LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kauai youth soccer teams say they don't have sanitary bathroom facilities for hundreds of players and families at the county's biggest soccer park in Lihue.
They say they are paying the price for a dispute between the county and its contracted Porta-Potty company.
"From the morning, there is just no toilet paper and it's just filled with maggots coming out. It's also inoperable," said soccer coach Taryn Dizon.
Dizon says she's been complaining to the county about the repulsive restrooms at soccer fields near Vidinha Stadium for years, and that it breaks her heart when her players have to use them.
"Especially in the middle of the game or right when we're warming up, you know you have the pre-game jitters and you have to use the restroom right before? I also heard a lot of parents that go out in the bushes and they bring their kids of their bushes," Dizon said.
Lenny Rapozo, director of the Kauai Parks and Recreation Department, says they've been having problems with their vendor, Tyri, for more than a year, and he says the facilities across Kauai are in similar disrepair.
"It's never been this bad. We have expressed to the contractor that we're not going to pay the bill because they're not fulfilling their part of the contract," Rapozo said.
Rapozo says the county has awarded the contract to Tyri for at least 10 years, but says the company's service started to decline after a recent ownership change.
He says they had no choice but to give the last islandwide contract to Tyri, but says they are changing vendors at the end of the month.
"It's an annual contract, but Tyri is the only one that bid out for the contract. County personnel cannot clean those facilities because it's a contract. It's not ours to clean. All I can do is call these guys and demand for them to go and do it," Rapozo said.
Hawaii News Now tried to reach Tyri for comment, but those calls were not returned.
Rapozo says they have offered the bathrooms inside Vidinha stadium to the soccer teams, but the county and the teams disagree about who will keep people off the stadium field.
"They will once again try to open the stadium up for use, and they have to ask the parents to be responsible for their kids as well. Everybody has to help in making it work," Rapozo said.
"Why is (the responsibility) put on the league to use this county facility? Something has to happen now," Dizon said.
Another big hangup in the issue is that under the master plan, the soccer fields were never meant to be permanent so county officials say they are reluctant to invest in a new bathroom facility.