Nominations are now available to honor Maui’s invasive species prevention efforts
Nominations are now being accepted to honor invasive species prevention efforts in Maui County. The Mālama i ka ʻĀina award has been given annually since 2003 to a landscaper, plant supplier (retail and/or wholesale nurseries and garden centers) or commercial/agricultural property in recognition of their efforts to ward off invasive species of Maui County. Maui County, the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals, and the Maui Invasive Species Committee sponsor and present the award.
The winner will be announced at the Arbor Day Garden Expo and Hawaiian Tree Giveaway on November 5, 2022 at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens. The event includes talks on tree and plant care, educational booths, and a giveaway of over 1,000 Hawaiian trees.
The Mālama i ka ʻĀina winner will receive a koa plaque, a glass sculpture of a native species by artist Jupiter Nielsen, a free one-year membership in the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals, and recognition from local media.
Nominators are asked to explain how the nominee’s activities or decisions have addressed the pest threat on Maui through their industry.
Past recipients of the Mālama i ka ʻĀina award have been recognized for their significant efforts to prevent the spread of invasive species, including incorporating codes of conduct into business practices, educating the public and customers about invasive species, and encouraging the use of native species in landscaping.
The application form is available at www.mauiinvasive.org/MIKA and must be submitted no later than Friday, August 15, 2022. Self-nominations are welcome. Questions regarding the award and nomination form may be directed to MISC Public Relations and Education Specialist Serena Fukushima at 808-572-6472 or [email protected] For more information on the Arbor Day Garden Expo and the Hawaiian Tree Giveaway, visit www.arbordayexpo.com.