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24 frogs seized by investigators from Manoa home

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:12 a.m. HST, Mar 29, 2014

State investigators seized two dozen frogs from a Manoa home on Thursday, including four poison dart frogs that were sent to Hawaii through the U.S. mail, the Department of Agriculture said in a news release.

The state Attorney General's Office arrested a man in connection with an investigation into the possession of the frogs.

Plant quarantine inspectors confiscated several aquarium tanks from the home with about 20 frogs.

The owner of the home told KHON-TV that the incident was a misunderstanding.

He said he made a mistake and that he has always had permits for the frogs. He said the frogs were all legally obtained.

The Department of Agriculture said there are limited established populations of poison dart frogs on Oahu and Maui. However, the frogs are illegal to possess or transport to or within Hawaii.


The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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loquaciousone wrote:
Wow! Fried frog legs for everyone!
on March 28,2014 | 09:08AM
myviewofthings wrote:
hahaha you first.
on March 28,2014 | 09:19AM
loquaciousone wrote:
In the Amazons, bright colors on small creatures usually mean they have something in them that can make you really tingle when you eat them. That's why the big creatures leave them alone.
on March 28,2014 | 09:56AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Must be like eating fugu sashimi. A slight tingle and numbing of the lips and tongue is what you try to get in eating the stuff. If it's too severe, well, you're dead.

Wonder if he had someone in mind as a potential target. Probably some politician if there was an intended target. Pretty little ****s.

on March 28,2014 | 04:41PM
rayhawaii wrote:
Mistake? Yeah and so many mistakes and that's why all those illegal animals running wild. I am sure they frogs would of just been dumped in the forest if he knew they were coming. No one ever made an example of yet for the snakes frogs and lizards found over the years. Looks like you won the prize.
on March 28,2014 | 09:33AM
nippy68 wrote:
this guy should be in jail with a hefty fine as of right now.
on March 28,2014 | 09:44AM
cojef wrote:
Earlier it was reported that the fine was $200,000 for possession, sooo, he has a big row to hoe.
on March 28,2014 | 02:52PM
MC96816 wrote:
Make him pay for his "mistake." Big fine, jail time, no mercy. Invasive species harm the environment.
on March 28,2014 | 09:53AM
caroley wrote:
Why do these idiots bring in invasive species? Maximum fine.
on March 28,2014 | 10:47AM
cojef wrote:
Fine on prohibited species is $200.000 so that is the minimum. He had 20 so bankruptcy will be forthcoming.
on March 28,2014 | 11:14AM
oldertimer808 wrote:
What an ______ (fill in the blank) for bringing in these frogs to our fragile island environment. This question applies: What da F were you thinking?
on March 28,2014 | 10:57AM
Anonymous wrote:
Yep, that's what the people who imported Coqui frogs into the islands and then never gave it a second thought when they escaped into the bushes and now infest the forests of the Big Island! They did not bother to consider the risks, only seeing the '$$$' that were flashing in front of their eyes, as the illegal pet trade in every state, flourishes because of people like them!
on March 28,2014 | 04:36PM
808comp wrote:
This guy needs to be punished to the max. I have never seen anyone get punished to the max under Hawaii laws for illegal creatures. Bottom line is if you have it you should get punished,none of these if you turn it in on your own you get off, otherwise whats the use to even have these laws. You have it you pay big time.
on March 28,2014 | 11:22AM
Squidy wrote:
KHON reports that the environmental terrorist's identity is Charles Nishihara. Shame on him and I hope the courts are tough on a selfish and thoughtless person like him. Who knows that other invasive species he is probably responsible for introducing to Hawaii.
on March 28,2014 | 11:39AM
false wrote:
Invasive species, does that include mainland transplants?
on March 28,2014 | 03:07PM
South76 wrote:
How come there is hardly and PSA about the legality/illegality of importing/transporting wildlife to Hawaii. The government should start a Crime Stopper snitch hotline where anonymous person can call into a hotline and report any illegal wildlife being kept by someone they know or have seen in someone else's property.
on March 28,2014 | 11:43AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
First cop through the door yelled "Jump!". After that it was easy to catch the offenders.
on March 28,2014 | 11:49AM
akio wrote:
Ship the idiot to the Amazon, he can live with all the frogs there.
on March 28,2014 | 12:38PM
inverse wrote:
Why doesnt' the S A name the guy arrested? As someone else mentioned KHON is correct to identified the guy arrested and his last name was Nishihara and when he was interviewed by KHON he continues to completely deny any wrongdoing claiming he has a permit to purchase and keep the frogs in his Manoa home. B S. The should prosecute Nishihara the fullest extent of the law. I think the fine for his crime can be up to $200,000 and up to three years in prison. This guy is such denial if they don't go after him in court, he and others like him will do it AGAIN as it is worth the risk because of the money he can make. If Nishihara cannot come out with $200,000, FORECLOSE his Manoa home at take $200K from the sale of the home AND put him in jail.
on March 28,2014 | 01:52PM
MoloKini wrote:
When I lived in Manoa (off of Woodlawn Drive) about 35 years ago, I would come across these "poison dart" frogs while clearing brush in the back yard. I remember the ones I saw were bright green & black and yellow & black (like in the photo). A neighbor's kid once caught a full grown iguana back there too. He used to carry it around the neighborhood like a cat feeding it fruits growing in the area. Things like guavas & mountain apples. I don't know where those critters came from... But obviously the state already knows that they are established out there.
on March 28,2014 | 02:02PM
Mikehono wrote:
Yes, I have them in my backyard. Have been here since I purchased the home.
on March 28,2014 | 05:16PM
Hawaiiobserver wrote:
Pretty brazen of him to have these frogs MAILED to his doorstep.
on March 28,2014 | 02:30PM
zoomzoom65 wrote:
Kermit should receive the maximum fine and jail time!
on March 28,2014 | 02:57PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Duh, it's all about the money.
on March 28,2014 | 03:58PM
lokela wrote:
Nice try pal. Fine um and lock um up. In fact give um some fire ants.
on March 28,2014 | 05:16PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I bet $10 at least one is named "Kermit".
on March 28,2014 | 07:27PM
808HRW wrote:
Yes manoa has had poison dart frogs for at least 30-40 years. I read that their poison loses it potency in hawaii due to the food that they eat here.
on March 29,2014 | 07:59AM
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