Clash over labeling of Hawai‘i mac nut products results in split legislation

Craig T. Kojima / Star-Advertiser

House Bill 2278, which was passed by Hawai‘i lawmakers on May 1, 2024, set out to establish truth in labeling for Hawai‘i-grown macadamia products but some foods were excluded. Flavored, plain roasted and raw macadamia nuts, which are seen above, are covered under the bill while products like chocolate-covered mac nuts are not.

HONOLULU — One of the hardest issues the state Legislature took on this year was to bring truth in labeling to packages featuring one of Hawai‘i’s most renowned and high-value crops.