Yup, it always seems like we pay more for things because we choose to live in Hawaii.
Missionaries landing in Hawaii nearly 200 years ago faced the same sticker shock, according to accounts written at the time.
I found the chart that follows in a folder of notes my mother wrote out back in the mid-1960s from books, letters, and diaries in the library of the Hawaiian Historical Society, where she was working at the time. She was apparently tracking down first hand descriptions of what and how people ate during the period for her longtime friend and mentor, UH nutrition professor Carey D. Miller, who was keenly interested in foods of Hawaii.
The prices are from 1823. They were paying $3 a gallon for wine in Hawaii, while the same item “in America” cost just $1.20. Similar disparities appear on most items. Only oil was available in Hawaii at the same price as in America. Whale oil, perhaps?
I’m not sure what all the abbreviations of quantities mean. Perhaps others can help out here.
Anyway, have fun with the shopping list.