Hawai‘i is committed to doubling local food production for local consumption. To track progress on this statewide goal, it is important to understand what food is being produced in Hawai‘i, what is imported, and what is exported. Unfortunately, the "Statistics of Hawai‘i Agriculture” that included export and import data, compiled by the Hawai‘i Agricultural Statistics Service in cooperation with the National Agricultural Statistics Service, has not been published since 2009. Until Hawai‘i starts tracking import data for the state again, a proxy for dairy will be tracked on this dashboard.
There are currently only three dairy farms operating in the state of Hawai‘i. In the 1980s, more than 20 dairy farms operated in Hawai‘i and most of the milk consumed was produced locally. Between 1999 and 2008, many of Hawai‘i’s dairies shut down, largely due to local dairy farms facing high productions costs, making it difficult to compete with low prices of imported California milk.
Currently two certified goat dairies operate in Hawai‘i, including Hawai‘i Island Goat Dairy and Surfing Goat Dairy. Both produce various types of goat cheese that is sold at local markets and are marketed as a unique tourist attraction in Hawai‘i.
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