FY23 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 2023 (FY23), the legislature appropriated $5,750,000 general, recurring funds to the HISC and an additional $1,500,000 non-recurring with a stipulation that $500,000 be dedicated to invasive ant work through the Hawaii Ant Lab. The total appropriation was subject to a 20% that carried over from FY22, a 10% 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. This amounts equates to $2,348,828. The amount of funding required for one year of core programs that the Council funds on an annual basis is $630,597.72. The remaining balance of $3,830,870.37 is available for interagency project grants.

Requests received for FY23 totaled $8,246,824.55 across 37 applications. A total of 30 projects were funded for FY23.

You can review the reporting guidelines for HISC Funding HERE.

Programmatic Awards:

Project Awards:

Application Title


 RWG Recommended Award Amount

Invasion ecology of Arcte coerula (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae), a New Pest of Māmaki and other nettles in Hawaiʻi.

Final Report


 $            16,726.93

Development of mongoose control technology: refining the Goodnature A18 mongoose trap

DLNR – Division of Forestry and Wildlife

 $            25,000.00

Natural enemies for biocontrol of albizia

USDA Forest Service

 $          102,910.00

Acoustic early detection of coqui using low-cost audio devices


 $            12,502.64

Biocontrol of invasive Rubus

USDA Forest Service

 $            37,657.28

Biocontrol of melastomes and other high priority invasive plants

USDA Forest Service

 $            61,032.63

How do harbors jumpstart algal invasions?

UH Life Sciences

 $            30,244.64

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


 $          167,700.24

Tibouchina Control and Albizia Outreach in the Koʻolau Mountains

Final Report

UH PCSU – Koolau Mountains Watershed Partnership

 $            95,726

Island Wide Survey and Development of a Rapid Assessment Protocol of Invasive Macroalgae on Oʻahu

UH Life Sciences

 $            10,015.89

Outreach and Extension for Rapid Ohia Death


 $            23,075.00

Outcross and maintain incompatible Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes

DLNR – Division of Forestry and Wildlife

 $            48,755.00

Expansion of management and techniques for species of highly invasive genus Avrainvillea

UH Life Sciences

 $            44,158.56

Educational film production related to invasive mosquitoes, Hawaiian birds, and incompatible insect technique

DLNR – Division of Forestry and Wildlife

 $            18,481.19

Hawaii Ballast Water and Biofouling

Final Report

DLNR – Division of Aquatic Resources

 $            78,000.00

CGAPS–Filling the Gaps

UH PCSU – Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species

 $            49,705.45


 $          821,691.18