May 2018: Big Island beekeepers are being warned to be on the look out for signs of this deadly disease. There is no treatment available, so infected hives must be destroyed. Prevention and early detection are critical! Read more here.
- Sat, March 16, 2019; Hawaiian Paradise Park Activity Center (16th & Maku’u) 9 am-10:30 am
- Sat, May 18, 2019; Hawaiian Paradise Park Activity Center (16th & Maku’u) 9 am-10:30 am
- Sat, July 20, 2019; Hawaiian Paradise Park Activity Center (16th & Maku’u) 9 am-10:30 am
- Sat, September 21, 2019; Hawaiian Paradise Park Activity Center (16th & Maku’u) 9 am-10:30 am
- Sat, November 16, 2019; Hawaiian Paradise Park Activity Center (16th & Maku’u) 9 am-10:30 am
Little fire ants (LFA) continue to threaten Hawaiʻi’s environment, agriculture, human health, and way of life. Are you interested in learning more about LFA and how to manage them on your property? Take that first step by attending one of our upcoming events.
Town Hall events are an opportunity to learn from different agencies that work to tackle LFA and broader invasive species issues. Learn about LFA treatment from the Hawaii Ant Lab (HAL) and how to improve the state’s biosecurity from the Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC) and the Little Fire Ant HUI.
Community Information Sessions are geared towards educating residents about LFA and how to successfully control them on your property. Attendees will learn about LFA biology and behavior, different treatment methods/products, and how neighborhood groups can qualify for a free demo day, which includes a hands-on demonstration of bait mixing and application.
Interested in learning how to control young albizia BEFORE these fast-growing trees become a menace? Want to know more about how to contact absentee landowners or report trees in the ROW? Come to an albizia workshop and learn how to take ACTION on albizia.
If you lived in Puna (or anywhere on the island) through Tropical Storm Iselle, you are likely well aware of the damage and impact these large, weak trees can have on a neighborhood. We are proud to be supporting island communities that are reclaiming their neighborhoods and turning back the tide against albizia one tree at a time.
INFORMATION SESSION EVERY OTHER 3RD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH at HPP Activity Center, 9am: Join us for an information session about albizia! Learn the proper technique for assessing trees for control and how to control them safely and effectively using a minimal amount of herbicide. Learn the steps you can take to report dangerous hazardous trees in your community. Join the HPP residential cost-sharing program for affordable amounts of Milestone herbicide. Event is from 9-10am at the Hawaiian Paradise Park Activity Center, 16th & Maku’u.
Upcoming Albizia presentations in HPP:
Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday November 16, 2019
Albizia Assassin events include hands-on with our albizia field crew, handling sharp tools and herbicide. If you plan to participate in the hands-on trainings or workdays, please wear/bring:
- sturdy, closed toe shoes (required)
- long pants (req)
- long sleeved shirt (req)
- water bottle (we provide ice-cold water for refills)
- Optional for comfort: hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellant
Upcoming Assassin Events: none scheduled
We may stumble across LFA (little fire ants) in some areas, so we also recommend bringing a hat and towel or cloth you can use to protect your neck and collar line (ants will fall from the trees when disturbed).
If you would like to bring an information session or training day to YOUR community, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Have hatchets, will travel!
Little fire ants (LFA) are a severe problem across the Big Island, affecting residents’ abilities to live our daily lives. But you can get these critters under control! With vigilance and commitment, we can work together to stop the spread of little fire ant and reclaim ground against this nuisance. LFA threaten our food security and well-being in Hawai’i, and we hope you’re ready to join us in stopping the ant.
October is Stop-the-Ant month in Hawaii, and we are encouraging all residents to test for little fire ants using a simple survey with peanut butter. Many people believe they do not have fire ants because they have not been stung, but ants can be present for 6 months to a year before you begin to notice them! Only by surveying can you be sure your property is fire ant free.
If you do have fire ants, did you know that it is possible to treat effectively and safely, and ensure that you, your children, and your pets can safely enjoy your home and yard? Check out our Little Fire Ant information page to learn more.
Join us at the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Howl’ween PetWalks to get more information about little fire ant. Bring in frozen ant samples and have them identified on site to confirm if you have little fire ants!
Sat Oct 21 Hilo Liliuokalani Gardens 7:30 am
Sat Oct 28 Kona King Kamehameha Hotel 7:30 am
Community information sessions on little fire ants:
Thurs, Oct 26 @6pm at Kealekehe Elementary School library
Wed, Nov 1 @6pm at Laupahoehoe Community PCS school cafeteria
Come and learn what you need to know to stop the ant!
Attention West side landscapers & gardeners: a training designed just for you is coming to Kona on September 30! Join us to learn about how to find, identify, and treat yards for little fire ants. Get some hands-on experience mixing and applying gel bait, and learn what products are best to use for different landscapes. Learn how to incorporate best practices into your business for preventing the spread of LFA.
HCC Palamanui Campus
73-4225 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona
Saturday September 30
Training made possible by the Hawaii Island Landscaping Association, the LFA Hui, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, and the Hawaii County Council.
June 12- 14, 2017
The Pilina Program: Connecting teachers with ‘aina-based resources and opportunities to enhance learning and engage students.
The Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC) is partnering with the Hawai’i Environmental Education Alliance (HEEA) and the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) to offer a series of workshops for educators interested in integrating hands-on, experiential, place based environmental education into their classroom lessons. All environmental education themes are standards-based and will be aligned to HCPS III science standards and/or CCSS and NGSS. Teachers will receive training, materials and resources from several distinct curricula, presented by representatives of HEEA and community partners.
This 3-day, 3-credit PDE3 course will bring together teachers, environmental educators, and natural resource professionals. The course materials will focus on lessons appropriate for 4-10, but teachers at all grade levels are welcome to participate, and will learn how to modify lessons to fit to grade level. Standards covered will include science, ELA, math and social studies.
- 3 HIDOE PDE3 Credits
- Connect with a network of community partners: BIISC, Hawaii Project Learning Tree, Imi Pono No Ka ‘Aina, Teaching Change,Division of Forestry and Wildlife – NARS, Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance, Mokupapapa Discovery Center, PREL
- Gain valuable field experiences
- Model activities
- Receive classroom resources (posters, assessment tools, curricula, etc.)
- Opportunities for field trip funding
- Funding available to purchase classroom supplies to implement lessons
- Build Collaborative Learning Communities
- Receive support for reflection and portfolio development
- Morning snacks and a healthy, locally prepared lunch
East Side Workshop Sessions (must attend all three days to earn credit): Hilo-Pahoa-Volcano
Registration: Register on HSTA website.
Space is limited. #PD181820 . Non-HSTA teachers: please contact Franny Brewer at email@example.com.
Cost: $150. Scholarships available!
Pahala Community Center : Free Community Information Session 6:00-7:30
Little fire ants have been detected in Pahala. Join us for an educational presentation on the threat of LFA, learn about the behavior and habits, and most importantly, find out what you can do to make your property fire-ant free! Attendees can qualify their neighborhood for a FREE treatment demonstration and application with ongoing support. Share with us your experiences and challenges in fighting fire ants. Don’t miss this important community session! Call 933-3340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
West Hawaii teachers – join us for a free workshop to help in the effort to track and fight fire ants on the Big Island! Get your students involved in a citizen science project to learn where LFA infestations are on the West side. Connect with free online mapping tools and curricula you can use in your classroom. Learn about little fire ants, their biology, ecology, and history in Hawaii, and take home materials you can use to discuss invasive species and little fire ants with your students.
April 8, Waimea Middle School or May 6 Innovations Charter School in Kona
9am – 12pm (snacks provided)
Email email@example.com with your name, school, and grade level to sign up!
No fooling’! We’ve controlled thousands of trees around Lava Tree park, and we’re not done yet. Join us from 9-12 on Saturday, April 1 for our volunteer workday. All levels of albizia control experience are welcome. Work side by side with our crew and the Albizia Assassins from your neighborhood and learn how to safely and effectively control albizia of any size.
In 2014 Tropical Storm Iselle wreaked havoc on the iconic Puna “tree tunnel”. Trees that towered 250′ above the road came crashing down, blocking access and egress from many areas in lower Puna. Territorial-era tree planting records show the trees in this area were planted in the 1930s and 40s- meaning those trees were only 80 years old (or less)! Months later, concerned citizens noticed the albizia beginning to regrow along the road, and asked for help with controlling the threat. In October 2015, BIISC worked with volunteers from the community in this area as a celebration of Puna Resiliency. We committed to controlling the new growth along the highway as well as working to control the large trees which continue to seed the area, and this will be our FOURTH event at the site.
Our volunteer crews are always a great group, and these events are a lot of fun! Learn how to control albizia while working up a sweat, and start your weekend off making a contribution to your community. Last time we controlled 2,840 trees in just 3 hours – what can we accomplish with your help?
Just come prepared in long sleeves, long plants, and sturdy, closed toe shoes. We recommend water bottles and hats – but we provide everything else. Hatchets, hardhats, gloves, and all necessary equipment will be provided.
Earn a free albizia assassin t-shirt to show the world your commitment to a safe and resilient Puna community!
On Saturday, January 21st, BIISC will be offering a workshop on control of little fire ants (LFA) in Leilani. Learn about the unusual ecology and habits of these ants in order to plan the most effective treatment. We will discuss different products, how they are used, and how to select the right product for your situation. We will also discuss how you can lower your costs and boost long-term results by working with your neighbors to combat LFA on a neighborhood scale, and provide some helpful strategies for engaging your neighbors in working together.
We will begin the day with registration and sign in from 9-9:30, followed by an informational presentation. The second half of the workshop will focus on mixing and applying treatment products in the park, and we will be sharing a simple recipe formula that you can use to mix Tango gel bait at home. We want you to get hands-on with mixing and applying the treatment, so please bring/dress in long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes, and be ready to get a little messy!
*If you previously attended one of BIISC’s LFA community information classes, you need only attend the the mixing demo to qualify for the County Voucher program. Email Kawehi (below) to reserve your space and let her know if you already attended a class.
Qualify for County Vouchers
This workshop will qualify you for the County of Hawaii voucher coupon program. This coupon program will help defray some of the cost of purchasing certain LFA control products. There are only a limited supply of coupons and this county program won’t last forever. Don’t miss out on this chance to get everything you need to plan your defense against LFA! RSVP below to reserve your space.
SPACE IS LIMITED – PLEASE RSVP TO ENSURE YOUR PLACE! Email Jade at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 933-3340
If you have already attended one of our classes and only want to attend the mixing demo, please indicate that in your email!