Hawaii County Biology and Botany (Invasive Species, Etc)

July 30, 2023

All about Hawaii Invasive Species and critters you may encounter here!

  1. Invasive Species: Alien plants, insects, vertebrates and invertebrates have been introduced to the Hawaiian Islands from all corners of the world. Some of the latest new arrivals have been, and Miconia Calvescens (a showy, tropical plant that spreads quickly).  hawaiiinvasivespecies.org
  2. Coqui Frogs: Coqui frogs have inhabited many areas throughout Hawaii. They make unique sounds at night, often sounding like birds.  Buyer(s) are advised to visit properties at various times both day and night during the J1 Inspection period to ensure the level of sound is acceptable.  Note that sound levels may vary depending on location, weather, time of year and other factors. https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/info/invasive-species-profiles/coqui/
  3. Insects and other pests: Cockroaches, centipedes, mosquitoes, fire ants, wasps, mongoose, rats and other pests have been introduced into Hawaii over several centuries.  https://a-z-animals.com/blog/hawaii-centipedes/ 
  4. Termites: There’s a saying, “There’s only two types of homes in Hawaii, those with termites and those that are going to get them.”  It might be a bit of an exaggeration, but there is some truth when dealing with wood structures in Hawaii. https://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/oc/freepubs/pdf/HSP-1.pdf, https://www.jamieneely.com/  ctahr.hawaii.edu
  5. Red Fire Ants: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/info/invasive-species-profiles/little-fire-ant/ and littlefireants.com
  6. Albizia Trees: Albizia trees are found mainly on the East Side of Hawaii.  They are considered invasive and can be hazardous to people and structures.  They are found predominantly on the east side of Hawaii Country.  Review the following website for more information on Albizia mitigation:  https://www.hppoa.net/general-information/albizia-tree-information/ and https://www.biisc.org/wp-content/uploads/The-Tree-That-Ate-Puna-compressed.pdf