s most magnificent memorials to the United States Armed Forces.

Whether or not you support the preservation of this crumbling architectural marvel, it’s hard to deny that this piece of Hawaiian history is a thing of absolute wonder. If you do support the preservation of this beautiful structure, head to the Friends of the Natatorium website for more information on how you can help.

Want to learn more about Hawaii’s cool historic sites? Check out our article about 13 historic sites found throughout Hawaii.

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. Since moving to Hawaii from the mainland two years ago, she has become obsessed with hiking, beach trips, and Kona coffee.