On Tuesday, the State Department of Human Services (DHS) announced it had suspended the license of Kids Play Corner, Inc. They operate Busy Buddies Hawaii in Kailua Kona.
DHS says due to continuing non-compliance with the state’s regulatory requirements, they suspended the facility’s license Wednesday, July 3.
Officials say their license was first suspended in February 2013.
In March 2009, DHS was notified about Busy Buddies Hawaii when Child Welfare Services investigation confirmed that a staff member was threatening to abuse a child at the center.
Later, in May, DHS issued a notice to facility owners directing them to terminate employment of the staff member who was determined unsuitable to provide child care.
The staff member was specifically banned from the premises during child care hours and when children were present.
Following the February suspension, DHS Child Program Office and Busy Buddies Hawaii entered into a settlement agreement that prohibited the specific individual from stepping onto the property at any time.
Their license was suspended after DHS received a complaint that their agreement signed by Busy Buddies Hawaii in May had been violated.
Busy Buddies Hawaii had been provisionally licensed from June 6, 2013 until September 15, 2013 for 40 children.
On July 5, 2013, Mr. Hanano, the owner of Busy Buddies Hawaii hand-delivered a letter to the DHS North Kona office saying he was voluntarily returning his operating license and that effective immediately, Busy Buddies Hawaii would not operating as a Child Care Center.
The DHS suspension will remain in place until the Child Care Licensing Unit completes its investigation.
Parents may contact the North Kona Child Care Licensing Office at (808) 327-4755 if they have any questions.
For parents who need to make alternative child care arrangements, DHS recommends contacting PATCH Hawaii at (808) 322-3500 for a list of child care providers in the area.