The Kapiolani Park Preservation Society says it has tried to keep out of the fray over the fate of the natatorium.
But it is dead set against the city turning am adjacent grassy area into a place for more cars to park.
"I have not heard of anybody who likes that plan, I don’t know where it came from," said Alethea Rebman.
The city sees it as part of an overall plan to improve the park if it razes the natatorium and the restrooms.
It is considering removing this internal roadway and to add a new place to park.
"As far as the plans to take green park land for parking, we are opposed to that. There are strict rules about exiting parking and what it’s for and how much there should be has not been determined by the court, but adding parking is going to be problematic especially when it takes away green land like that,” Rebman added.
The Friends of the Natatorium has’nt taken a formal position on it, but it's president is real clear. He thinks it’s a bad idea.
"As a triathlete, we use that a place to do transition training that is something I would never lose to a parking lot," Radke said.
Beachgoers we checked with are split.
They would like more parking, but not at the expense of a place to hang out.
"To add more parking and take away land where we can sit and families can picnic, and to train, and have athletic events and things, I think that’s going to problem," said Radke.
The society also notes that internal road used to be a historic carriage way.
Rick Bernstein of the Save Kaimana Beach Coalition supports keeping the drive way but making it one way-- with a new way out.
The bigger question over what to do with the crumbling arch and pool has a new wrinkle, with the recent designation as a "treasure" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Historic Hawaii Foundation has also renewed the question over whether the city can legally demolish the war monument---signally what could be the start of another legal challenge.
A recent webpost by the Kaimana Beach Coalition may sum it up best:
“The name of the Waikiki War Memorial is more perfect than we have realized. Since it was built, there has been nothing but war surrounding its presence.”