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News and Updates:





The new Food Rule has been signed into law and is now effective, as of February 24, 2014.  Please click on the link below to view Chapter 50.

Food Safety Code – HAR Chapter 11-50

New Food Regulations for Restaurants and other Food Establishments:

Multi-Language Food Safety Reference Cards

Food Safety Reference Card (English)

Food Safety Reference Card (Chinese)

Food Safety Reference Card (Ilocano)

Food Safety Reference Card (Japanese)

Food Safety Reference Card (Korean)

Food Safety Reference Card (Spanish)

Food Safety Reference Card (Tagalog)

Food Safety Reference Card (Vietnamese)

Free 2-day Food Safety Certification Workshops on the island of Oahu are scheduled thru December 2015. Click on “Food Information” on the menu bar above for dates and information.

Due to downsizing, the Vector Control Branch is now a section of the Sanitation Branch. For information on insects, rodents, and other pests, please call (808) 586-8021. For insect identification, specimens can be dropped off at the Oahu office located at 591 Ala Moana Blvd.

For information on service animals in food establishments,click on the following Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA) websites.

ADA: Service Animals

ADA Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Public Accomodations and Commercial Facilities

Mission Statement:

“We protect and promote the health and well-being of Hawaii’s residents and visitors.We accomplish this with professionalism, integrity and fairness through education and regulation in the areas of food safety, disease prevention, community sanitation and emergency response.”

Program Function:

The Sanitation Branch is a Statewide program responsible for enforcement of the Hawaii Revised Statutes and departmental administrative rules. These responsibilities are divided into four (4) areas:

  1. Inspections and enforcement of regulations
  2. Issuance of permits and licenses
  3. Licensing of professionals
  4. Education

The branch conducts inspections of and issues permits or licenses to food establishments, milk plants, dairy farms, public swimming pools, tattoo establishments and mortuaries.

Inspectional services are also performed on regulated industries (barber shops, beauty salons and massage establishments), schools, medical facilities, care homes, and transient accommodations (hotels, hostels, etc.).

Review and approval of building plans in accordance with departmental administrative rules are conducted of newly constructed or renovated food establishments and public swimming pools. Preliminary liquor dispenser plans are also reviewed as part of the food establishment’s application for a liquor license.

The branch is also responsible for licensing embalming and tattoo professionals, which involves administering tests and issuing licenses.

Educational classes on food protection and safety are provided to the public, food industry and other agencies through the branch’s Food Handlers Education Program. Community outreach on proper hand washing is provided by sanitarians at various schools and community fairs.