A prickly situation managed

  • Contributed by Tiffani Keanini

    A field technician carefully displays the long-thorn kiawe on the Westside.

  • Contributed by Tiffani Keanini

    An area of beach vegetation regrows after long-thorn kiawe was removed by the Kaua‘i Invasive Species Committee on the Westside.

  • Contributed by Tiffani Keanini

    The Kaua‘i Invasive Species Committee’s crew removes long-thorn kiawe.

  • Contributed by Tiffani Keanini

    The long-thorn kiawe is known to puncture the a tire of a car.

  • Kim S. Rogers, Kaua‘i Invasive Species Committee / Special to The Garden Island

    The coqui frog is a small tree frog larger than 1 inch long. It has a round body shape. The coloration is variable from light yellow to dark brown, with broad, rounded snouts with toe pads. The frog has caused an estimated $3 million in damages because it has no natural predators.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Cattails populate a drainage canal in Hanapepe, immediately behind the green waste area of the Hanapepe Refuse Transfer station and the Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity headquarters and thrift store.

KAPA‘A — Though 2020 has brought many changes to activities and businesses on the island, the Kaua‘i Invasive Species Committee and other invasive-species-control groups have been hard at work.

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