First public bathroom opens in Chinatown

CHINATOWN (HawaiiNewsNow) - Chinatown merchants are using a unique approach to help clean up their community.

This is the first day of a 90-day pilot project involving two public restrooms that will now be open on weekends.

The bathrooms are at the River of Life Mission, and are available to anyone, including the homeless.

Right now, there are no public restrooms in the area.

So the Chinatown Business and Community Association is funding the project.

"Some of the streets smell like urine and stuff and they're trying to clean it up, open up places where they can use the bathroom instead of doing it on the street", said Michael Marchant of the River of Life Mission.

The association is paying for a security guard and a janitor.

The restrooms will be open between 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The goal is to persuade the city that the bathrooms should stay open for good.