Endorsed businesses are those who practice and promote making “pono” plant decisions that will benefit the health and well being of Kauai.
Each Pono Landscaper and Pono Nursery has committed to stop the sale of specific invasive plants.
There are two lists, as follows:
The Black List is comprised of 39 plant species that are actively being controlled by one or multiple agencies on island. These plants are managed or removed from federal, state, county, and/or private land. Some of the plants on the Black List are candidates for complete eradication from Kauai. The sale or use of any plants on the Black List will immediately discontinue at the commencement of a business’s Endorsement. Any Kauai residents with Black List plants in their yard are encouraged to have them removed.
The Phase Out List is comprised of 15 plant species that are known to be widespread and invasive in various habitats in Hawaii. These plants are known to be both garden and environmental weeds. While some of these species are not agency controlled, they are very destructive to Kauai’s native ecosystem. Over the course of two years, plants on this list will be phased out of nursery stock and planned landscape designs. The sale or use of any plants on the Phase Out List will cease at the end of two years, and the current Phase Out List plants will be retired to the Black List. Residents with Phase Out List plants in their yard are encouraged to remove them and replace with “pono” alternatives.
For more information about “pono alternatives”, please visit: www.plantpono.org