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Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai passes reinspection

KAILUA-KONA — Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai restaurant was reinspected Friday by the state Department of Health and received a green “pass” placard.

The Keauhou Shopping Center restaurant was fined $13,000 Thursday for intentionally replacing a posted yellow “conditional pass” placard with a previous pass placard and noncompliance with food safety requirements during routine and follow-up inspections since the start of the new year.

DOH spokeswoman Anna Koethe confirmed Friday that inspectors found the restaurant in compliance with food safety requirements during a reinspection that day.

“After today’s follow-up inspection conducted by DOH, there were no critical outstanding violations observed and a green placard was posted at Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai restaurant,” she said. “All critical violations observed in previous inspections had been addressed.

“The remaining issue is an ongoing response to a rodent intrusion, which is a non-critical violation. Regardless, the restaurant is currently working with a licensed pest control operator to address the issue.”

Jeff Daley, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai director of operations, said the business appreciates its relationship with the DOH and worked very hard to correct the violations. The company said Thursday it would pay the fine and not request a hearing to contest it.

“We are happy to move forward with the green card pass,” he said. “Our ultimate goal is to make sure we have the safest environment for our guests. And everyone here on team Sam Choy’s is in agreement and worked hard to get that done.”

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