KE’E BEACH — The good news is that the end looms for the odorous portable
toilets at Ke’e Beach.
The bad news is that it won’t be soon
Construction could start as early as this month on improvements to
the Ha’ena State Park sewage system, which will spell the end of the need for
But not for awhile. Work on the project is expected to
continue through late fall, meaning another busy spring, summer and early fall
for the portable toilets.
The notice to proceed on the $85,000 project is
expected to be issued to successful bidder Shioi Construction, Inc. either this
month or next, said Norman Shiroma, chief of the development branch of the
Division of State Parks in the Department of Land and Natural
The work is expected to be completed by October or November, and
will include filling in the existing cesspools, constructing a new septic tank,
then building a leach field or absorption trench disposal system, said
The sewage would flow first into the septic tank, where the solids
The liquids would flow into the trench, also known as a leach
field, he said.
The septic tank will be pumped periodically to remove any
solids that don’t decompose.
The restroom facilities (bathrooms and
showers) that presently exist weren’t working properly, so the state had to
design a new system, and the portable toilets were installed for public
convenience, Shiroma said.
Once the new sewage system is installed, the
existing, permanent restroom facilities will be reopened, and the portable
toilets will be removed.
“So, hopefully, this would take care of the sewage
problem that we have in that area,” Shiroma said.
Ha’ena State Park, which
includes Ke’e Beach and the parking lot at the end of Kuhio Highway where the
Kalalau Trail starts, is among the most popular stops for visitors on the