How many times have you purchased a product labeled Hawaiian and it’s not made in Hawaii?
As a consumer I like to find authentic products. When I search for Hawaiian products I want to find products that are actually made in the Hawaiian islands.
Made in Hawaii Defined
by the Hawaii Revised Statute Chapter 486-119
A product labeled “Made in Hawaii” must have at least 51% of it’s wholesale value added by manufacture, assembly, fabrication, or production within the state of Hawaii.
Businesses are responsible for using the “Made in Hawaii” label appropriately. To determine if a product qualifies for use of the “Made in Hawaii” label, a cost analysis must be performed using the following three components of wholesale value:
- Direct Material Cost – raw materials, distinguished by origin, imported or Hawaiian
- Direct Labor Cost – the cost of workers who add value through direct involvement in production in Hawaii
- Manufacturing Overhead Cost – indirect manufacturing costs incurred in Hawaii
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Where to find Made in Hawaii products
While Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture’s Quality Assurance Division tries to regulate use of the “Made in Hawaii” label, I have still found it difficult to identify businesses that are actually making products in Hawaii.
Find vendors that meet the Made in Hawaii law previously mentioned here:
- Made in Hawaii Festival
An annual event on Oahu, usually in August, featuring vendors from all the Hawaiian islands
- The Made in Maui County Festival
An annual event on Maui, usually in November, featuring Maui vendors
- Kauai Made
A website by the County of Kauai, Office of Economic Development featuring Kauai vendors
- Molokai Made in Hawaii
A website by The Molokai Chamber of Commerce featuring Molokai vendors.
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