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Nominations Now Accepted to Honor Invasive Species Prevention in Maui County

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The 2020 award featured a plaque and a glass sculpture of native Hawaiian sandalwood, or ʻiliahi, by glass artist Jupiter Nielsen.

Nominations are now being accepted to honor invasive species prevention efforts within Maui County. The Mālama i ka ʻĀina has been presented annually since 2003 to a landscaper, plant provider (retail and/or wholesale nurseries and garden shops), or commercial/agricultural property in recognition of their efforts to keep invasive species out of Maui County.

The County of Maui, the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals, and the Maui Invasive Species Committee sponsor and present the award.

Mark Blietz, owner of Northshore Tropicals in Haʻikū, was the 2020 recipient of the Mālama i ka ʻĀina Award.

The winner will be announced at the Arbor Day Garden Expo and Hawaiian Tree Giveaway, a multi-day event from Nov. 2-6 that includes tree and plant care lectures and webinars, a local nursery open house, and a giveaway of more than 1,000 Hawaiian trees.


The winner will receive a plaque, a glass sculpture of a native species by artist Jupiter Nielsen, a one-year free membership with the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals, and local media recognition.

Nominators are requested to explain how the nominee’s activities or decisions have addressed the threat of pests on Maui through their industry. Past Mālama i ka ʻĀina Award recipients were recognized for meaningful efforts to prevent the spread of invasive species, including incorporating codes of conduct in business practices, educating the public and clients about invasive species, and encouraging the use of native species in landscape design. 

The nomination form can be found at and is due by Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Self-nominations are welcome. Questions about the award and nomination form may be directed to MISC Public Relations and Education Specialist, Serena Fukushima, at 808-344-2756 or [email protected]. For more information on the Arbor Day Garden Expo and Hawaiian Tree Giveaway, visit

The Mālama i ka ʻĀina award recognizes the proactive efforts of those working within the landscape community to address the threat of invasive species. The award is sponsored and presented by the County of Maui (Makaleʻa Ane -R), the Maui Invasive Species Committee (Adam Radford- 2nd left), and the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals (Allison Wright- L). Also pictured is the 2020 recipient, Mark Mark Blietz, owner of Northshore Tropicals. Here he is being presented the award by Adam Radford during a small ceremony at his Haʻikū nursery.


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