New Years was another live wire holiday for us! We typically spend it quietly at home, but with the upcoming move looming over us we wanted to make extra special for the girls and knock another thing off our bucket list. New Years Eve we had an awesome time chillin' with my girlfriend's kids while they went to the movies. These two are some of my girls favorite buddies around. Amy, my oldest, tells me every night before bed how she is going to go to the park with the two the next day. It is going to be so hard on them when we leave, but that is why we make the most of the time we have left.
After our pool time fun the day before we thought we would keep the theme going and check out the Waikiki Aquarium! I will say this, it is not very big at all, especially compared to many other cities', but the girls LOVED it! They could not get enough of all the different "fishys"!
They especially loved checking out the seal and short aquarium before we meandered inside.
Inside they seemed a little overwhelmed by all the tanks. They couldn't hold still for more then a few seconds before they moved on to the next thing that moved!
After their attention was spent and the tour finished we went back outside, this time for snacks and a sit down. It was about this time that I got a really good look at the neighboring building. It was ovbiously older, but for the life of me I couldn't figure out what exactly what it was. That is until I found the title of the building, the Waikiki Natatorium WarMmemorial. My husband, being the avid researcher that he is, looked it up and we got to learn all about it as we walked around it. It a salt water swimming pool built in 1927 that was open to the public. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 the Army took it over and used it for swim training. In 1949, after the WWII had ended, the natatorium was refurbished and turned back over to the city. It slowly began to detioriate until they officially closed it in 1969. On August 11, 1980 it made it on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Oahu. It is such a beautiful structure with such an awesome purpose. It is so sad to see it in such disrepair, but such is life in Hawaii. I hope one day they restore it to its former glory, so that the public can enjoy it once again!