Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium, a National Treasure, Now Digitally Preserved by

Teachers from Oahu’s Mid-Pacific Institute Participate in the 3D Scanning Process

by Makenna Murray
April 24, 2015
Oakland /Washington /Honolulu (April 23, 2015) - The Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium — built to honor the 10,000 Hawaii citizens who served in the First World War — has now been digitally scanned by Oakland-based nonprofit CyArk in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Joining this process were teachers from the Mid-Pacific Institute, an innovative K-12 school on Oahu whose unique and advanced curricular offerings draw from the arts, humanities and technology.
“We are excited to partner with CyArk to bring this technology to the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium. There is no comparable structure that exists in the United States and we appreciate the opportunity to capture it digitally,” said Brian Turner, senior field officer and attorney for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We plan to make the scans publically available to bring the Natatorium, a remarkable and threatened site, to life for all who want to experience this important place no matter where they are in the world.”

The Natatorium, designated by the National Trust as a National Treasure in 2014, is a one-of-a-kind historic resource. Designed by nationally-known architect Lewis Hobart and virtually unaltered in appearance since 1927, the Natatorium includes an ocean-fed pool twice the size of an Olympic swimming pool. CyArk and Mid-Pacific have used laser scanning, digital modeling and other state-of-the-art technologies to document the Natatorium above the water line. The process, known as Digital Preservation, is used for cultural resource management, condition assessment, conservation, restoration, reconstruction, structural analysis, interpretation, education, and cultural tourism.
“CyArk is proud to join with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the important job of preserving this unique Monument inspired by Hawaii’s history. I am thrilled that this National Treasure will inaugurate our partnership with the National Trust, and we look forward to future collaborative projects,” said Elizabeth Lee, Vice President of CyArk.
The resulting data will contribute to ongoing research, conservation, and interpretation of the site. The data will also be eligible for nomination to the CyArk 500 Challenge, an international initiative to digitally preserve 500 at-risk cultural heritage sites over the course of five years.

In addition to making the digital imaging of the Natatorium available to the public, the National Trust will use the 3D representations to inform preservation planning for the site.

Sample Images of the 3D Waikiki Natatorium scan can be viewed and downloaded below.

Natatorium Scan- Intensity Coloration
Natatorium Scan- RGB Coloration
Natatorium Scan- Transition Image

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. PreservationNation.org. National Treasures are a portfolio of highly-significant historic places throughout the country where the National Trust makes a long-term commitment to find a preservation solution. As the presenting partner of the National Treasures program, American Express has pledged $6 million to help promote and enable the preservation of these cultural and historic places. For more information, visit www.savingplaces.org.

CyArk was founded in 2003 to ensure heritage sites are available to future generations, while making them uniquely accessible today. CyArk operates internationally as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission of using new technologies to create a free, 3D online library of the world's cultural heritage sites before they are lost to natural disasters, destroyed by human aggression or ravaged by the passage of time. http://www.cyark.org

Mid-Pacific Institute is a coeducational, college-prep Preschool – 12th grade school in Honolulu, HI. Mid-Pacific is home to 1,570 students and was the first school in Hawaii to offer a pre-professional School of the Arts, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, and a one-to-one iPad program for students. Mid-Pacific is currently the only PK – 12 school in the world using 3D LiDAR technology for the preservation of historic treasures. http://www.midpac.edu/