Waikiki's public restrooms have been a long course of complaints. The city is now responding with a nearly $1 million dollar makeover.
A city councilmember said one the most persistent complaints from residents and visitors of Waikiki are the conditions of the restrooms. People said the toilets are broken, the odor is horrible and many said they are just gross.
Resident Krystina Rojas said, "I think that the bathroom situation all around Waikiki beach I think it really needs to be cleaned up. A lot of the bathrooms either don't have toilet paper or there's not garbage cans."
"There's no shower, the bathroom is not kept clean, people are complaining, it's about time," said Torea Ang.
Part of the major makeover includes replacing some toilets, urinals, and sinks.
Honolulu City Councilmember Stanley Chang said, "The City Department of Parks and Recreation is going to be renovating several of the most heavily utilized bathrooms in Waikiki including here in Kapiolani park as well as on the beach."
The last renovation of this scale was ten years ago.
"Everyone knows that Waikiki is the engine of the state's economy, and because the bathrooms have been such an unsightly almost unusable in many cases problem for such a long time. I think it's long overdue that we are able to improve them," said Chang.
The city said bathrooms along Waikiki beach are cleaned every hour. But in our recent KITV debate the mayor Peter Carlisle admitted there is a problem.
"We can't watch every restroom with a police officer and we can't keep the people who are going there who are vagrants, who are moving in there, or homeless, and those create problems," said mayor Carlisle.