Hawai’i

Hawai’i has strict regulations in place to contain the spread of invasive forest pests both already in the state as well as those that have the potential to cause irreversible damage should they be introduced. Many of these harmful pests infest new areas when people travel with firewood. As a result, the following laws restrict the movement of firewood to protect forest health in Hawai’i and elsewhere.

Within and out of Hawai’i:

  • Hawai’i prohibits the transport of all ‘Ōhi‘a plant or plant parts, including firewood, between any of the islands to slow the spread of the aggressive Ceratocystis wilt fungal pathogen which causes Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death (ROD)
  • It is illegal to move unprocessed firewood out of Hawai’i due to the state’s giant African land snail infestation

From Other states into Hawai’i:

This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 16 July 2021.

Hawai’i Web Resources:

Firewood Business Related Information:

Special Note to Firewood and Wood Product Businesses and Importers: USDA APHIS requires that all importers obtain a Timber and Timber Products Import Permit and treat all firewood and unprocessed wood products before importing into Hawai’i from a foreign country. In general, firewood from another State may be imported into Hawai’i under the notice, labeling, and inspection requirements of section 150A-5 of the Hawai’i Revised Statutes (“HRS”) unless the species is subject to a specific quarantine in Hawai’i. Also refer to the following documents for additional information.

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