A glance through the $137,000 in gifts Hawaii lawmakers received over the past year shows a lot of local items — malasadas, kadomatsu plants and lei haku, to name a few.
But no surprise, the gifts were predominantly food items. One lawmaker called them “gifts of aloha.” They show what a big role food plays in Hawaii politics.
And who hasn’t brought a box of manapua or Big Island shortbread cookies to the office? No wonder legislators get them as gifts, too.
Here’s a sampling of some of the food gifts legislators accepted. (While not required, many lawmakers listed gifts valued at below the $200 threshold for disclosure.)
Dim Sum, Sushi
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