I bought 10lb of rice at a local grocery store in Phoenix, Arizona and wish to take it to Honolulu, Hawaii. The rice is well packed and sealed. It's a variety of rice I get in my home country and is not available in Honolulu (that I know of). Can I fly with it into HNL(Honolulu)?

Thanks in advance.

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Rice does not appear to be a controlled item.

In general, foods that are cooked, canned, frozen or commercially processed and/or packaged are allowed to be transported to Hawaii, as long as the product is arriving from within the U.S.

I would be surprised if there are types of rice unavailable in Honolulu, but since you have bought already bought a large package…

  • Indeed, Hawai'i is one of the destinations of choice for Japanese citizens.
    – CGCampbell
    Jun 21, 2019 at 17:27
  • Asian rice should be easy to find in Hawaii. I thought it might be Italian risotto rice, which can be tricky to find. Jun 21, 2019 at 18:04
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    Risotto rice should be fine too. I think most if not all Whole Foods carry it.
    – xuq01
    Jun 21, 2019 at 19:50

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