Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC)
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Maui News column
Kiai Moku is Maui Invasive Species Committee's monthly column in The Maui News. Featured the second Sunday of each month, Kiai Moku educates readers about an invasive species that MISC and its partners are working to control in Maui County.
Targeted plants and animals by area
These flyers provide a summary of invasive plants and animals that are invading your neighborhood:
What to plant and not to plant by climatic and elevational zone
- Cool, dry, upper elevations
(Upper Kula, Ulupalakua, Leeward Haleakala above 1,000 feet) Since the climate here is dry and cool, plants adapted to this region do not need a lot of water.
- Wet, windward areas
(Haiku, Huelo, Olinda, Keanae, Nahiku, Hana, and West Maui Mountains) These areas get more than 40 inches of rain per year. The native plants that evolved here use lots of water.
- Warm to hot areas
(Kahului, Central and Leeward Maui from sea level to 1,000 ft. elevation) Temperatures here are typically warm to hot. Plants adapted to this climate tend to be drought tolerant and stress resistant.
- Wetter, low areas near mountains
(Haliimaile, Makawao, Pukalani, Lower Kula, Waiehu, Waihee, Wailuku, Waikapu) In these areas near mountains, rainfall is higher than the central zone but temperatures are warmer than the upper leeward zone.
- Windward coastal salt spray zones
(All along the coast of Maui) These areas are close to the ocean, so plants must be tolerant to salt spray. Plants that have evolved here tend to be low to the ground due to constant wind.
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What to plant/ What to not plant in Hawaii
A two page summary of where to go for more information.
Information for landscape professionals and plant suppliers
Information for teachers
- Hoike o Haleakala is a downloadable science-based environmental education curriculum specific to Maui, that supports State of Hawaii high school educational standards.
- Careers in Conservation flyer encourages high school students to protect Hawaii's native plants and animals and to consider a career in conservation.
- Help Stop the Alien Invaders flyer teaches school age children what's cool and what's not.
Information for radio listeners
Throughout the year, MISC produces public service announces (PSA) that are aired on Pacific Radio Group stations. The announcements give general information about MISC, its target species and programs.
General PSA (MP3 format) (474 Kb; 1 minute)
General PSA (WMA format) (53 Kb; 1 minute)
The text for the PSA is as follows:
"How would you like complete strangers to move into your home and never leave? Well, that's what's happening in our beautiful home - Maui. Alien species are stealing the food and invading the homes of native plants and animals, and threatening Maui's ecosystems. Together, we can help stop this intrusion. Support the work of the Maui Invasive Species Committee. Never bring in prohibited pets, plants or fruits to Maui. Find out whether the non-native plants and animals at your home or work are invasive or not. Do your part. Help protect and reclaim our island home. For more information about the Maui Invasive Species Committee, call 579-2116 [note: current number is (808) 573-6472]. This radio spot is brought to the people of Maui from Alexander & Baldwin and its family of companies. A&B encourages everybody in the community to give what they can to help each other. A'ohe hana nui ke alu'ia. No task is too big when done together."
MISC in the news
D’oh! A Deer, 3 August 2011
Certified coqui-free plants are available on Molokai, 22 July 2011
Thank-You Letters, 11 May 2011
Suspected dengue cases up, 14 April 2011
Dengue fever expert: Prevent spread, 10 April 2011
Battle begins to prevent dengue fever, 8 April 2011
Fast-growing plant threat to habitat of Lanai petrels, 20 February 2011
MISC is helping to protect Maui County, 31 January 2011
Man who identified little fire ants wins association honor, 24 December 2010
Public encouraged to report suspicious species, 13 December 2010
Little fire ant infestation eradicated, 22 October 2010
Brown tree snake detection workshop offered, 24 August 2010
Plant quarantine inspectors may get back on job, 16 March 2010
Teams make gains in little fire ant fight, 12 February 2010
MCC agriculture professor wins landscapers' Malama award, 6 December 2009
Little fire ant infestation is found on Maui, 16 October 2009
3 fewer inspectors to be lost on Maui, 25 September 2009
Agricultural inspector layoffs slammed, 5 September 2009
Invasive species along Maui roadsides to be catalogued, 14 April 2009
Scientists discover new plant species found only in E. Maui and document other rarities, 3 April 2009
Saving Conservation: Efforts to protect island environment facing severe budget cuts, 22 February 2009
- MISC working with nurseries, others on 'Coqui-free' project, 3 February 2009
- Haleakala project gets grant, 15 January 2009
- CHECK IT OUT: Coqui control ongoing battle, 22 September 2008
- Rats are targeted in poisoning project, 16 June 2008
- Biological fix for Invasive Species, 15 June 2008
- Wasp could take sting out of caterpillar, 15 June 2008
- Silverswords planted to celebrate union, 26 April 2008
- MISC project: Destroy coqui, 2 December 2007
- Spiky caterpillar spreads in Haiku, 24 September 2007
- Biosecurity expert: Things move, things spread, 25 June 2007
- Miconia fighters face funding cut, 28 February 2007
- Two steps forward, one step back in the fight against miconia, 6 August 2006
- CHECK IT OUT: Vine creeps into unwanted areas, 10 July 2006
- Students declare war, 1 February 2006
- Invasive species crews eliminating pockets of coqui frogs, 19 October 2005
- Alien wasp may doom the wiliwili, 8 August 2005
- EPA approves hydrated lime in coqui fight, 28 April 2005
- The Silence of the Frogs, 10 April 2005
- Plan allows airport project to fly, 19 February 2005
- Hunt fails to find snake in E. Maui, 4 September 2004