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Sheraton Kona Fined for Operating Without Permit

A Notice of Violation and Order against Kona Surf Partners LLC (dba Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay) was issued by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health for operating their “Da Dog House” food establishment without a valid DOH permit. A penalty fine of $20,000 was issued.

The company has 20 days to request a hearing to contest the notice.

On Jan. 12, 2018, a DOH health inspector observed the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa selling prepared food at their “Da Dog House” food establishment. At the time, “Da Dog House” did not possess a valid food establishment permit issued by the DOH as required by state law.

In addition, the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay posted a copy of their Convention Center food establishment permit at the “Da Dog House” site. It was determined the establishment had been operating illegally since Dec. 24, 2017.

“One of the most serious violations of the food safety code is operating without a valid permit,” said Peter Oshiro, environmental health program manager. “The permit process initiates the regular review and inspection of a food establishment to ensure compliance with basic health and safety requirements that provide standard protection against food illness.”

“In this case, the facility in question was operating without the requisite infrastructure needed to safely serve food which includes basic plumbing to allow employees to wash their hands,” Oshiro added. “The permit and inspection process ensures this and other basic food safety measures are in place.”

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is located at 78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona.

For more information on the department’s food safety program, click here.

Halaus Pay Tribute to King David Kalakaua

E Mau Ana Ka Hula-A Tribute to King David Kalakaua Hula Festival is November 16-17 at Keauhou Shopping Center. The “merry” Hawaiian monarch (1836-1891) loved music and the arts and advocated for the dancing of hula, contrary to the wishes of Protestant missionaries.

The sixth annual event opens Friday with hula workshops from 1-8:30 p.m., presented by Kumu La‘akea Arista, Kumu Noelani Ka‘aina (Chang) and Kumu ’Iwalani Kalima. Classes are in the Dance Center next to Kona Stories; registration is at the door. For details contact administrator@nawaiiwiola.org.

Enjoy free Hawaiian performing arts by 16 different halau 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in the Center Courtyard, along with arts, crafts and food booths. Serving as emcee, KAPA Radio’s Kumu Ka‘ea Alapa‘i will explain each halau’s style of dance. Kindly refrain from bringing outside coolers and food.

A Tribute of King David Kalakaua is sponsored by Kamehameha Investment Corporation, Keauhou Kahalu‘u Educational Group, Keauhou Shopping Center, Waimea Music Center, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay and Na Wai Iwi Ola Foundation. For info, visit, www.emauanakahula.org.