Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week 2014

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 in News

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HAWAII JOINS THE NATION IN RECOGNIZING INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK

2nd Annual Kickoff Event Begins with Governor’s Proclamation at the Capitol (March 3-9)

The State of Hawaii will participate in National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW).  Governor Abercrombie will kick off the 2nd annual Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week (HISAW) with a proclamation on March 3rd at 9:00 a.m. in the Capitol Auditorium.

Governor Abercrombie has made invasive species an administration priority by supporting his cabinet to work across departments as members of the HISC and endorsing 2014 legislative initiatives proposing up to $5 million to meet operating costs of Invasive Species Programs.  “Protection of our environment from invasive species must be a top priority. We are experiencing a biological crisis and deadly threat to our isolated ecosystem, our natural resources and our economy. A multitude of invaders – such as the little fire ant that can blind animals and destroy nesting birds and hatchlings, the coconut rhinoceros beetle, and parasites attacking coffee crops – graphically illustrate the seriousness of the issue,” Abercrombie said in this year’s State of the State address.

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC), the interagency board created by the legislature to provide cabinet-level direction on invasive species issues, is coordinating a series of events and activities in recognition of Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week in partnership with the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species, county-based Invasive Species Committees, Division of Aquatic Resources, Hawaii Biodiversity Information Network, and The Nature Conservancy.

  • HISAW Kickoff at the Capitol, March 3, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Capitol Auditorium
  • Governor’s Proclamation: The public is invited to join Governor Abercrombie in commencing Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week. HISC Co-Chairs, Scott Enright, (Hawaii Department of Agriculture), and William J. Aila, Jr., (Department of Land and Natural Resources), will offer opening remarks.
  • HISC Awards Ceremony: The HISC will honor individuals, agencies, organizations, and businesses that have made a difference in protecting Hawaii from the impacts of invasive species.  Members of the legislature will present the awards in the categories of Hottest Hotline Report, Business Leader, Community Hero, County MVP’s, and Greatest Hit of 2013. See full list of winners and honorable mentions at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/hisaw/
  • Participation and Information Booths:  Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Aquatic Resources and Division of Forestry and Wildlife; Department of Agriculture, Malama Maunaloa, Koolau Mountains Watershed Partnership, Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership, Oahu Army Natural Resource Program, Oahu Invasive Species Committee, University of Hawaii, and more.
  • Be a Beetle Buster & Help Save Hawaii’s Coconut Trees: March 3rd kick-off

People across the state can easily participate in HISAW online by joining this special “mission” to survey all coconut trees in Hawaii for the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle. The public is invited to take photos of the crowns of coconut trees and post them to the “Help Save Hawaii’s Coconut Trees” mission on the Project Noah website or via mobile app.   The photos will be reviewed by the Beetle Buster Team from the University of Hawaii Natural Resources and Environmental Management class to assess the presence or absence of this pest across the state.  Adult rhino beetles bore into the crowns of coconut trees to drink the sap, leaving distinctive v-shaped cuts in the leaves when the fronds grow out.  They could kill half the coconut trees in the state, if they aren’t detected and eradicated.  The Beetle Buster Team will flag photos that show suspected beetle damage for follow up surveys.  The project will go live on Monday March 3 – For more information and instructions on how to participate, go to: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/hisaw/

  • Volunteer Events:  Occurring statewide from March 3-9

Visit the HISAW website at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/hisaw/ for a full list of volunteer activities across the state. Opportunities include:

  • Helping clear invasive weeds along the Kaluapuhi Trail in Kokee. (March 5)
  • Learning about invasive species issues in Hawaii at: Paintballs and Digital Mapping Talk Story, Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge (March 7)
  • Removing invasive species at Lyon Arboretum (March 8)
  • Pulling weeds on the offshore islet of Moku’auia (March 8)
  • Pulling weeds in the Ko‘olau Mountains (March 9)
  • Helping to restore Mauna Kea (Throughout March)

To learn more about NISAW, visit www.nisaw.org.  To learn more about HISAW visit http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/hisaw/