HONOLULU (KHON2) — Lahaina Fish Company is temporarily closed after the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) gave them a red placard on July 26 due to a cockroach infestation. The restaurant must remain closed until DOH does a follow-up inspection and all violations are fixed.

A follow-up inspection is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 1.

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During a routine inspection on July 22, the DOH inspector saw roaches in the kitchen storage space and downstairs bar areas. The establishment was cited for the following:

  • Presence of pests, food debris and grease accumulation
  • Improper cold-holding temperatures
  • Improper protection of food from cross contamination

Since Lahaina Fish Company had completed professional pest control treatments, DOH issued a yellow “Conditional Pass” placard after their inspector advised them to complete more treatments and to clean the areas that provide food and shelter for pests.

However, during a follow-up inspection on July 26, the DOH inspector found significant roach activity, food debris and grease buildup after doing a thorough examination of the cookline. Due to the amount of roach activity, the restaurant was closed to the public and a red placard was posted.

DOH is requiring Lahaina Fish Company to take the following corrective actions before their next follow-up:

  • Increase the frequency of pest control treatments and continue monitoring juvenile/adult populations in order to eradicate the roach infestation
  • Send pest control invoices and a pest treatment plan to the district inspector
  • Deep clean all areas to remove food debris and grease build up

DOH said the previous critical violations for cold holding and cross contamination have been corrected.

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KHON2 reached out to Lahaina Fish Company but did not receive a response at the time of this publication.

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