STAND. COM. REP. NO. 863

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 562

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, to which
was referred H.B. No. 562 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to expand the range of labeling
language that persons marketing products containing only Hawaiian
macadamia nuts may use, by allowing marketers, as an alternative
to "100% Hawaii-Grown Macadamia Nuts," the option of labeling
their products "Hawaii-Grown Macadamia Nuts," "100% Hawaiian
Macadamia Nuts," or "Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts."

     The Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Macadamia Nut
Association, Hawaii Food Industry Association, and Mauna Loa
Macadamia Nut Corporation submitted testimony supporting this
bill, that would give Hawaii's macadamia nut industry some
flexibility in the establishment of a regional brand, for the
purpose of emphasizing the high quality of Hawaii's macadamia
nuts, and distinguishing them from macadamia nuts grown elsewhere
in the world.

     Your Committee finds that this bill will assist Hawaii's
macadamia nut industry to establish itself as the high standard
for macadamia nuts against which all other macadamia nuts grown
elsewhere in the world must be measured.

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     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce that is attached to
this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and
purpose of H.B. No. 562 and recommends that it pass Third

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Consumer
                                   Protection and Commerce,

                                   RON MENOR, Chair