Kiai i Na Moku O Maui Nui (Guarding the Islands of Maui County) (newsletter of the Maui Invasive Species Committee [MISC])
Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC)
Kiai i Na Moku o Maui Nui (Guarding the Islands of Maui County) is the newsletter of the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC). You may subscribe to e-mail delivery of MISC newsletters. If you would like to receive newsletters by postal mail, contact MISC Public Relations at miscpr@hawaii.edu.

Moeana Besa and her family live in a part of Tahiti plagued by little fire ants.     Spring 2012 issue View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format (7124 KB) New!
This newsletter reports on how Little Fire Ant (LFA) infestations have devastated the lives of families in Tahiti, and how LFA colonies were discovered and eradicated on Maui. With an informed public and new science to combat LFA, we can protect Maui's carefree lifestyle from the big pain of this tiny invader.

Albizia tree girdled with chainsaw on Molokai.     Winter 2010-2011 issue View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format (2503 KB) New!
How does a two-person team control 850 invasive trees? If you're MoMISC, you ask for permission first - from the landowner, the ancestors, and the trees themselves. The newsletter features MoMISC's efforts on Molokai, where cultural protocol is integral to the remarkable progress against invasives.

Randy Ranbar Bartlett earlier in his tenure as MISC's chair.     Summer 2010 issue View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format (9505 KB)
The battle against miconia, the "worst weed in the world", a recap of the 2009 International Miconia Conference: Pulling It All Together, and aloha to MISC chair Randy Bartlett, are featured in the newsletter.

Biologists discovered a significant breeding colony of uau, the Hawaiian petrel, on Lanaihale.     Fall 2009 issue View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format (2222 KB)
Lanai is the focus of this newsletter, with articles about the island's Hawaiian petrel colony, Lanaihale Forest and Watershed Project, and botanizing with Lanai local Bob Hobdy.

Chuck Chimera checks for potentially invasive plants.     Fall 2008 issue View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format (2291 KB)
Some of MISC's top successes are stories you've never heard. MISC's early detection of potential pests and rapid response strategies to eliminate threats are working to prevent invasions.

Larvae of the butterfly <i>Euselasia chrysippe</i> consuming miconia     Fall 2007 issue View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format (1496 KB)
Miconia is the most aggressive weed threatening Maui's watersheds. This issue features the potential for biocontrol of miconia, and the remarkable crew who battle this invader.

coqui frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui) Spring 2007 issue View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format (1371 KB)
This issue features coqui frog, a little noisy frog whose native home is Puerto Rico but has found its way to Maui.

pampas grass (Cortaderia sp.) invades natural areas in Hawaii Fall 2006 issue View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format (1305 KB)
This issue features pampas grass, an invasive plant that is intruding native habitats throughout our islands.


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