State trade fact sheets - Hawaii
- 27 Canadian-owned businesses employ 854 workers in Hawaii
- Canada is the #1 customer for most states
- Over 76% of U.S. imports from Canada are goods that are used in the production of other goods
- Canada’s Ledcor Construction employs 124 Hawaiians
A Sweet Deal
In 2018, a combined venture of California-based Pomona Farming LLC and Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board purchased 41,000 acres of what was once sugar land on the island of Maui for a whopping $262 million from premier real estate company Alexander & Baldwin. The land, formerly occupied by the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. plantation, will be used to cultivate a broad range of food crops, including coffee, fruits and vegetables for both local consumption and export. This purchase by the venture, called Mahi Pono LLC, represents a significant investment in the Hawaiian economy as well as a meaningful partnership between Canadian and Californian interests. Not only that, but Mahi Pono has expressed a commitment to sustainable agriculture with a long-term goal of enabling Maui’s residents to be self-sufficient in producing high quality agricultural products for future generations.
Canada and the U.S.: There for Each Other
In 2020, Canada and the U.S. again worked together as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold across the world. Canada and the U.S. preserved supply chains across the border, deeming trucking essential. Canada and the U.S. traded important inputs for the production of personal protective equipment and medical equipment, maintaining a thriving bilateral trade in finished goods. Soon after the outbreak, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research began awarding grants to joint research projects proposed by Canadian and U.S. institutions to try and find an end to the virus.
No matter our shared challenges and as we have done in times of crisis, Canada and the U.S. will continue to support one another as friends, partners and allies.
Investing in Hawaii
There are nearly 30 Canadian-owned companies operating in the state of Hawaii. These companies account for over 850 jobs throughout the state and contribute $47 million in salaries. These Canadian companies and their employees are major contributors to Hawaii’s economy.
Furthermore, the state’s two congressional districts each exported goods and services of nearly $200 million to Canada in 2019 (latest year available). The Canada–Hawaii trade and investment relationship supports jobs and contributes to economic prosperity.
Hawaii exports $16 million in goods to Canada annually
Hawaii exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 58%
- Equipment & machinery: 19%
- Transportation: 11%
- Other: 12%
Hawaii imports $123 million in goods from Canada annually
Hawaii imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 4%
- Chemicals: 4%
- Energy: 27%
- Equipment & machinery: 11%
- Forest products: 7%
- Minerals & metals: 6%
- Transportation: 19%
- Other: 22%
Top Hawaii goods exports to Canada
- Fruits & nuts: $4 million
- Live animals: $2 million
- Aircraft & parts: $2 million
- Engines & turbines: $1 million
- Oil seeds: $1 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $752,223
- Coffee, tea, & spices: $697,754
- Works of art, collectibles & antiques: $554,681
- Fish & crustaceans: $525,668
- Vegetables: $522,880
Top Hawaii goods imports from Canada
- Fuel oil: $33 million
- Aircraft & parts: $21 million
- Furniture & bedding: $7 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $6 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $3 million
- Fish & crustaceans: $3 million
- Paper & paperboard: $2 million
- Inorganic chemicals: $2 million
- Flour & grains for milling: $2 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $2 million
Hawaii exports $370 million in services to Canada annually
Top Hawaii services exports to Canada
- Travel Services: $223 million
- Transportation Services: $97 million
- Business & Professional Services: $21 million
- Royalties: $14 million
- Financial Services: $4 million
For more information on Hawaiiâ€™s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in San Francisco.
- Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2020 data in U.S. dollars.
- U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canadaâ€™s export ranking (2/2021 release).
- The Trade Partnership: 2019 services exports (estimated, 2/2021 release).
- Dun + Bradstreet: Canadian-owned businesses (3/2021 release).
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: median annual Hawaii wage ($54,930, 3/2020 release).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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