Senator J. Kalani English
Chair, Committee on Energy, Environment, and International Affairs
State Capitol, Room 205
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813
Contact: Ainoa Naniole
18 July, 2006
Senator English Appointed to Hawai'i Invasive Species Council
Senator J. Kalani English (D-Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i, and Kaho'olawe) has been appointed to the Hawai'i Invasive Species Council (HISC), effective immediately. Sen. English, who sponsored the original legislation that created the HISC, will represent Maui County on the Council. The Council will operate under the banner of the State's Department of Land and Natural Resources. "I am proud to serve on this important organization," Sen. English said today. "It is vital for the State and the public to recognize the importance of a coordinated policy to eliminate the species that threaten our environment and our economy."
The other Senate appointees to the HISC are Sen. Russell S. Kokobun (Big Island), Sen. Carol Fukunaga (O'ahu), and Sen. Gary L. Hooser (Kauai). All are members of the Senate Water, Land, and Agriculture Committee. The HISC was created to halt the spread of new invasive species and work to eliminate such species as the Coqui frog, Salvinia molesta, Miconia calvescens, and dengue fever. Sen. English said, "Invasive species have caused millions of dollars in damage to crops, led to the elimination of indigenous species, and spread disease. We will need to work hard to undo the mistakes that have been made in the past and ensure that they are not repeated."
Act 109 authorized the appointment of one Senator and one Representative from each county to the HISC. Senator English represents two counties: the County of Maui and the County of Kalawao (Kalaupapa).