Health Department Closes Kahului Restaurant for “Imminent Health Danger” –

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The Hawaii Department of Health has temporarily closed Pizza in Paradise in Kahului, Maui, calling the conditions “imminent health hazard.”


The food outlet, operated by Pacific Restaurant Management, LLC, received a red sign on Thursday, May 20 and is to remain closed until all violations are resolved and the Department of Health approves the resumption of operations after a follow-up inspection.

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Customer waste. PC: Hawaii Department of Health.

Maui Now attempted to call Pacific Restaurant Management and Pizza in Paradise, but phone calls went unanswered on Monday.

During a routine inspection last week, the health department noted the severity of the violations and immediately issued a red sign to the restaurant. According to the DOH, the inspection report noted that the facility “has a long history of disorder and other violations.”

Maggots and pupae. PC: Hawaii Department of Health.

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During the last routine inspection, multiple risk factors for foodborne illness were observed, according to the DOH. The ministry described the following presumed conditions:

  • A large pot of old food on the kitchen floor contained live and moving maggots;
  • Cockroaches have been observed in several areas of the kitchen, indicating a healthy breeding population;
  • The plates of food left in the old dining room were not thrown away and they are covered with small flies of unknown type, possibly fruit flies;
  • The facility is completely stocked with items such as boxes and old equipment;
  • The hand sink, counters and food prep areas used to store food did not appear to have been cleaned in a long time;
  • Vegetables that appear rotten on the exterior surfaces have been stored with other vegetables and it is not known whether they were thrown away or used in food preparation;
  • Raw beef, pork and poultry are fully packaged in the two-door refrigerator and not arranged in a way that prevents cross-contamination;
  • Food is not refrigerated and stored at appropriate temperatures; and
  • Many items such as open cans and bottled products are on the counters with mold growth.
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Among the measures that the health service asks the restaurant to take before the reopening, we can mention:

  • All insects should be completely brought under control by a professional pest control service provider;
  • All plates and food scraps thrown by the customer must be properly thrown away; and
  • All items contributing to the debris piles in the restaurant should be removed to avoid an unhealthy food environment.
PC: Hawaii Department of Health.
PC: Hawaii Department of Health.
PC: Hawaii Department of Health.

Pizza in Paradise is located at 60 Wākea Avenue, Suite 101, in Kahului, Maui.



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