Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019


RE: H.B. No. 143

H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Agriculture, to which was referred H.B. No. 143 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose of this measure is to ensure truthful representation of a coffee product's geographic origin, which protects consumers from fraud and deception in coffee labeling and advertising, by:


(1) Expanding Hawaii's coffee labeling and advertising requirements to include ready-to-drink coffee beverages; and


(2) Requiring coffee roasters, manufacturers, and packagers to maintain records of the coffee used, in addition to the amount purchased and sold.


The Kona Coffee Farmers Association, Heartfelt Kona Coffee, Bea's Knees Farm, Monk's Delight Kona Coffee, Daily Fix Coffee, Kanalani Ohana Farms, Sugai Kona Coffee, LavaRock Farm, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, We Are One, Inc., and a number of concerned individuals supported this measure. A few concerned individuals opposed this measure. The Department of Agriculture (DOA) submitted comments on this measure.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1) Changing its effective date to July 31, 2150; and


(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for consistency, clarity, and style.


Your Committee notes the concerns of DOA relating to enforcing requirements with respect to ready-to-drink coffee beverages. Many ready-to-drink coffee beverages are manufactured and packaged outside of Hawaii where the State has no enforcement jurisdiction. Further, currently DOA does not have the resources to determine the content or origin of a coffee or its blend once it is roasted or manufactured as a ready-to-drink beverage.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Agriculture that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 143, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 143, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Agriculture,