HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After years of debate, Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that parts of the Waikiki Natatorium will be torn down.
He accepted the recommendation of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium task force, to preserve the arches, and demolish the aging swimming pool and bleachers in order to create more beach space.
The Natatorium was built in 1927, to honor the 101 Hawaii residents who lost their lives in World War I.
By 1929, it began experiencing problems, and was closed to the public in 1979.
Mayor Hannemann says, despite giving the go-ahead, this next process would likely take many more years.
"We're talking about 8 years for this to be completed. There's still an EIS that needs to be done. Certainly funding needs to be identified to be able to go forward with the plans for the natatorium", said Mayor Hannemann.
Hannemann appointed the 17-member task force in May.