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The tables below offer information about Hawai`i agriculture from the general agricultural groups to the more specific commodities or products. The ranking assigned to a given commodity is based on the commodity's cash receipts; how much money it made.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004

As you can see from the table below, Hawai`i ranks 43rd among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 549,830 100.0% 43
Livestock and products 92,751 16.9% 47
Crops 457,079 83.1% 38
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Hawai`i's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

This table lists Hawai`i's top commodities in each of Hawai`i's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.

Hawai`i's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Cattle and calves 4.0% Greenhouse/nursery 17.2%
Dairy products 3.7% Pineapples 14.5%
Chicken eggs 1.9% Cane for sugar 11.9%
Hogs 0.8% Macadamia nuts 7.3%
Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) 0.4% Coffee 4.1%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

From the crops group, greenhouse and nursery commodities are the most valuable to the State of Hawai`i. Pineapples and sugar cane are very important as well. Macadamia nuts and coffee round out the top five crops.

The most important livestock commodities are cattle and calves and dairy products. Ranking third are eggs, followed by hogs and broilers.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Hawai`i.

Hawai`i's most valuable products fall into the crops category where over 80% of the state's agricultural revenue is generated.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Greenhouse/nursery 94,525 17.2%
2. Pineapples 79,934 14.5%
3. Cane for sugar 65,429 11.9%
4. Macadamia nuts 40,115 7.3%
5. Coffee 22,365 4.1%
6. Cattle and calves 22,125 4.0%
7. Dairy products 20,175 3.7%
8. Papayas 12,361 2.2%
9. Chicken eggs 10,665 1.9%
10. Bananas 8,085 1.5%
11. Ginger root 5,400 1.0%
12. Hogs 4,463 0.8%
13. Taro 2,808 0.5%
14. Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) 1,943 0.4%
15. Guavas 1,166 0.2%
16. Honey 1,083 0.2%
17. Avocados 466 0.1%
18. Farm chickens 105 Less than 0.1%
Mushrooms *    
Wool *    
* Commodities at the bottom of the above ranked list of commodities and having no accompanying data would have appeared within the ranked list of leading commodities, but were excluded to avoid disclosure of confidential information about individual producers.
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Mushrooms and wool are among the top 20 commodities produced in Hawai`i but, because specific data are not available, it is not known how they rank among the others.

The 2004 table above contains information about Hawai`i agricultural production provided by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.

The first column of the table lists the product (commodity).

The second column of the table lists a number representing the dollar value of the product. This number is not the dollar value of the product. This number represents the dollar value of the product in thousands of dollars. For example, the number listed for the value of greenhouse and nursery products are 94,525. This number represents a dollar value of $94,525,000 (94,525 x 1,000): ninety-four million, five hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Hawai`i. For example, greenhouse and nursery products produced in Hawai`i account for 17.2% of the state's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of greenhouse and nursery products amount to a little over 1/6 of Hawai`i's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

Because of Hawai`i's unique environment, many crops are produced on the islands that are not produced in any other state.

  • Ranks first in production of bananas (100% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of coffee (100% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of ginger root (100% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of guavas (100% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of macadamia nuts (100% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of papayas (100% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of pineapples (100% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of taro (100% of U.S. production).

Hawai`i farms and farmland - 2004

Because of different rounding methods (e.g., farm acres given by the National Argriculture Statistics Service), percentage of farmland per state should be considered a rough estimate.

Hawai`i farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
5,500 1,298,000 32% 236
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service


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