9. ITALIAN FOUNTAIN
During World War II, 5,000 Italian prisoners of war in Hawaii, under the guidelines of the Geneva Conventions, participated in non-military labor projects. Some of the more artistic prisoners of war who arrived in Honolulu in 1944 and left in 1945 constructed this fountain located near Palm Circle. During their internment on Oahu, the POWs lived in a fenced-in compound at Sand Island. One of the prisoners of war, Alfredo Giusti of Pietrasanta, Italy, inscribed his name and address on the north side of the fountain.
The fountain base is hexagonal and the central two-tiered bowls are supported by winged lions of St. Mark. The area around the fountain and an adjacent circular paved area are landscaped and have benches in the same Italianate style as the fountain.
The fountain may look a little familiar to those who saw “Pearl Harbor”—the fountain, along with Palm Circle, appeared in the movie a few times.
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