Paalaa Kai Bakery in Waialua has agreed to pay $6,000 to the state Dept. of Health “with no admission as to any wrongdoing” after receiving a red placard that temporarily shut down its business last year.
An attorney representing the bakery stated in a letter Saturday to KHON2 News that the bakery “has reached an acceptable resolution to the Notice of Violation, Permit Suspension and Order (NVPSO) that was served on the bakery in October 2015 by the Department of Health.”
Paalaa Kai was initially shut down due to chronic temperature violations.
After being ordered to shut down on Oct. 6, two days later the Dept. of Health served the NVPSO for not only the temperature violations “but also violated Hawaii law by selling or distributing potentially adulterated food on October 7, 2015, the day after the DOH ordered the bakery closed.
“The fines associated with the cold holding temperature violation and the sale or distribution of potentially adulterated foods were $12,000 and $10,000, respectively.”
Paalaa Kai denied the allegations and requested a hearing, and on Jan. 6, the bakery agreed to pay $6,000 with the stipulation that the $10,000 penalty be withdrawn.
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, the department announced the bakery had passed its health inspection and its permit was reinstated. The bakery reopened the following day.