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.