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Red placard issued to restaurant in Lahaina, Maui

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DOH approves reopening of China Bowl Asian Cuisine Restaurant in Lahaina

Update: May 27, 2022

The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch issued China Bowl Asian Cuisine Restaurant a green placard and approved its reopening after a follow up inspection found that all the critical food safety violations were corrected.

China Bowl Asian Cuisine Restaurant located at 2580 Kekaa Dr., #116 had received the red placard on May 17 and was immediately closed due to a cockroach and rodent infestation. A follow up inspection was conducted on May 19 but evidence of an active population of rodents was still present. A second follow up inspection on May 25 found that all critical violations were corrected. 


The restaurant will send DOH monthly pest control service reports and was advised to routinely clean areas of food debris and grease build up.

Red placard issued to restaurant in Lahaina, Maui

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The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch issued a red placard and shut down China Bowl Asian Cuisine Restaurant, located at 2580 Kekaa Dr, #116, Lahaina on Maui.


The DOH reports that the food establishment, operated by Tay Asian Cuisine, Inc., received the red placard on May 17 and must remain closed until DOH conducts a follow up inspection and all violations are resolved.

During a routine inspection conducted on May 17, the DOH inspector noted the following alleged violations:

  • Rodent droppings throughout the downstairs and kitchen areas;
  • Dead rodents and roaches in the downstairs storage area and refrigerated prep chiller;
  • Missing ceiling tiles and a gap on the bottom of exterior door, allowing entry of pests into the kitchen;
  • Food debris and grease accumulation throughout the kitchen and downstairs storage area;
  • Improper storage of potentially hazardous foods in refrigerators; and
  • Blockage of the two handwash sinks.

DOH is requiring the restaurant to take the following corrective actions before it is allowed to reopen:

  • Work with a professional pest control contractor to develop a rodent and cockroach monitoring and treatment plan to eradicate the current pest infestation;
  • Clean the kitchen and downstairs storage areas of food debris, harborage, and grease and fill any remaining holes or gaps.

A follow-up inspection by the Food Safety and Vector Control Branches is scheduled for today.

To view restaurant inspection reports, go to


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