February 12th, 2007
Most of our readers know that Hawaii started enforcing its direct wine shipment permit law on January 1, 2007 and moved into the “blue” category on the state-by-state direct shipping map. There are 4 counties in Hawaii and each county requires wineries to complete its own permit application and pay a fee. The annual permit fee for the counties of Hawaii, Kauai and Maui are $48. The annual permit fee for the County of Honolulu is $120.00. Now for the good news – The annual permit fee of $120.00 is prorated ($10.00 per month); for example, wineries applying for a permit in March 2007 will only pay $90.00. Thus far, the Honolulu County direct shipper’s permit is the only permit with a prorated fee.