Hawaii has some of the highest milk prices in the nation, but now a local dairy wants permission to sell milk for less than what state law requires.
Big Island Dairy is asking the state to amend rules that would allow farms to sell milk to processors for less than regulated prices.
Officials say they are seeing a rebound in local milk production and the company wants to be more competitive with milk imported from the mainland.
In May the average price for a gallon of whole milk in Hawaii was nearly $7.
Two hearings will be held on the proposal in July; one in Kamuela and one in Honolulu.