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Pono Businesses


The Pono Endorsement Program is a voluntary partnership between nursery and landscaping businesses, Plant Pono, and Kauai Invasive Species Committee (KISC).  Pono Endorsed Businesses make pono commitments and follow Best Management Practices to reduce the spread and introduction of invasive species. Some exapmles include:

  • Pre-screen all new incoming plants using the Hawaii Pacific Weed Risk Assessment (HPWRA)
  • Attempt to source all plants locally or from other Pono Endorsed businesses
  • Immediately discontinue the sale of Black List plants (any plants that are currently agency-controlled in the forest)
  • Over the course of 2 years discontinue the sale of Phase Out List plants (plants that are commonly found to escape backyards into the forest)
  • Survey and inspect all incoming material from off-island for Little Fire Ant and Coqui Frog
  • Disinfect gear & equipment between sites, yards, or regions of the island

To learn more about enrolling your business in the Pono Endorsement Program, visit KISC's website, or contact Rachel Smith at

Kauai Endorsed Businesses

Kauai Seascapes Nursery, Inc
4741 Kahili Holo Rd
Kilauea (Kalihiwai), HI 96756 - Serina Marchi Roush

Permaculture Kauai    
6227 Koolau Rd
Kilauea, HI 96756
(808) 643-5412 - Ray Maki

Ron’s Nursery & Yard Service
Laipo Road
Kapaa, HI 96746
(808) 652-4129 - Ron Barretto

Kauai Nursery & Landscaping, Inc
3-1550 Kaumualii Hwy.
Lihue, HI 96766
(808) 245-7747 - Jimmy Toledo

Garden Island Flower Farms & Woodchipping  
Driveway at the end of Kapahi Rd,   
Kapaa HI 96746     
(808) 634-3204 - Steve Sico

Honeybee Gardens LLC (Landscaper)                                                              - Melissa Newhouse

Southside Landscaping & Maintenance (Landscaper)                                            - Garrett Scales

Native by Design (Landscaper) - Dayne Johnson

Windward Maintenance & Landscaping - Brian Chapman


The Big Island

Plant Pono and the Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC) have created an endorsement program to recognize nurseries who are proactive in their attempts to prevent the spread of invasive species within their communities. Please contact Molly Murphy at for information on becoming endorsed.

Endorsed nurseries on the Big Island agree to: 

  • Discontinue the sale of 42 documented invasive plant species
  • Follow all state and federal laws related to shipping and selling plants
  • Allow BIISC to conduct an annual, scheduled nursery visit
  • Source plants and planting media locally when feasible
  • Promote the use of non-invasive or native plant species over high-risk plants
  • When considering introducing a new plant species to the state, nurseries request a free, non-binding assessment from the Hawaii-Pacific Weed Risk Assessment. The HPWRA is a scientific model which predicts a species' likelihood to become invasive in Hawaii based on the plant's botany, reproduction, climate suitability, and behavior in similar ecosystems.  

Big Island Endorsed Nurseries:

South Kona Nursery
87-368 Kaohe Mauka Rd, Captain Cook, HI 96704
(808) 328-7338  Dennis Newkirk

Kalaoa Gardens
73-4261 Lau'i Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(808) 326-PALM Garret and Julie Webb

Southern Turf
73-494 Kaiminani Dr
PO Box 2092
Kailua-Kona 96745
(808) 331-8837 Rob Nelson

The Nursery, Inc
73-4301 Laui ST
Kailua-Kona 96740
(808) 906-9082 Guy Cellier

Garden Gifts & Things
79-7372 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kealakekua, Hi 96750
(808)430-7310 Jacque Green

Panaewa Foliage, Inc
859 Awa st
Hilo, Hi 96720
(808)938-6290 Kurt

Tropical Edibles
83-5696 Mamalahoa Hwy
Captain Cook, Hi 96704
(808) 328-0420

Nui Loa Hiki 
PO Box 206
Naalehu, HI 96772
(808) 937-6305 Dezmond

Sustainable Bioresources
P.O. Box 350
Naalehu, HI 96772
(808)339-7325 Edward Rau

PO Box 905 Kamuela, 96743 (mailing)
64-261 Mana Place, Kamuela 96743 (physical)
(808) 885-7418 Sandy and Everett 

Seaview Farms 
12-159 Mapuana Ave.
Pahoa, HI 96778 
(808) 769-2999 Rob Guzman

Aloha Green
P.O. Box 1146
Hilo, HI 96721
(808)896-4079 Dylan Shropshire

Florabunda Palms & Exotics
PO Box 635 
Mountain View, HI 96771
(808) 896-4079 Jeff Marcus

Aikane Nursery
PO Box 51708 Kapaau,Hi 96755(mailing)
55-3472 Akoni Pule Hwy, Hawi (physical)
(808) 889-5906 Brad Belmarez

Pu’u’ala Farm & Ranch, inc
44-2224 Government Main Rd
Honokaa, HI 96727
(636)219-7969 Alexis

Cardens Gardens
87-2508 Luana Place
Captain Cook, Hi 96704
(808) 345-7337 Cheryl

Hawaiian Reforestation Program
Mountain View, HI 96771
(808)769-0683 Mark Hanson

Kahuku Gifts and Garden shop
92-1329 Prince Kuhio Blvd, Ste 4
Captain Cook, Hi 96704
(808) 939-9202 Lisa Barsell

Elemental Plants 
PO Box 1308
Honokaa, Hawaii 96727
(808)775-9198 Michael Gibson