Welcome to KISC!
The Kauaʻi Invasive Species Committee (KISC) is a project of the University of Hawaiʻi- Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit. Our team works to prevent, control, or eliminate the most threatening invasive plant and animal species in order to preserve Kauaʻi’s native biodiversity and minimize adverse ecological, agricultural, economical, and cultural impacts.
What We Do
We monitor high-risk sites island-wide and respond to new introductions of priority pest species to prevent their establishment and spread.
Control & Eradication
We continue long term control and eradication efforts on high-impact species to prevent their spread into our watersheds and agricultural areas.
We engage with our community to demonstrate the destructive impacts invasive species have on our island way of life and to inspire ways to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species.
Little Fire Ants have invaded multiple locations on Kauaʻi. KISC is currently responding to 3 active sites and monitoring 2 sites that were previously infested with LFA.
The earlier new populations are detected, the greater the chance we have to successfully contain them. Once LFAs start biting across large swaths of land, it may be too late. Now is the time to come together as a community and prevent the long term impact on our island.
Learn about the impacts of LFA and how you can prevent the spread on our LFA info hub.