Its white sand beach and crystal blue water make it a popular attraction for both visitors and locals, but Kailua Beach Park has an eyesore that’s hard to ignore, namely the restroom pavilion.
KHON2 News brought this up with the city a year ago, and nothing much has improved.
Most people aren’t too picky when they have to use a public restroom, so it’s pretty disturbing when people make it a point not to go.
“I only go in there if I absolutely have to, and I come here almost every day,” said beachgoer Riana Calise. “It would be nice if it was more sanitary and accessible for me.”
The pavilion’s interior walls are covered with graffiti. Outside, pigeons are nesting near the rooftop, and the walls are damaged and breaking apart.
“It looks like it’s been through a war,” said beachgoer Keiko Hassler. “It looks like Baghdad. I can’t believe that (there’s) this beautiful beach right here, and Barack Obama stays up the street, and here, it’s like a war zone.”
Compared to our last report over a year ago, it looks like some of the damage has been repaired, but still it’s not enough.
Councilman Ikaika Anderson said that the City Council has put in a million dollars in the budget to tear down and rebuild the whole pavilion. As of now, it’s in the planning and design phase, and Anderson said that both he and Mayor Kirk Caldwell consider the project a priority.
But Anderson couldn’t say how long it would take before construction can begin. He said the project can only move as fast as the state procurement process allows, which requires the city to allow the time to put the project out to bid.
“I know that they’re going to do everything they can to speed this up,” he said, “but at the end of the day, they must abide by the procurement code, which does add time to the process.”