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Haleiwa Beach House allowed to reopen with reduced seating capacity


    The Haleiwa Beach House restaurant reopened after it was issued a cease and desist order by the City over inadequate sewage facilities and was ordered shut down immediately.

The Haleiwa Beach House restaurant reopened today after its owner agreed to serve fewer patrons to meet state requirements for wastewater system capacity.

The restaurant, formerly known as Jameson’s by the Sea, is owned by longtime Hawaii developer D.G. “Andy” Anderson, who was recently cited by the state Department of Health for expanding the restaurant’s seating capacity to 388 from 114 without enlarging its wastewater system.

State officials said they ordered Haleiwa Beach House to close last week after confirming that sewage was spilling from its wastewater system into a neighboring property near a fishpond frequently visited by children.

Anderson, a former state lawmaker who tried three times to become Hawaii’s governor, reopened the restaurant in March as Haleiwa Beach House despite warnings from the city not to because renovation work was done without building permits. A Health Department follow-up investigation found the restaurant was polluting nearby Loko Ea stream and fishpond, officials said.

After inspecting the restaurant and the wastewater system again, the department reinstated the food service permit allowing Anderson to reopen today with the seating capacity approved in 2012: 83 dining seats and 31 bar chairs.

No fines are being issued at this time, said Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo.

“The department has determined that the restaurant can safely reopen for business and continue operating with reduced seating that meets their current wastewater system capacity,” Stuart Yamada, the department’s environmental management division chief, said in a press release. “The department will continue to follow-up with the restaurant to ensure it complies with the order and maintains public health standards.”

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    • Stuffed envelopes of love and free meals to everyone at Dept of Health. No credibility for anyone of their government workers.

      Admitting there is sewage spilling out and no fine is issued. Really? Talk about the DoH being a lapdog, toothless government agency.

      As I’ve always said. Just another day in the little 8th world of Hawaii Nei.

  • These people who flaunt their complete disregard for the rules, as though they apply to everyone else but not them, they enrage me. All the workers, beach goers, tourists, everyone in this community I come from, whose welfare Anderson completely disregarded because of his own greed is simply appalling. Where did this entitled mentality come from? Stupid libs.

  • As long as capacity is 114 what difference does it make whether it is a bar seat or a dining seat? I always dine at the bar, so a seat is a seat. They are all the same.

  • What happened to the “renovation work was done without building permits”? The State DOH is different from the City DPP who issues building permits for the renovation work. Did the City DPP just fade into the shadows?

  • Not defending him at all, but many of the same people outraged at this have illegal dwelling units (second kitchen) and other unpermitted construction on their property. I hear over and over about how inspectors don’t care about the second kitchen. Or its okay as long as you remove the stove day of inspection.

    • Waldo, you really hit the nail on the head. While the unregulated vacation rentals go unchecked on the north shore, thousands of gallons of sewage leak into our streams and ocean. It’s laughable that the neighbor hood board member Blake (Can’t remember last name) from previous article turns a blind eye to the multitude of infractions that home owners are blatantly advertising on websites of short term rentals. It’s simply a matter of easy target and picking the lowest fruit from the tree. The North Shore Neighborhood board is useless and I believe Waldo that everyone turns the other way if they know the perpetrator to be their friend…

  • How does Andy Anderson get away with renovating without permits and receiving no fines? The City and County and the State governments in Hawaii are so corrupt. One party rule probably has a lot to do with it. Graft has to be a factor. Anderson was supposed to provide a beach park at Velzyland on the North Shore as part of his Colony housing development. Surprise, years have gone by and no park! But, you or I try to build a home without permits, especially anything to do with septic systems, and the Dept. of Health would shut us down and hit us with fines. What a double standard. I would love to know how the City is going to police the Beachhouse customer count. You can be sure if the City does anything, it will require at least four county workers to do the math. Our tax dollars efficiently at work! The waste makes me so angry and nothing is going to change. So all we can do is bitch on forums like this out of frustration.

  • We certainly dodged a bullet three times by not electing this self-entitled example of the “ainokea” mentality to the state’s highest office. Can you imagine putting an egotist like him — someone who doesn’t give a rip about the law, but considers himself above it — into Washington Place? What a disaster. He’s a walking disaster anyway. Move someplace else, Andy.

  • This is very unfair! How come he gets special treatment! He flaunts the law and he still is rewarded by special deals. The law is the law, no special deals! This is sick!

  • You’re on to something snicker, watch it. those north shore airbnb rentals are raking in money for the north shore drug gang that blake is one of the kids of from the sixties generation. they set up shop as surfers on the n shore in the sixties and made a living selling pot so they could surf all day. they made so much illegal money they had to launder it, which they did with real estate, surfing and entertainment. the real estate is now paying off big time. they oppose anything that intrudes into what they consider their territory using their control of the NSNB. It’s a fact, not a conspiracy. They also hide behind “connservation”. They are criminals but in Hawaii, that is normal.

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