Westhawaiitoday.com describes how the state exported $124.3 million worth of merchandise to China in 2017 and $340.1 million worth of merchandise to Australia. But Hirasa said most of the exports to China consist of products brought to Hawaii from the U.S. mainland before being exported to China.
“The impact might be on the $9.4 million export of fruit and nuts which are likely produced in Hawaii,” Hirasa said. Unshelled macadamia nuts and fresh papayas are both among the state’s top 25 export commodities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Both products are also on a list that details which commodities are targeted for tariffs.