The CRB Response

The CRB Response began as a collaborative emergency response effort to combat the invasive insect and remove it from Hawaii. Through a coordinated partnership with the University of Hawaii, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, and other key organizations, we strive to protect Hawaii from the threat of CRB. 


Our field crew services more than 3,000 CRB traps across Oahu and are our first responders for beetles in new areas or breeding sites. They respond to public reports, assess trees for damage, search for breeding sites, and apply treatments. If you see us working in our yellow shirts, say “hi”! 

The newest team to join the CRB Response is the canine crew. Our two canines, Bravo and Ryder, are trained to sniff-out CRB. Along with their handlers, their work helps us to identify new breeding sites.

At The University of Hawaii at Manoa lab, our research partners investigate new control methods and how to further improve our current practices. 

At our headquarters in Honolulu, our data team analyzes information from traps, mulch surveys, and tree damage. Our outreach team provides information to the public and professionals while supporting our community response efforts. If you are interested in hosting a presentation or learning more, please contact us.  

Our partners support our efforts and allow us to coordinate our efforts across geographies and agencies. 


Together, we're working to protect Hawaii’s communities, industries, and natural environment from the threats and impacts of CRB.

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Response - Hawaii

1849 Auiki St. 

Honolulu, HI

(808) 679-5244