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Provides selected Hawaii resources from agencies and organizations with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.


  • Scientists Bite Back at Invasive Mosquitos, Work for Hawaiian Honeycreeper Conservation

    • Feb 28, 2024
    • DOI. United States Geological Survey.

    • Biologists from the U.S. Geological Survey are racing the clock to pull four species of native Hawaiian Honeycreeper forest birds back from the brink of extinction. Factors such as habitat loss, invasive species, and non-native predators have been fueling the birds' decline for centuries. However, introduced diseases, particularly avian malaria spread through mosquitos, which are not native to the Hawaiian Islands, coupled with climate change, are the greatest threat facing Hawaiian forest birds today. 

      "As the climate warms and more mosquitoes move into the once malaria-free regions of the mountains, healthy birds are running out of places to escape the cycle of infection," said Eben Paxton, a research ecologist with the USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center (PIERC) in Hawai'i. Now, PIERC biologists are working with a range of partners, including other Interior Department bureaus and the Birds Not Mosquitos Coalition, to intercept the disease cycle using a novel conservation tool.

  • How Swaths of Invasive Grass Made Maui’s Fires So Devastating

    • Aug 15, 2023
    • Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Magazine.

    • Scientists have long warned that Hawaii’s cover of nonnative shrubs is kindling waiting to burn.
      See also: Additional Invasive Species related articles

      Learn how the U.S. government is responding to the Hawaii wildfires affecting Maui and the Big Island.

  • Amnesty Program

    • State of Hawaii. Plant Industry Division.

    • Hawaii restricts the import and possession of many animals due to the threat to the state’s unique environment and agriculture.  Many animals are not allowed as pets and some require permits. Animals such as snakes, large reptiles, wild predatory mammals, invasive bird species and non-native mammals are illegal in Hawaii.

      The state’s Amnesty Program allows the voluntary surrender of illegal animals. No penalties will be assessed if a person voluntarily turns in a prohibited species before an investigation is initiated. Animals may be dropped off at local humane societies, municipal zoos, or any Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s Plant Quarantine Office.
      See also: Importing Animals to Hawaii from the U.S. Mainland (includes information for restricted or prohibited animals)

  • Hawaii Early Detection Network - Report Invasive Pests Online

    • University of Hawaii. Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit. Hawaii Biodiversity Information Network.

    • The Hawaii Early Detection Network was created to increase public awareness of invasive species and engage communities in the monitoring of their own neighborhoods. Find out how you help protect the environment of Hawaii by participating in the Eyes and Ears Team and attending an educational workshop or downloading your own field guide. If you are reporting a snake call 911 or for an animal call 643-PEST immediately!

  • Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Month

    • Hawaii Invasive Species Council.

    • Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Month (February) 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."

  • New Pest Advisories

    • Hawaii Department of Agriculture. Plant Industry Division.

    • A "New Pest Advisory" provides information on new pests and diseases that have become established in Hawaii. Individuals can help reduce the spread of these pests and diseases by being aware of their signs and symptoms and not moving them to other islands in the State.

State Specific Threats

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this location, organized by source.

Council or Task Force
  • Hawaii Areawide Fruit Fly Pest Management Program (HAW-FLYPM)

    • University of Hawaii. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources; USDA. Agriculture Research Service; Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

  • Hawaii Invasive Species Partnership

    • Hawaii Invasive Species Partnership.

  • Introduced Marine Species of Hawai'i

    • Bishop Museum. Hawaii Biological Survey; University of Hawaii.

  • Plant Pono

    • Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species; Hawai'i Invasive Species Council; Hawai'i Biological Information Network.

    • Find the perfect pono plant for your landscape, search by color, growth form, and more! From a person planting their first garden to landscape architects designing major projects, this website is intended to guide all who garden to make Pono planting choices.

  • Stop the Little Fire Ant


    • Little fire ants (LFA) may be tiny, but they pack a powerful sting. Native to South America, these speck-sized invaders have hitchhiked across the Pacific, hidden in imported goods, establishing new populations in islands like Hawai'i. Much smaller than the average ant, LFA are about as long as a penny is thick. Little fire ants may have reached our shores, but we can't treat it like "just another ant." LFA are considered one of the World's 100 Worst Invasive Species (IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group), because of their ability to reach very high numbers, to the point where people and animals can't avoid stings. It's up to each of us to Spot The Ant and Stop the Ant. Report little fire ants today.
      See also: October is "Stop the Ant Month": Help Find the Hidden Ants of Hawai'i (Sep 29, 2023)

Federal Government
State and Local Government
  • Crop Knowledge Master

    • University of Hawaii. Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Integrated Pest Management Program.

    • Provides general information on pest hosts, distribution, damage, biology, and management in the form of pest summaries.

  • Invasive Species and Pest Control

    • University of Hawaii. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

  • Weed Management in Hawai'i

    • University of Hawaii. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.