Prevention Working Group


Preventing the introduction of invasive species is the most effective way to protect Hawaii from the impacts of invasive species.  Building knowledge, capacity, and tools to prevent species from entering Hawaii or moving intrastate is a high priority. 

 Prevention Working Group Chair: Jonathan Ho, Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA), Acting Plant Quarantine Branch Manager

Next Meeting: TBD, Q2, 2017, HDOA Plant Quarantine Branch conference room, 1849 Auiki Street, Honolulu, HI

Prevention WG Meeting Agenda (draft)

HISC FY18 Funding Priorities Worksheet per the Resources WG (TBD at Resources WG meeting on 3/23/17)

Recent Articles & Reports:

The Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) has released its update to the 2002 report Filling the Gaps in the Fight Against Invasive Species. The new report, titled Can’t See the Forest for the (Albizia) Trees: An Invasive Species Update, is located at the link below:

2015 Hawaii LRB Invasive Species Update

Goals, Strategies and Evaluation Measures as outlined in the HISC 2015 – 2020 Strategic Plan:

Goal 1: Introduction of invasive species into Hawaii and their movement intrastate is prevented.

 Prevention is the most cost effective management strategy for invasive species. It requires that all agencies and organizations have clear mandates and are able to work together quickly and effectively. Prevention must be supported sustainably so that on going efforts and resources are maintained when emergency responses arise.


  • Coordinate and promote the state’s position on federal issues pertaining to invasive species prevention, in particular interstate and international movement of pests.
  • Identify roles, responsibilities, and authorities by all agencies involved in inspections.
  • Serve as a forum to identify and prioritize statutory changes or rule amendments needed relating to authorities and inspections.
  • Increase interagency cooperation and support to implement prioritized changes needed.
  • Increase interagency cooperation to share data and information between state and federal agencies.
  • Lead tabletop exercises to identify gaps and breakdowns in the process and address them.

 Goal 2: Risk assessments are developed and utilized for all priority taxa.

Risk assessments are a critical tool in prioritizing prevention and response activities. Having these tools in place provides consistent methodologies across agencies, reliable pathway and impact analysis, and data for meaningful prioritization of management activities.


  • Provide a forum to review need and prioritize risk assessment development.
  • Provide a forum to review existing tools for adaptation to Hawaii’s needs.
  • Identify and support agencies to host assessment functions based on kuleana for taxa.

 Evaluation Measure for Prevention Strategies:

  • Rate of pest detections at ports of entry.
  • Number of species and pathways assessed for risk.
  • Qualitative data from agency and organizational staff on increased cohesion, collaboration, and effectiveness.

Past Meetings

March 21, 2017 – Agenda & Notes

December 8, 2016 – Agenda & Notes

May 19, 2016 – Agenda & Minutes 

January 11, 2016 – Agenda | Minutes

October 29, 2015 – Agenda | Minutes

August 20, 2015 – Agenda | Minutes

July 16, 2012 – Agenda | Minutes

July 14, 2011 – Agenda | Minutes

August 19, 2010 – Agenda |Minutes

August 4, 2008 – Agenda |Minutes

March 19, 2008 – Agenda | Minutes

April, 27, 2007 – Agenda

August 2, 2005 – Agenda | Minutes

Sept. 15, 2004 – Agenda | Minutes

August 6, 2004 – Agenda | Minutes