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Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC)


Public outreach

The following documents are in PDF format and can be read with Adobe Reader.

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


Comments? Questions? Contact: joshua.p.atwood@hawaii.gov