The Hawaii Department of Agriculture works to support, enhance, and promote Hawaii's agriculture and aquaculture industries.
Hawaii's transition from mono-crop plantations, such as pineapple and sugarcane, to diversified agriculture, including nursery products, seed crops and other vegetable and fruit crops, is important to the state's economy, environment and lifestyle. Agriculture not only feeds the state, but it also keeps the unique working landscape green - a feature appreciated by residents, as well as the millions of visitors to the islands.
Hawaii's agricultural products are valued around the world for superior quality and the sharing of Aloha spirit. Hawaii is also a recognized world leader in aquaculture, producing the finest seafood products for Hawaii consumers and export markets.
In addition, the department protects the state’s agricultural interests with inspection for invasive species of incoming plant material and animals, safeguarding animal and plant health, supporting farmers with affordable land and water, providing financial assistance to farmers and assuring quality of produce.