The Kauai Invasive Species Committee is funded entirely by grants and donations. All donations will be directed toward continuing KISC’s work protecting the biodiversity and natural resources of Kauai.
All donations are 100% tax deductible!
Become a Guardian of the Garden Isle!
Guardians of the Garden Isle are concerned citizens of Kauai who have committed to help protect the island from invasive species.
In order to join the network of Guardians, you must:
- Pledge to take action in helping to prevent the spread of invasive species (read ideas of how to take action below!)
- Choose a membership level and sign up.
- All memberships in the network come with a Guardian of the Garden Isle membership card (provide mailing address to receive). And with a donation, each membership comes with a complimentary Guardians of the Garden Isle gift!
Donate through PayPal
Join the Gaurdian of the Garden Isle network! Choose your level of membership and donation. If you would like to donate through PayPal, a nominal fee is deducted from the donation. PayPal donations are routed through Garden Island Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. a 501 c(3) non-profit.
- You may donate by Paypal.
- Already signed up to our email list? Click here to update your profile as a Guardian
Checks can be mailed to KISC’s on-island nonprofit fiscal umbrella, Garden Island Resource Conservation and Development. Please make checks out to “Garden Island RC&D” and make a note that the donation is for KISC. A receipt will be mailed to you.
If you donate by check (Checks made to: GIRC&D), be sure to still sign up for a membership!
Mail checks to:
Garden Island RC&D, Inc.
4253 Rice Street, Suite C
Lihue, HI 96746
Once you secure the well being of your family and friends, you may choose to include in your will a significant donation to help preserve the unique biodiversity of Kauai by donating to KISC. If important changes occur in your life, you can always modify your will according to your situation.
A charitable bequest continues to be one of the simplest and most accessible means of planning a gift. There are many ways to do so:
- Specific bequest (a fixed amount or identifiable asset);
- Designating KISC as contingent beneficiary in the event of death of the primary beneficiary;
- Designating KISC as beneficiary of a life insurance policy;
In each case, a tax receipt will be issued for use in the final tax return. The fiscal advantages that follow from charitable bequests can dramatically reduce the taxes to be paid out by the estate.
Contact a legal or financial advisor for more information and have them contact Garden Island Resource Conservation and Development, (a 501c3). 808-246-0006.
Here are some actions you can take to become a Guardian of the Garden Isle!
- Clean or brush off your gear/shoes/dogs, after hiking or hunting in the forest. Cleaning you gear ensures that you will not track potentially invasive seeds or other pests to different parts of the island.
- Report a Pest If you think you see a mongoose, hear a coqui frog, or see any other invasive species listed on our KISC Pest page, we want to know about it! Contact us at (808) 821-1490 or KISC@hawaii.edu
- Go native Choosing native plants for landscaping at your home or place of business helps keep the native ecosystem healthy, they provide food and habitat for native insects and birds, and are often easier to maintain that non-native plants!
- Plant Pono Replacing invasive plants in your yard with non-invasive plants helps stop the spread of invasive species. Invasive plants can easily spread from a backyard into a natural area or forest. Check out the Plant Pono website for good replacement plant ideas. And check out the KISC Pests page to learn what invasive plants KISC will remove for free from your yard!
- Buy Local Buying plants from nurseries who source locally or propagate on island, is key in protecting Kauai from invasive species that can easily hitch hike in plants from other islands. For example, Coqui Frogs, and Little Fire Ants are widespread in some nurseries on Big Island. Don’t be afraid to ask a nursery associate if the plants you are buying, were sourced locally.