Thanks to its mild climate all year round, Hawaii is an agricultural paradise that can support many different types of crops. In fact, farmland makes up about 40% of the land on the islands, and at the time of USDA’s 2017 Census of Agriculture, there were 7,328 farms in the state. Scroll through the slideshow to learn more about eight foods that grow in Hawaii.
Sugarcane has historically been one of Hawaii’s most valuable crops. In 1959, about one in 12 people in the Hawaiian workforce were employed by the sugarcane industry.
Nowadays, however, the industry that once shaped the state’s economy has all but disappeared. Due to the decline of tariff and quota protections for sugar in the decades following World War II, coupled with a boom in tourism, every last sugarcane mill in Hawaii eventually shut down. Although you can still see sugarcane swaying in the fields, most of the state’s crop now goes through processing and packaging in California.