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Hawaii Economy

The United States has become a service economy and many states, Hawaii included, generate most of their revenue through service industries. Spending by tourists contributes significantly.

Agriculture

In terms of revenue generated, Hawaii's top five agricultural products are greenhouse and nursery products, pineapples, cane for sugar, macadamia nuts, and coffee.

Livestock

Livestock products are beef cattle, dairy, eggs and hogs.

Crops

Sugar cane and pineapples are Hawaii's most valuable crops.

Hawaii also produces large quantities of flowers, much for export.

Coffee, macadamia nuts, avocados, bananas, guavas, papayas, tomatoes and other fruits are grown.

Vegetables raised for local use include beans, corn, lettuce, potatoes and taro.

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Manufacturing

Manufacturers add value to raw products by creating manufactured items. For example, cotton cloth becomes more valuable than a boll of cotton through manufacturing processes.

Food processing (refined sugar, canned pineapple) is Hawaii's leading manufacturing activity. Other processed food products are bread, candy, dairy products, juices and soft drinks.

Printed materials (mostly newspapers), refined petroleum, stone, clay, glass products and clothing contribute in the manufacturing sector.

Fishing

The most important commercial fish are swordfish and bigeye (tuna).

Services

About 90% of Hawaii's gross product is produced in service industries.

Community, business, and personal services (private health care, law, accounting, and engineering firms, hotels, restaurants, rental car agencies) make up Hawaii's leading service industry. Software development is also important.

Ranking second in the services sector are government services in support of Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine bases on Oahu. Also included is the operation of public schools.

Finance, insurance and real estate rank as Hawaii's third most important service area.

Sources

Lyndon Wester and Pauline N. King, "Hawaii," World Book Online Americas Edition, http://www.worldbookonline.com/wbol/wbPage/na/ar/co/248660, August 14, 2001.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: National Agricultural Statistics Service, "Hawaii State Agriculture Overview, 2004", 3 January 2006, <http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Ag_Overview/AgOverview_HI.pdf> (12 January 2006)

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