Renovated Poipu restroom reopens

POIPU — The comfort station at the west end of the Poipu Beach Park is open following several months of renovations.

The only evidence of the row of blue portable toilets is the overgrown grass marking the boundaries where the temporary facilities were located.

A blessing celebrating the completion of the improvements to the Poipu Beach Park comfort station was held last week.

“Poipu Beach Park is a popular destination for residents and visitors alike, and is a top priority for our Department of Parks and Recreation,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.

A special coating that was applied to the concrete masonry unit walls will flex with temperature changes and prevent saltwater from penetrating, thereby reducing corrosion, Carvalho said. Additionally, stainless steel fixtures were installed, including toilets, sinks, and urinals. The flooring’s stain resistant sealant will also add to the facility’s durability.

One of the features that will reduce energy costs for the county is the solar tubing built into the roof. The exterior lighting is energy efficient and compliant with the endangered seabirds. A new roof, new tile flooring, newly-painted benches in the changing rooms, new interior light fixtures, and repairs to the exterior concrete walls complete the work.

Plans are underway for enhancements to the park’s eastern comfort station, as well as the pavilions, with construction expected to start in November.

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