Nominations being accepted for invasive species prevention award

Nominations are being accepted to honor invasive species prevention efforts within Maui County. The Malama i ka Aina Award is presented annually to a landscaper, plant provider (retail and wholesale nurseries and garden shops), or commercial/agricultural property owner/manager to recognize their efforts to keep invasive species out of Maui County.

The award is a cooperative effort of the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals, the Maui Invasive Species Committee and Maui County.

The winner will be announced June 14 at the 19th annual Maui Association of Landscape Professionals’ Lawn & Garden Fair at the Maui Mall. The winner will receive a plaque and a sculpture by local glass artist Jupiter Nielsen, a one-year free membership with the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals and local media recognition.

Applicants are asked to explain how the nominee’s activities or decisions have contributed to keeping Maui free from invasive species. Examples include: not selling or using invasive plants; steps taken to learn about invasives; and efforts to reduce use of invasive species by other customers.

Applications are due by May 30 and are available from the Maui Invasive Species Committee at or the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals at

Completed nominations may be sent by email to, by fax to 573-6475, or by mail to MISC, P.O. Box 983, Makawao 96768. There is no fee to apply.

Self-nominations are welcome. For more information, call 573-6472 or email