It's a shame that the state cannot get its act together
when it comes to restaurant inspections.
Most first-class cities have a grading system and a placard
system so those dining have a good idea of whether the restaurant has passed
When Hawaii News Now first reported on the lack of
inspections in 2010, we found that the state had only 10 inspectors for 5,800
restaurants on Oahu. Inspectors could only get inside a restaurant once every
two and a half years.
Two years later, the state finally came up with a Hawaii-wide
inspection system that introduced color-schemed placards.
A green card means that one major violation has been
corrected or there were no violations at all. A yellow card would indicate two
violations that have yet to be fixed. A red card means that the food permit was
revoked and the establishment was shut down.
But when we visited the issue a couple of weeks ago, we
found the placard system still has not been put into place and hasn't even
moved into the public comment phase.
The good news is that now we have 17 inspectors and will
have probably 25 by year's end.
The bad news is that inspection reports still are not on
line. That project is still a year away, and public hearings probably won't
start until fall.
It's time to get moving on this important issue and make
sure that when you want to eat out, you can feel good about where you're