Vis­i­tors face filthy air­port bath­rooms

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

Re­cently I re­turned from a trip to Ja­pan and Korea. As we ex­ited the im­mi­gra­tion lines, tourists from all around the world headed to the bag­gage claim in the for­eign ar­rivals area. Like many of us, the first visit is the re­strooms. Auwe! Three uri­nals were bro­ken and the only one in use was filthy with pa­per and over­flow urine; the stalls were filthy and smelly. Imag­ine this first im­pres­sion to vis­i­tors from around the world.

Com­pare this to Ja­panese re­strooms, which are un­be­liev­able clean and odor-free. Ev­ery public re­stroom, ho­tel, res­tau­rant, park and tourist at­trac­tion we vis­ited in Ja­pan had su­per-clean floors, toi­lets and no smelly odors.

Can Hawaii’s public and other re­strooms be as clean as Ja­pan, with a pop­u­la­tion of 127 mil­lion? Vis­i­tors from all over the world come to Hawaii, the Par­adise of the Pa­cific. What are their first im­pres­sions of Hawaii: filthy bath­rooms or golden sun­sets?

Gary Tokuda Aiea

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