2015 Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week

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The State of Hawaii hosted the 3rd annual Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week (HISAW) in February 2015. HISAW is organized in coordination with the U.S. National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) and regional Pacific Invasive Species Awareness efforts. HISAW seeks to promote information sharing and public engagement in what the Hawaii State Legislature has declared “the single greatest threat to Hawaii’s economy and natural environment and to the health and lifestyle of Hawaii’s people.”

Couldn’t make it out, no worries!  The HISAW Closing Ceremony, including remarks by Governor David Ige and the presentation of HISC Awards is available on demand at Olelo Net.

Also check out two videos produced by DLNR for HISAW 2015, showcasing Hawaii’s incredible natural resources and the hardworking people who work to protect them:

Protecting Hawaii nei from the damaging impacts of invasive species is everyone’s kuleana.  Click here for 5 simple ways you can kokua and take action today! 


2015 Invasive Species Awareness Week Happenings

Click here for volunteer and educational opportunities that occurred during the week


HISAW Closing Ceremony
Honoring HISC Award Recipients
Monday March 2, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium

2015 Ceremony Photos

2015 Award Recipient Profiles

Artwork by Kapaa High School

Video: 2015 Invasive Species Day

Video: Remarks by Governor David Ige


Palau Invasive Species Awareness Day
Wednesday February 25, 2015
Click here for more details


3rd Annual HISC Awards

Recognizing individuals and groups for their outstanding service to Hawaii in the fight against invasive species.

Award Categories & Recipients:  

  • Community HeroesCharlotte Yamane, Honorable Mention, Laurie Loomis – Recognizes a community member or community-based group that has been a shining example of dedication to prevent and/or manage invasive species. 
  • Business Leader: Hawaiian Airlines – Recognizes an individual in the private sector or a business that has demonstrated leadership in their role of protecting Hawai‘i from invasive species 
  • Greatest Hit of 2014: Carmel Partners and Island Topsoil – Recognizes an individual, organization, or agency responsible for one of the major invasive species highlights of 2014 in the areas of research, prevention, control, and/or public outreach.
  • Hottest Hotline Report to 643-PESTRick Yamamoto, HI Air National Guardsmen
  • Hawaii Island MVP: Rich Wlosinski, HELCO
  • Maui Nui MVP: Maui HDOA Plant Quarantine Inspectors
  • Oahu MVP: The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Response: USDA APHIS, HDOA, and JBPHH
  • Kauai MVP: Michelle Clark, US FWS
  • 2014 NATIONAL INVASIVE SPECIES ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, Outstanding Achievement in Invasive Species Outreach and Education: Christy Martin, CGAPS