It is illegal to move any Ohia (‘Ōhi‘a) material, including firewood, between Hawaiians islands. 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. 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 8 January 2018.
Hawaii Web Resources:
- Ohia Quarantine, State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture
- Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
- Hawaii Invasive Species Council
- Hungry Pests, Hawaii page
- Giant African Snail information
- Ceratocystis wilt of ‘Ōhi‘a
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