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Reciprocal Preference Law
Hawaii (HI)

Reciprocal Law

Reciprocal law applies to bidders from states which apply preferences.

Preference shall be equal to the preference the out-of-state bidder would receive in own state or shall be in the amount the out-of-state preference exceeds comparable Hawaii preference.  
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Class I -10%
Class II -15%

Act 175 SLH 2009

Products mined, excavated, produced, manufactured, raised, or grown in the state, and  require that over fifty percent Hawaii input counted towards the total cost of the product. 
*Agricultural, aquacultural (aqua-farming), horticultural, silvicultural (forestry), floricultural (flower farming), or livestock product that is raised, grown, or harvested in the state.  


In-State contractor's preference for recycled products based on recycled content as a percentage to total weight.


Software development businesses principally located in-state, with 80% of labor for software development performed by persons domiciled in Hawaii.

"Software Development Business" includes any work related to feasibility studies, systems analysis, programming, testing, or implementation of an electronic data processing system."


Effective July 1, 1994, printing, binding, and stationary work.

Applies to all out-of -state bidders if their price is lower than Hawaii bidder's price.


Tax Preference.

Preference to ensure fair competition for bidders paying the Hawaii general excise and applicable use tax.


Preference for Qualified Community Rehabilitation Programs (QRF's).