Waikōloa restaurant ordered to shut down after state inspection reveals rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions

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The Hawai‘i Department of Health Food Safety Branch issued a red “Closed” placard and immediately shut down Ocean Club at Haliʻi Kai on April 19 due to an active rodent infestation, contaminated food products and unsanitary conditions within the facility.

Ocean Club at Haliʻi Kai. Photo courtesy: Castle Resorts & Hotels Inc.

The establishment, located at 69-1029 Nawahine Place in Waikōloa, is operated by Castle Resorts & Hotels.

During an inspection conducted in response to a public complaint received on April 18, the health department inspector noted the following:

  • Contaminated food products.
  • Equipment food-contact surfaces and utensils are not clean to sight and touch.
  • Rodent feces on food preparation surfaces and plates.
  • Perimeter walls and roofs of a food establishment does not effectively protect the establishment from the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.
  • Premises are not maintained free of insects, rodents, and other pests.
  • Physical facilities are not maintained and cleaned.

DOH is requiring the food establishment to take the following corrective actions:

  • Discard all contaminated food products and gnawed food storage containers.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect all food and non-food contact surfaces.
  • Seal any cracks, crevices, and holes to prevent vector entry into facility.
  • Increase professional pest control operator treatments 2-3 times per week until rodent issue has been abated.
  • Facility to undergo a deep cleaning and disinfection.
  • Remove unnecessary equipment and supplies to prevent harborage sites.

A follow-up inspection is scheduled Tuesday to re-assess the establishment’s progress.

For more information on the Hawai‘i Department of Health Food Safety Branch placarding program go to Food Safety Branch here.


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