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“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.”


  • ***UPDATE 03/25/20*** Due to health concerns with the COVID-19 virus, operations at the Food Safety Branch may be reduced at least until April 30th, 2020.  Special Event Permits will NOT be issued until further notice, and only foodborne illness complaint inspections will be performed if warranted. 

In addition, all classes (Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Big Island) have been cancelled until further notice.  Classes will be re-scheduled at a later date.  ANSI-accredited online courses offered by other organizations are available here.  (Fees may apply)

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.  Mahalo for your interest and kokua in helping us end this pandemic sooner rather than later.

COVID-19 FAQs for Food Establishments

Click on “Food Safety Education” on the menu bar above for information and to view the schedule for your island of interest.

  • The spring season is upon us — give good tidings and cheer and not a case of a foodborne illness!  Click on the following link for some tips on serving safe food:

Safe Food Handling Tips for Holiday Get-Togethers

  • Amendments to Chapter 11-50 will be effective on September 2, 2017.  The amended rules will affect all food establishments statewide. 

DOH Press Release Amended CH 50

Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter 11-50

Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter 11-50 (searchable)

  • Inspection reports available ONLINE!  Consumers can see how Hawaii restaurants fare in food safety inspection.


  • OAHU office has moved!  

Oahu office is now located at:  99-945 Halawa Valley Street, Aiea, HI  96701 (same road entrance as Animal Quarantine)

Click here to see map link:  Map to Halawa Office

New Food Regulations for Restaurants and other Food Establishments: