The interisland movement of all ʻōhiʻa plant or plant parts, including firewood, from Hawai’i Island to any other island is illegal and prohibited. This rule is intended to slow the spread of an aggressive pathogen of ‘Ōhi‘a, Ceratocystis wilt.
Many visitors to Hawaii live in areas under quarantine for pests such as imported fire ant, pests affecting citrus, and other invasive species. It is illegal to move any regulated items (most firewood is considered a regulated item) from quarantined zones out of those states and into Hawaii. There are restrictions on pine in relation to the pine shoot moth. 20 states are currently regulated for pine shoot moth and pine cannot be brought from regulated areas into Hawaii without a certificate of approved treatment. Hawaii has infestations of the giant african snail and Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death, two destructive invasive species that can spread via the movement of firewood, so transporting firewood across or between any of the islands should be avoided to prevent the accidental further movement of these threats. This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 24 February 2020.
Hawaii Web Resources:
- Ōhi‘a Quarantine Permanent, State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture
- Ōhi‘a Quarantine, State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture
- Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
- Hawaii Invasive Species Programs
- Hawaii Invasive Species Council: Invasive Species
- Hungry Pests, Hawaii page
- Giant African Snail information
- Ceratocystis Wilt of ‘Ōhi‘a
- Traveling From the US mainland to Hawaii – Plant Industry Division
- Special Note to Firewood and Wood Product Businesses and Importers: USDA APHIS requires that all firewood imported into Hawaii from a foreign country be treated prior to importation and all importers get a Timber and Timber Products Import Permit. In general, firewood from another State may be imported into Hawaii under the notice, labeling, and inspection requirements of section 150A-5 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”) unless the species is subject to a specific quarantine in Hawaii.
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