What is an invasive species? An invasive species is an alien species (plant, animal, or microbe transported by humans to a location outside its native range) whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health (U.S. Presidential Executive Order 13112).
Hawaii’s unique environment is home to more eco-systems than anywhere in the world. It’s isolated location has fostered unique plants, animals and sea life that are increasing at risk of extinction changing the face of our ‘aina forever. Hawaii is in the midst of a growing crisis affecting all the islands’ overall environmental and human health, and the viability of its tourism- and agriculture-based economy.
Some of the high profile invasive species are so entrenched that we don’t even recognize that they are the “bad guys”. These include Africanized honey bees, gorilla ogo and other algae, coqui frogs, strawberry guava, miconia, little & red imported fire ants, snowflake coral and biting flies.
For a more complete list see The Hawaii Invasive species website.
If you see an invasive species report it to the Hotline - 643-PEST