Plant Pono is a voluntary partnership based on a set of shared values between the Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC) and green businesses on Hawai’i Island. Together we believe it is important to protect and promote:
- Native ecosystems and biodiversity;
- Forested watersheds that collect and store water;
- Productive agriculture and locally-produced food;
- Economic viability of local businesses.
The best way to combat invasive species is to not sell or propagate them. Green Industries play a key role in stopping the spread of invasive species. Plant Pono is a way to be honored and promoted for conducting business in a pono (righteous) way.
The Plant Pono program seeks to recognize exemplary businesses who act to protect their business, community, and island from the threat of invasive species.
Endorsed nurseries on the Big Island agree to:
- Discontinue the sale of the No Grow! plants (9 invasive plants).
- Schedule an annual visit of nursery, grounds, and/or work areas by representatives of the Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC).
- Promote the use of non-invasive or native plant species over high-risk plants.
- When considering introducing a new plant species to the state, nurseries request a free, non-binding assessment from the Hawaii-Pacific Weed Risk Assessment. The HPWRA is a scientific model which predicts a species’ likelihood to become invasive in Hawaii based on the plant’s botany, reproduction, climate suitability, and behavior in similar ecosystems.
- Follow best management practices to reduce the spread via plant materials of coqui frogs, little fire ants, and other identified noxious pests such as Rapid Ohia Death (ROD).
Advantages to the Plant Pono Endorsement
- Tailor-made, expert pest advice for LFA, coqui, and plants;
- Signage, stickers, and an electronic decal with the Plant Pono logo;
- Promotion of your business on two websites, at trade shows and educational booths;
- A way to show your customers you care while building and maintaining a quality brand for your business!