2014 Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week

HISAW 2014

The State of Hawaii is hosting the 2nd annual Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week (HISAW) in March, 2014. HISAW is organized in coordination with National Invasive Species Awareness Week and 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.”

Check out our HISAW 2013 page for information on last year’s events.


Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week Kick-off 
Proclamation & Awards Ceremony
Monday March 3, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Capitol Auditorium

Click here for photos and a press release from the kick-off event!

Missed the kick-off? No worries, it’s also playing on OLELO49! Watch the kick-off ceremony and awards on TV on the following dates:

March 23, 6:00 PM; March 25, 9:00 AM; March 26, 1:00 PM; March 29, 3:00 PM.

Participation and Information Booths: Division of Aquatic Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Department of Agriculture, Malama Maunaloa, Koolau Mountains Watershed Partnership, Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership, Oahu Army Natural Resource Program, Oahu Invasive Species Committee, University of Hawaii, and more.


Click Here to see a full list of 2014 HISAW Award Recipients 

Click Here for a full listing of events which occurred across the state!


Be a Beetle Buster & Help Save Hawaii’s Coconut Trees: March 3rd kick-off

People across the state can easily participate in HISAW online by joining this special “mission” to survey all coconut trees in Hawaii for the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle. Starting on Monday March 3, the public is invited to take photos of the crowns of coconut trees and post them to the “Help Save Hawaii’s Coconut Trees” mission on the Project Noah website or via mobile app.   The photos will be reviewed by the Beetle Buster Team from the University of Hawaii Natural Resources and Environmental Management class to assess the presence or absence of this pest across the state.  Adult rhino beetles bore into the crowns of coconut trees to drink the sap, leaving distinctive v-shaped cuts in the leaves when the fronds grow out.  They could kill half the coconut trees in the state, if they aren’t detected and eradicated.  The Beetle Buster Team will flag photos that show suspected beetle damage for follow up surveys.

Click here to join the Beetle Buster Mission and learn more about Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle!

Click here for updates about the response to Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle in Hawaii.