04/06/2015 01:35 pm ET Updated Apr 06, 2015

How Much Does Shipping Increase Hawaii's Cost Of Living?

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

From high in the sky, the building blocks of modern Hawaii resemble colorful children’s toys.

Closer up, those blocks — shipping containers stacked several floors high on docks at the edge of Honolulu — still look like toys, but for giants.

Hawaii is a giant consumer of the goods that arrive inside those large metal containers on mammoth ships from the West Coast.

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