It's a question state and local leaders have been kicking around for years: What to do with the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium? Thursday night, the community weighed in on plans for the crumbling war memorial that's been closed for more than 30 years.
"This was a chance to get all the community groups in one room and talk vision," said Scott Wilson from the American Institute of Architects.
The AIA hosted the forum to bring together six groups and the public to share their views on what to do with the Natatorium. Ben Acohido a representative from the Veterans of Foreign Wars says he doesn't want the memorial to disappear and believes " it teaches the younger generations the sacrifices made their warriors and we should keep the facade."
One of the more vocal groups, the Friends of the Natatorium, agreed with the VFW. It wants the wants to preserve the 80-year-old pool and memorial.
However, many debated concerns about the cost.
"Probably won't be $100 million dollars, probably won't be $60 million. We could sit around and throw around numbers until someone does a study to show us how much it is going to be, can we actually have that discussion?" asked Mo Radke from Friends of the Natatorium.
However, the Kaimana Beach Coalition believes it would be less expensive to just turn the dilapidated pool into a public beach park.
"A beach park is a guaranteed thing to stay open and free to the public and that's why we support that." said James Bickerton from the coalition.
Representatives from the Surfrider Foundation agree with Kaimana's views about the beach park.
"To try to build something along the beach and recreate something that was having problems in the beginning would be very foolish," said Stuart Coleman from the Surfrider Foundation.