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Don Ho’s Island Grill owner under state investigation

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JAMM AQUINO
2008 April 20 BSN - Don Ho's Island Grill, photographed Sunday, April 20, 2008 at the Aloha Tower Marketplace in Honolulu. The restaurant will undergo a name change by end of year because the agreement to use the Don Ho name will expire and has been chosen to not be renewed. Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Wage Standards Division confirms it is investigating the parent company of Don Ho’s Island Grill, following employee complaints of unpaid wages.

Employees filed complaints with the division and told the Star-Advertiser of multiple uncollectible paychecks. The operating partner of the parent company, PJJ Restaurant LLC, Mike Maielua, has four paychecks that bounced, for instance.

The department can’t comment on "an open investigation," said Administrator Pam Martin, but "employees (also) have the right to go to Small Claims Court and get a judgement and get the money on their own."

The department’s limited investigative staff means the investigation will "take awhile," Martin said.

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