• 2017 Sept. 2 Photo from Department of Parks and Recrreation, CC of Honolulu Pūpūkea Beach Park comfort station reopened following renovations Pūpūkea – The comfort station at Pūpūkea Beach Park near Shark’s Cove is now open following a renovation project which made numerous improvements to the structure. Those improvements included: the demolition and reconstruction of the old wooden roof, replacing the structure’s electrical system, adding new security gates and doors, installing skylights, and repainting. An elastomeric roof coating was also applied to the improved roof, which will help protect the renovations from weathering. Damage from termites, wood rot, and an aging electrical system made these improvements a priority. The restroom facility was closed to the public on February 21, 2017 to begin the project. Portable toilets and the outdoor shower near the facility were available while construction was conducted. The $391,227 contract for the project was completed by MEI Corporation.

Hui Aloha, an advocacy group for the homeless, said 54 of 60 park restrooms remained closed Wednesday despite the city saying all would be reopened amid widespread shutdown of Oahu facilities in order to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell had called for all the park restrooms to be reopened, saying it was posing a problem for bus drivers, FedEx drivers and others, including the homeless, since many restaurants and other places with restrooms are now closed.

Calls to the city Department of Parks and Recreation today have not yet been answered.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had issued guidelines to municipalities that restrooms should remain open, clean and stocked with hygiene supplies to allow the homeless to have access. However, the city’s homelessness czar, Marc Alexander, had said bathrooms would close and the city was looking at using hygiene trailers and portable latrines.

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