2015 Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week Happenings

Get involved!  There are opportunities across the state to be a part of HISAW.  Get involved with your community to restore and protect Hawaii’s unique natural resources!

Stay active!  To find conservation volunteer activities year round please visit Conservation Connections 

Saturday February 21, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

Kauai Nursery & Landscaping 


How to Avoid Pest Hitchhikers:
The Kauai Invasive Species Committee is partnering with Plant Pono for a FREE workshop at Kauai Nursery & Landscaping in Puhi. 
Please RSVP to Amanda Skelton, Plant Pono: 808-634-6235 or [email protected]

Monday February 23, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pihea Trail, Kokee


Please join the Kokee Resource Conservation Program for a fun and worthwhile endeavor as we work to protect the native plant communities in this beautiful forest.

Location: meet at the large pavilion just beyond the Kokee Musuem at 8:00 a.m.

Tools and training provided. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, and supportive close-toed shoes. Bring drinking water and lunch. A hat and sunscreen also recommended. Volunteers 17 and younger need parental supervision.

Carpool from Waimea to Kokee is available upon request.

Please RSVP to Cherith Andrade 335-0045, [email protected]

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m 

Waimea Valley

59-864 Kamehameha Hwy. 


 Natural Area Weed Workshop II: “Weed Management Challenges in Native Plant Restoration.” 

Click on the following links for the Agenda, Abstracts, and Lunch Menu.

 Parking: Park in the main visitor lot. If you need to unload anything, go thru main lot, take a right and then an immediate left up a little hill into employee parking, take first right into parking lot near green shipping container, park there.  

Meet in the Pavilion.

 For lunch: Bring cash for lunch. People will sign up for what they want for lunch on the day of the meeting.

 Please RSVP to Chelsea Arnott at [email protected], 808.453.6110

Wednesday February 25, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Kawaiele Wetland in Mana



The Kauai Invasive Species Committee is partnering with DOFAW for a volunteer day in recognition of Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week. Please join us for a day of removing invasive species and out planting native species!

Location: The Wetland is on the West side in Mana about a 1/2 mile past the entrance to Pacific Missile Range Facility.

The terrain is hot and dry. Please come prepared with a water bottle, snack, hat, sunscreen, and your own gloves if you have them. Slippers or sandals are not advised. There are no restroom facilities on site, however there are port-o-pottys located at Kekaha Beach Park about 3.5 miles away from the wetland site.

Water, and work equipment will be provided. We will break for lunch around noon, so please bring a lunch if you would like to stay, mingle, and view the wetland birds through DOAFW’s spotting scopes.

Please RSVP by Friday February 20th, space is limited

Contact: Rachel Smith, [email protected], 808.821.1490

Wednesday February 25, 2015

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


485 Keawe Street


Oahu Invasive Species Workshop

Part of the Eco-Literacy Series at the ProtoHub.  FREE BEER, WINE, and Leonard’s MALASADAS for attendees! 

 Ever wonder what those…things… are hanging from all the trees in Town? (Hint: yes, they are related to aliens.) 

Hawai’i has been called the “Threatened and Endangered Species Capital of the Planet”. Erin Bishop of the O’ahu Invasive Species Committee and Michelle Gorham Jones of the Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife will speak to local efforts to manage problematic, non-native invaders. 

RSVP: [email protected], 415-309-7259 

Thursday, February 26, 2015 

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m 

Waimea Valley

59-864 Kamehameha Hwy. 


Waimea Valley Botanical Garden Weed Pull: controlling weeds on Kalahe`e Ridge.

Location: Meet at Waimea Valley Botanical Office at 9:00 a.m.

We will be driving and hiking up onto Kalahe`e Ridge to restore the native forest through invasive weed control.  We are looking for up to 20-30 people (ages 12 and up).   Tools provided.  It is an easy to moderate hike up to the site (45 minutes), there is very little shade on the ridge and it can get quite hot.  An ATV carries some people and all of the tools, plants, and equipment.  Please realize that you are committing to the entire time specified. We do not have enough staff to hike down early with volunteers.

What to bring: water (at least 2 liters), lunch, rain gear (if you have), insect repellent (just for the hike or ride up), close toed shoes (REQUIRED), sun screen, hat, long pants, long sleeved shirt, and A Positive Attitude!

Please call 808.638.7766 to RSVP

Saturday February 21, 2015


Saturday March 14, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lyon Arboretum

3860 Manoa Road



Oahu Invasive Species Committee Volunteer Service Trip 

Location: meet in the Lyon Arboretum parking lot at 9:00 a.m.

We will focus on the removal of 2 invasive plants – Ardisia virens and Stromanthe tonckat. This is the only location on Oahu where these species are found, which means with your help we can work toward completely eliminating them from the island so that they are no longer a threat!

Volunteers will be hand-pulling plants and hiking off-trail in moderately steep to steep terrain with exposure to sun, rain, mosquitoes and muddy conditions. Volunteers should be physically fit for strenuous activity. Participants will be required to sign a waiver and provide emergency contact information.

RSVP required! Contact OISC at [email protected] or (808) 286-4616