FY22 Funded Projects

Since its inception in 2003, the Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council (HISC) has disbursed funding to support interagency invasive species projects that fill gaps between agency mandates or existing agency programs, and/or advance our collective knowledge through research and development of new tools. Funds are disbursed via an intra-governmental granting process wherein state, county, and federal offices may submit requests for funding and meet to collaboratively draft a recommended budget for HISC review.

For Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), the legislature appropriated $5,750,000 to the HISC. This amount is subject to a 7% expenditure restriction by the Department of Budget and Finance. The appropriation is also subject to fees or overhead from the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) at the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) as the administrative host of the HISC, the salary for the Invasive Species Coordinator, and a shortfall to LNR804. DOFAW overhead and shortfalls, salary, and the Budget and Finance restriction total $1,038,145. The amount of funding required for one year of core programs that the Council funds on an annual basis is $499,756. The remaining balance of $4,212,099 is available for interagency project grants.

Requests received for FY22 totaled $9,127,749 across 51 applications. A total of 36 projects were funded for FY22.

You can review the reporting guidelines for HISC Funding HERE.

Proposal Title

Agency, Division

Funded Amount

Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species

UH PCSU, Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species



Hawaii Ant Lab – Statewide Funding

Hawaii Ant Lab – Early Detection and Response To Little Fire Ant on O’ahu (Program Highlights)

UH PCSU, Hawaii Ant Lab



Albizia, Tibouchina,T. Ovatus, and invasive goats Disbursal Control Teams and Regional Eradication Efforts in the Ko’olau

UH PCSU, Koolau Mountain Watershed Partnership



Maui/Molokai Invasive Species Committees – Detection and Control of Invasive Species in Maui County

UH PCSU, Maui Invasive Species Committee



Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) – Outreach and Education in Maui County

UH PCSU, Maui Invasive Species Committee



Public Engagement in Invasive Species Control on the Island of Hawaii (including Albizia / Devilweed)

UH PCSU, Big Island Invasive Species Committee



OISC’s Statewide Program (Outreach / Control)

UH PCSU, Oahu Invasive Species Committee




Kauai Invasive Species Committee Early Detection, Rapid Response, Control, Outreach

KISC Highlights

UH PCSU, Kauai Invasive Species Committee




Detection and Control of Invasive Species on Hawai`i Island

UH PCSU, Big Island Invasive Species Committee


Hawaii Ballast Water and Biofouling




Mamalu Poepoe: Invasive Species Surveillance at ports of entry



Field Trials of Mongoose Toxicant Efficacy Under EPA Experimental Use Permit




Outreach and extension for management of Rapid Ohia Death on Hawaii Island



Detection and Management Strategies for the Control of Prosapia bicincta (Twolined Spittlebug) in Hawaii



Detection & Invasive Potential and population dynamics of Arcte coerula (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae), a New Pest of Māmaki in Hawaii.



Natural enemies for biocontrol of albizia



Biocontrol of melastomes and other high priority weeds




Mosquito surveys and larval control on Kauai to further landscape-level mosquito control and protect endangered honeycreepers



Beekeeper organization and cooperation: Our “best shot” against Africanized Honeybees



Biocontrol of invasive Rubus



Detection and Control of Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death on Hawai‘i Island

UH PCSU, Big Island Invasive Species Committee



Investigating management and competitive interactions between distinct yet related invasive algal species Avrainvillea erecta and Avrainvillea lacerata at different depth levels.

UH Biological Sciences


Project Support for DLNR and DOH Implementation of Incompatible Insect Technique using Wolbachia for control of three mosquito species



An economic analysis of LFA eradication on Maui



Environmental Assessment for the Suppression of Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, and Culex quinquefasciatus Mosquitoes in Hawaii using Wolbachia-based Incompatible Insect Technique

DOH Vector Control


Investigating infection levels and population dynamics of wild rats (Rattus spp.) to inform management and surveillance of rat lungworm in Hawai‘i



Generating needed data to build a risk assessment framework for invasive algae in Hawaiʻi.

UH Biological Sciences


Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory Support for Shrimp Pathogens