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Hawaii coffee wins greater protection from Legislature after epic struggle

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State lawmakers passed a bill that says roasted, instant and ready-to-drink coffee sold with packaging using Hawaii place names must contain at least 51% of coffee grown in a region of Hawaii. Hualalai 100% Kona coffee, left, sells for $17.99 for 4 ounces. Aloha Aina’s Signature Blend, a 10% Kona coffee blend, sells for $9.49 for 7 ounces.
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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

State lawmakers passed a bill that says roasted, instant and ready-to-drink coffee sold with packaging using Hawaii place names must contain at least 51% of coffee grown in a region of Hawaii. Hualalai 100% Kona coffee, left, sells for $17.99 for 4 ounces. Aloha Aina’s Signature Blend, a 10% Kona coffee blend, sells for $9.49 for 7 ounces.