2021 Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Awareness Month

Join us for one of the many opportunities below to learn more about what is being done to respond to invasive species, and how you can help. 


Week 1: Featuring talks from Hawaiʻi Island

Monday, February 1

12:00 pm
HISAM opening ceremony with Hālau ʻŌhiʻa. Check out the opening ceremony for HISAM 2021: https://www.facebook.com/halauohia/

Tuesday, February 2

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
History of Invasive Species in Hawaiʻi and the impacts on our environment, economy, and health – presented by Franny Brewer. View the recording here.

Wednesday, February 3

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Protecting our native forests from Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death – presented by JB Friday. View the recording here.

Thursday, February 4

8:00 am – 8:45 am
Airborne mapping to understand Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death in Hawaiʻi – presented by Greg Asner and Robin Martin. View the recording here.

11am-11:45am
Estuaries in Hawaiʻi are highly invaded by non-native fishes – presented by Kim Peyton. View the recording here.

Friday, February 5

1pm-1:45pm
Swimming under the radar: targeting invasive species in coastal brackish water habitats in Hawaiʻi – presented by Troy Sakihara, Chris Teague, Megan Lamson, & Dena Sedar. View the recording here.


Week 2: Featuring talks from Maui Nui

Monday, February 8

11:00 am-11:40 am
MISC 101: An Overview of Invasive Species Management in Maui Nui, Lissa Strohecker and Serena Fukushima. View the recording here.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Maui Nui Mini-Series: Who are ya gonna call (or click)? Reporting invasive species in Hawaii- 643-PEST and 643pest.org – presented by Elizabeth Speith. View the recording here.

Maui Nui Mini-Series: Coqui on Maui: The State of the Frog – View the recording here.

Tuesday, February 9

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Invasive Algae of Hawaii and iNaturalist – presented by Genivieve Devine. View the recording here.

Wednesday, February 10

11:00 am – 11:20 am
Maui Nui Mini-Series: Community Coqui Control Program – presented by Susan Frett. View the recording here.

12:00 pm – 12:20 pm
Maui Nui Mini-Series: Tackling Lāna‘i’s Prickliest Plants and Other Weed Eradication Updates – presented by Kari Bogner. View the recording here.

6:00 pm- 7:30 pm
Plant Pono – Your Travel Guide Down the Road of Good Intentions – presented  Molly Murphy and Chuck Chimera. View the recording here.

 Thursday, February 11

10:00 am – 10:20 am
Maui Nui Mini-Series: Maui Invasive Species Committee’s Approach to Controlling Eradicable Plant Species on Maui – presented by Michael Ade. View the recording here.

10:30 am – 11:15 am
Maui Nui Mini-Series: Efforts and Approaches on Maui to Eradicate Little Fire Ants – presented by Brooke Mahnken. View the recording here.

 Friday, February 12

11:00am- 11:30am
Maui Freshwater Systems: Invasives, Natives and more – presented by Skippy Hau. View the recording here.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Maui Nui Mini-Series: MISC & MoMISC Response to Unique Vertebrates (e.g., conures and other parrot-like birds, veiled chameleons, rabbits, snakes and more) – presented by Adam Radford. View the recording here.


Week 3: Featuring talks from Oʻahu

Tuesday, February 16

1:30pm- 2:15pm
Nutrient Impacts on Coral Reefs – presented by Celia Smith. View the recording here.

4:00 pm – 4:45pm
Developing a Taste for Sustainable Seafood in Hawaiʻi: Conservation International – presented by Jana Young & Matt Ramsey. View the recording here.

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Oʻahu Invasive Species Committee: That Thing We Do: A Look Into the Fight Against Invasive Species – presented by Erin Bishop. View the recording here.

Wednesday, February 17

10:00 am- 10:45 am
Native Urchin Biocontrol of Invasive Algae – presented by David Cohen & Wes Dukes. View the recording here.

2:00 pm- 2:20 pm
Ballast Water and Biofouling the Major Vector of Marine Introduced Species – presented by Sara Tom & Natalie Dunn. View the recording here.

Thursday, February 18

10:00 am – 10:45 am
Chasing the Fastest Growing Tree in the World: Albizia – presented by Frankie Koethe & JC Watson. View the recording here.

11:00 am – 11:45 am
Protecting our forests from hooved animals – trends and progress statewide – presented by Emma Yuen. View the recording here.

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Speak for the Trees (or Coral): how to participate in the legislative process – presented by Christy Martin. View the recording here.

Friday, February 19

10:00 am-11:30 am  – Biosecurity Series. View the recording here.
Māmalu Poepoe: Invasive Species Surveillance at Hawaii’s Airports – presented by Leyla Kaufman
Biocontrol success in protecting Hawaii against impacts of invasive insect species – presented by Mark Wright

12:00 pm -12:45 pm
The Unique Case of Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle in Hawaii – presented by Koki Atcheson & Kaili Kosaka. View the recording here.


Week 4: Featuring talks from Kauaʻi

Kauaʻi Invasive Species Committee Huakaʻi Series:

Huakaʻi 1 Kōkeʻe: Check out Kauai Invasive Species Committee on Facebook to see Kim Rogers and the ROD team talking about ‘Ōhi’a  and native plants’ importance in the nāhele of Kōkeʻe & Wailua watersheds also highlighting the spread of Rapid ‘Ōhi’a Death on Kauaʻi. 

Huakaʻi 2 ʻAlekoko: Check out this KISC Huakaʻi series highlighting Mālama Huleʻia and impacts of mangrove/invasive fish on fishpond and estuary

Huakaʻi 3 Kāhili: Check out this KISC Huakaʻi series highlighting responsible hiking practices in the forest. Huakaʻi finale featuring Kauai DAR talking about invasive aquatic species and closing remarks about the 3 part huakaʻi and HISAM.

Tuesday, February 23

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Plants, pests, and community: The UH CTAHR Extension Program – presented by Roshan Manandhar. View the recording here.

Wednesday, February 24

12:00-12:45 pm
Cat safe, wildlife safe Kauai – presented by Helen Raine. View the recording here.

Thursday, February 25

10:30am – 11:10am
Be a Friend of the Forest – presented by Kim Rogers and Haylin Chock. View the recording on KISC’s Youtube here.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fighting Invasive species in the Watersheds of the Big Island – presented by Three Mountain Alliance, Kohala Watershed Partnership, and Mauna Kea Watershed Partnership. View the recording here.

Friday, February 26

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Aquatic Invasive Species on Kauai: Salvinia, Tilapia and a new Algae – presented by Aaron Swink, Heather Ylitalo-Ward, & Kaili Shayler. View the recording here.


Saturday, February 27

6:45 am: Closing ceremony with Hālau ʻŌhiʻa. Check out our closing ceremony on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/halauohia

Throughout the month look for the tag #HISAM2021 for more live events and activities