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State closes Anderson’s Haleiwa restaurant

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The state today ordered the Haleiwa Beach House restaurant to close because it opened without an approved wastewater system and without city building permits.

The state today ordered the Haleiwa Beach House restaurant to close because it could be spilling wastewater onto a neighboring property.

The restaurant, formerly known as Jameson’s by the Sea, is owned by D.G. “Andy” Anderson. Anderson recently expanded the restaurant’s seating capacity to 388 from 114 without enlarging a wastewater system.

“The Hawaii State Department of Health Wastewater Branch issued a Notice of Violation, Permit Suspension and Order to the Haleiwa Beach House Restaurant because its wastewater system is causing an imminent threat to public health by spilling wastewater onto a neighboring property used by children for educational purposes,” the state agency said in a news release.

The business may contest the notice at a hearing that will be scheduled within 24 hours of receipt of the notice, the state said.

“To protect public health and the environment and prevent the contamination of neighboring properties caused by the overloading of the restaurant’s wastewater system, the department is ordering the Haleiwa Beach House to cease operation,” said Stuart Yamada, Environmental Management Division administrator. “Unfortunately, the recent expansion of this restaurant was completed without the necessary state and county approvals and as a result, the wastewater system cannot adequately handle the expanded capacity of the restaurant.”

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  • Hey DOH, what about every beach front house on the North Shore with antiquated cesspools? That’s the real threat to public health. What a joke

    • The DOH made a good call.

      Guaranteed, if they were your kids hanging out and working next door, you’d be singing a different tune.

      • But can’t you see the unspoken and unwritten conspiracy? No matter what happens, there’s a conspiracy afoot. Always. In every article.

  • Finally the State is showing some teeth. Besides shutting down the restaurant, shouldn’t there be a fine for any previous incidents of polluting the pond and ocean water?

    • Nah, that’s already too big of a mess at this point for any enforcement of laws and regulation. It was hard enough for the regulators to try and overlook Andy’s blatant disregard for laws and permits in this situation. They couldn’t ignore the physical leaching of human waste into waterways.It no longer smelled like plumeria flowers in the air. We can expect “Paradise Lua” to show up tomorrow with a row of port-a-pottys. Problem solved!

  • Well Mr. Mayor keeps touting “infrastructure” and fixing our sewer systems. Here’s a great place to start. Sewer system for the North Shore, or the very least Haleiwa town so we can stop polluting honua.

    • agree and that is why I opposed the rail. We needed to fix the infrastructure on this island first. Now, the money has been committed to rail and we are stuck with a very antiquated infrastructure. Ironically, Mufi sold the rail to voters as a make-work project to put union construction workers back to work. But if we had opted infrastructure work more local workers would have been used.

  • The State and County should cite them for not having the proper approvals. Closing the restaurant for “could be spilling wastewater” and “causing an imminent threat to public health by spilling wastewater” is not defensible. The key words are “could” and “imminent”. If the State did some tests they could determine for a fact that there is wastewater spilling. Why doesn’t the State do this?

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