invasive species

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Little Fire Ant Infestation; UH Enrollment Numbers; Hawaii Wildfire Battles; Back to School Vaccinations

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Macadamia nuts are one of Hawaii’s most valuable agricultural products. This year’s harvest is estimated at more than 42 million dollars,  a 22 percent decline from the previous year.

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LFA on Oahu; Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Infests City Property; Reality Check; Common Cause on Gerrymandering; Local Food Gurus

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Hawaiʻi is a global hotspot for invasive species from fire ants to miconia to coqui frogs. Combatting this threat is no easy task, but some believe they’ve found a recipe for success. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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State officials are asking Oʻahu residents to be on the look-out for a new invasive species.

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The effort to control non-native species in Hawaii was dealt a significant setback by the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government. Inspectors at ports of entry remained on duty, but research and mitigation efforts into previously established invasive species saw major reductions in available resources.

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Natatorium Draft EIS; Preventing Invasives: Tax Changes: Artist Homes in Kaka`ako

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The number one vector for invasive species coming to Hawaii is not well regulated. Hawaii is not unique in the lack of regulation concerning biofouling, which is the transfer of organic marine life on the underside of ship hulls. Much more attention is given to the agricultural products being transported on board those ships.

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In December of 2018, officials from 22 states met in Hawaii for a meeting of the Western Governor’s Association. Hawaii Governor David Ige hosted the gathering in Kona which was focused on the impacts of invasive species. Invasions from ecologically alien plants and animals are contributing to environmental and economic degredation around the world. In many ways Hawaii is ground zero for the fight against invasive species. This series explores the problem and what can be done to limit the damage.

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Hawaii is already spending tens of millions of dollars per year dealing with the effects of invasive species and without coordinated action that number will balloon in the coming decades. That was the message from a panel of Hawaii-based experts earlier this week.

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Hawaii Governor David Ige hosted the 2018 winter meeting of the Western Governors' Association in Kona this week. Ige selected invasive species as the topic for the two day event. Hawaii's efforts to study and control the Little Fire Ant were highlighted during one panel discussion.

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Rise in Suicide; Albizia Wood; Manoa Heritage Center; Taimane

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Governor David Ige proclaimed today, April 25, ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Day in Hawaiʻi. Over the past eight years, millions of ʻōhiʻa lehua trees on Hawaiʻi Island died from a fungal disease known as Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death. Not much was known about the disease until now. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this stoy.

Legislators Consider Tougher Invasive Species Control Measures

Mar 19, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

Invasive species have been corrupting Hawaiʻi's environment since the first human contact, but recent generations have seen new invasive species arriving at an ever-increasing rate. To date there's been no single statewide agency to deal with the problem, which is why state lawmakers are considering Senate Bill 2399. The measure would create a "Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Authority."

The Conversation: Monday, March 19th, 2018

Mar 19, 2018
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March for Our Lives, Invasive Species Control, Civic Clubs, Title IX, Esports in Hawaii

Using Dogs to Track Invasive Chameleons

Feb 28, 2018
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Scientists charged with protecting our endangered species are turning to man’s best friend to ferret out rats, slugs, and Jackson's Chameleons. Those invasive species threaten endangered snails but are often very difficult to locate.

The Conversation: Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Feb 28, 2018
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Medical Aid in Dying; Tracking Invasive Species; Changing Demographics and Elections

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One of Hawaiʻi’s famous native plants is under threat. The hala or pandanus tree can grow up to 30 feet tall and is characterized by its long, sharp and spiny leaves. Those trees are now being attacked by an invasive predator. And the cultural practitioners whose traditions depend on hala are feeling the impact. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

The Conversation: Monday, July 17th, 2017

Jul 17, 2017
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Battling Invasive Species; Costs of Climate Change; Remembering a Death at Pearl Harbor

Bytemarks Café: Coconut Rhino Beetle Update

May 31, 2017
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Flickr / Scot Nelson

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll talk about unwanted, invasive species that are establishing themselves in Hawaii. We’ll find out their effect on the environment and what efforts are being implemented to control or eradicate them.

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Experts are saying it’s too late to eradicate an invasive plant on the Big Island.

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Invasive species are a familiar problem in Hawai‘i. They are a challenge for any island community—and that includes New Zealand—which is trying a new tactic in an old fight. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A local conservation group is pushing for legislation to study and control wild parakeets on Kauai.

The Rose-ringed parakeet is believed to have been introduced to the island during the 1960s.

In recent decades, its population has grown exponentially raising health, agriculture and conservation concerns.

It's believed the parakeets pose a threat to Kauai's agricultural future by eating crops. And it's believed they will also strip the seeds of endangered native plants.

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Marufish / Flickr

People on every island across the state are familiar with invasive species. One of the most dangerous is the little fire ant, found in the biggest concentration on the windward side of the Big Island of Hawai‘i. And now a similar problem is plaguing a part of Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Invasive Alien Species, IAS, are organisms introduced outside their natural range. This week, Hawai'i committed itself to a comprehensive new bio security plan against invasive alien species, but its success depends partly on how vigilant others are.  In 2010, nearly all the world‘s governments agreed to address IAS, but today, only three percent of countries are on track to meet international commitments.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the Honolulu Challenge issued at the World Conservation Congress hopes to reinvigorate positive efforts.

The Conversation: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Mar 22, 2016
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Hawaii Democratic Caucus;  Recycling Invasive Algae;  Neal Conan;  Bestselling Author Simon Winchester

Discussion of the Democratic Presidential Poll: Rep Takashi Ohno

Yvonne Yarber Carter
Yvonne Yarber Carter

Fountain Grass originates from Africa and was introduced to Hawaiʻi Island in the 20th century.  It has become a major threat due to its adaptation to fire.  The wild fires that sometimes rage on the Kona coast destroy native plants and clear the way for fountain grass to move in.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Big Island Invasive Species Committee
Big Island Invasive Species Committee

Invasive species threaten the well being of native flora and fauna. This threat takes many forms, a fungus, a disease, a plant or animal. The legacy of the presence of invasive species is felt across the islands. On Hawai'i island, the Big Island Invasive Species Committee is conducting outreach and education projects, and building strategies to combat invasive species.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Kauaʻi Coqui

Feb 3, 2016
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The Coqui frog threat is far more serious than mere noise pollution. It dines on unique species of spiders and insects and competes with endemic birds and other native fauna. On the Garden Isle, the Kauaʻi Invasive Species Committee has successfully managed to eradicate an army of invading Coqui frogs.

Christopher Phillips explains...

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