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    The Economics of Cacao Production in Kona
    (University of Hawaii, 2009-09) Fleming, Kent ; Smith, Virginia Easton ; Bittenbender, H.C. 'Skip'
    This study uses an interactive spreadsheet model to estimate the economic costs and returns for producing cacao in Kona, Hawaii, using price and production data typical for a 1-acre, mature cacao orchard. The primary purpose of the analysis is to enable Hawaii's cacao growers and processors to determine a price for wet cacao beans that will be fair to both, allowing both enterprises to be profitable in the long run. The document provides a link to a downloadable Excel spreadsheet.
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    The Economics of Revitalizing Hawaiian Fishpond Production
    (University of Hawaii, 1995-02) Fleming, Kent ; Graydon, Keala ; Monahan, William
    Fishpond construction in Hawaii started about 1,000 years ago and reached its zenith in the early 19th-century. The ravages of great waves and storms combined with the decline of the native population left most of the ancient ponds unused by the end of the 19th-century. Today, however, there is an opportunity to revitalize these ponds and perhaps to make them productive, profitable, and culturally rewarding once again. Fishpond production has the potential to be the largest component of Hawaiian aquaculture. An economic model of fishpond production is developed. Fishpond aquaculture is shown to be profitable in some circumstances.
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    The Economics of Commercial Wetland Taro Production in Hawaii
    (University of Hawaii, 1994-04) Fleming, Kent
    Taro is an important staple throughout the world, but taro, and especially wetland taro, is a particularly important crop in Hawaii because of the long historical tradition of growing taro in Hawaii and because of the deep Hawaiian cultural associations with the plant. The demand for taro in Hawaii exceeds the domestic supply, and there appears to be growth potential for the industry. However, the economics of this crop are as complicated as those of any other agribusiness enterprise. An economic model of wetland taro production for poi processing is developed in order to estimate typical and specific economic profitability. An analysis of the break-even price and yield and an analysis of the value of and return to various productive resources helps one to interpret the cost of production results. No attempt is made to quantify other positive attributes of wetland taro production, such as the crop's significant cultural and historical importance.
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    The Economics of Commercial Banana Production in Hawaii
    (University of Hawaii, 1994-05) Fleming, Kent
    Commercial banana production in Hawaii is primarily organized to supply the Cavendish-type banana, and all banana imports are of the Cavendish-type. The Hawaii banana industry currently supplies about one-half of the Hawaii market, but Hawaii could become self-sufficient with relatively little expansion if banana production were profitable. An economic model of Hawaii banana production is developed from which one can derive estimates of typical and specific economic profitability and consider various production, marketing, and policy scenarios. An analysis of the break-even price and yield and an analysis of the return to productive resources, help one interpret the cost of production results.
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    Factors Affecting Development of a Tea Industry in Hawaii
    (University of Hawaii, 2004-08) Shehata, Sabry ; Cox, Linda J. ; Fujii, Jack K. ; Dickson, Carol Anne
    This publication provides a brief summary of the production and consumption of tea worldwide. It focuses in particular on the U.S. mainland and Hawaii markets so as to provide a relevant market overview. Results of a survey of Hawaii consumers are presented to identify the characteristics of one of the market segments that could be targeted by a high-value tea product. We also summarize implications of the information presented and suggest specific steps needed to assess the economic feasibility of commercial tea production in Hawaii.