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Centipede found in 'Keoki's' laulau

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Dariess Ah Sui is a big fan of Keoki's laulau. "Ono lau lau's. We always buy it at Costo, SakNSave for a quick dinner.  It's a company that we trust".

One can imagine her horror when she and her sister discovered a centipede in a laulau they were cooking for dinner Tuesday night.

"She was pan frying it, moving all the meat around with the ti leaves. So of course that just makes your stomach turn".

The owner and CEO of Keoki's, Mike Irish, was also appalled.

"I'm just as shocked.  We want the people to know the food that we have and the food that we handle is safe".

Dariess wanted to confront the company and its owner about the centipede, so she brought it in the pan to the company's production facility in Iwilei.  That's where she got another surprise.

"We weren't prepared to take a tour and see it from beginning to end, and we realized, it's a lot of work" she said.

Instead of brushing them off, Irish welcomed them in and gave them a tour of the facility.  He wanted to demonstrate that the facility is properly run, and that he values them as customers.

"If there was a problem, if there was something, we want to know about it so that we can correct those actions and make sure that doesn't happen again" he said.

Dariess' sister did file a complaint with the sanitation department.  Its protocol is to review each complaint individually, and inspect a facility if it is deemed necessary.

Hawaii News Now contacted the Department of Health Wednesday, and nothing had been decided.

Irish said his company would be compliant with anything, noting: "If we did not handle her properly, if we did not answer her questions, then basically we are not worthy of her business.  If we're not worthy of her business, we're not worthy of her family'sbusiness, or her friends".

That straight talk struck a chord with Ah Sui, as she said afterwards "I feel like I will buy from them again".

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