Despite the differing views: one thing all the groups agreed upon was not to commercialize the historic site. That's something many worry could happen if Governor Abercrombie's plans are put in place. The governor has said he wants to turn the aging structure into a sand volleyball venue.
Many residents also attended last night's forum. Daisy Murai, who remembers swimming at the Natatorium said the closed off structure is an emotional piece of Hawaii's history. She hopes, no matter what happens to Natatorium, it is a transparent process with the community's best interests at heart.
"A lot of the public input should be put in because it's really for the public," said Murai. "I know the Natatorium is really important for Hawaii."
The AIA says city and state officials were invited to the meeting but declined. The architecture group hopes to present these ideas to the state in hopes of moving forward with the Natatorium's future.