DOH Approves Reopening of Sumo Deli

June 3, 2022, 8:33 AM HST
* Updated June 3, 9:17 AM
Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio...

The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch issued Sumo Deli a green placard and approved its reopening after a follow up inspection found that all the critical food safety violations were corrected.

Sumo Deli, located 75-5595 Palani Road, AI, in Kailua-Kona, had received the red placard on May 26 and was immediately closed following a routine inspection conducted concurrently with a complaint.

The DOH inspector noted critical violations. Among them was the food establishment’s designated person-in-charge could not demonstrate knowledge of proper food handling, storage and safety.

A follow up inspection was conducted on June 1 and found all violations were resolved.

DOH’s Food Safety Branch protects and promotes the health of Hawai‘i residents and visitors through education of food industry workers and regulation of food establishments statewide. The branch conducts routine health inspections of food establishments where food products are prepared, manufactured, distributed, or sold.


The branch also investigates the sources of food borne illnesses and potential adulteration; and is charged with mitigating the effects of these incidents to prevent any future occurrences. The Department of Health’s food safety specialists strive to work with business owners, food service workers, and the food industry to ensure safe food preparation practices and sanitary conditions.


To view restaurant inspection reports, go to

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay in-the-know with daily or weekly
headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Mahalo for Subscribing


This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Big Island Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments