Coffee Berry Borer Confirmed On Kauai


The coffee berry borer has been confirmed in a residential area in Kalaheo on Kauai, state agricultural officials announced Thursday.

This is Kauai’s first detection of the coffee plant pest that has been established on Hawaii Island, Maui and Oahu for several years.

On Sept. 3, a Kalaheo resident submitted suspected infested coffee berries to the Kauai Invasive Species Committee, which sent the samples to the state Department of Agriculture and University of Hawaii, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. The samples were forwarded to the department’s Plant Pest Control Branch in Honolulu, where an entomologist confirmed CBB on Sept. 4.

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