NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Disgusting.
That's how William Quinlan, Parks Committee member, describes the beach bathrooms on the North Shore of Oahu.
"The floors are badly, badly stained. They haven't been cleaned for probably 20 or 30 years. The walls are stained from graffiti. It's just ugly and the smell…it's terrible," Quinlan said.
On Tuesday, Quinlan, other Parks Committee members, and concerned citizens gathered at the North Shore Neighborhood Board meeting in Waialua. Quinlan said the bathrooms are atrocious and the city needs to do a better job in maintaining them.
"This is a toilet paper holder and there's no toilet paper," said Quinlan standing in the men's restroom at Haleiwa Beach Park.
"There's been no toilet paper here for at least three months to my knowledge," he said.
"I brought my own toilet paper because the bathrooms here usually don't have toilet paper," said Kahaluu resident Jahn-Peter Smith Preis.
The city's Department of Parks and Recreation Director Michele Nekota says she went to that same bathroom on Friday and she does not see what is wrong with them.
"No, I didn't see that," she said when asked.
Nekota says a roving crew of ten are responsible for keeping the North Shore bathrooms clean. She could not say how much money the city has for maintaining the bathrooms, but she says crew members clean the restrooms three times a day.
"They have to clock in and they have a lead groundskeeper," said Nekota.
Quinlan says they need to do a better job.
"Kids who grew up in Hawaii, they're used to this standard. But people like me who came from other places, we've seen Mexico and other places where the bathrooms are immaculately clean and Hawaii is the number one tourist destination in the whole world. Why can't we have clean bathrooms?"