10 Free Market Solutions for Agriculture in Hawaii
Agriculture has been in decline throughout Hawaii, and the imminent closing of the last sugar plantation on Maui has put the future of farming and ranching in question. In order to save Hawaii agriculture, one must first understand the economic policy issues which have led to the decline of the industry since the 1980s. The reasons for the decline are closely related to the same economic factors that have hampered other industries throughout the state. This includes Hawaii’s high cost of living, transportation costs, taxation, regulation, and an environment of uncertainty which has discouraged investment.