Chinatown businesses to test public restroom project

Chu Lan Schubert-Kwock
Chu Lan Schubert-Kwock

By Ian Scheuring

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Chinatown Business and Community Association is helping to fund a 90 day pilot project that will assess whether or not a public restroom is needed in Chinatown.

Two public restrooms will open on the weekends between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the River of Life Mission to serve shoppers and local residents. There are currently no public restrooms available in Chinatown.

The Chinatown Business and Community Association also believes the public restrooms will aid the homeless.

"A lot of people have no place to go, so they go on the street," says Chu Lan Schubert-Kwock, President of the CBCA. "They go in the front of store, storefronts. And it's been a tremendous problem for many years. And there is no public toilet in Chinatown for the people and we've been asking for one."

In order to maintain the safety and cleanliness of the restrooms, the Association is planning to hire security and janitorial services during operating hours. The group hopes to collect enough data during the 90 day run to convince the city to have a permanent public restroom available there.

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