Q. My family and I are traveling to Maui next week. We had planned on packing some specialty foods and snacks, but I had heard that Hawaii has strict rules about what can and cannot be brought in from outside. What exactly is off-limits?

A. As long as you're bringing processed items from the US, you should be fine. Fruits, veggies, and plant items are where you'll find most of the restrictions. For example, no outsider pineapples or coconuts or anything that could potentially damage the local varieties. You can take a look at the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's complete list of prohibited items here.

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