The military is planning a mass removal of coconut trees near where the rhinocerous beetle was first found.
Hickam Air Force Base will be a little less greener without 175 palm trees, but the decision has been made that the trees damaged by the pest will have to go.
The tree removal plan includes about 80 near the entrance of Pearl Harbor and another 80 or so on the military golf course.
The bulk of the work starts next week.
"It’s pretty significant but we are trying to take extreme measures to make sure the beetle does not get established," said Rob Curtiss, incident commander with the state agriculture department's pest control program.
The state says the most recent find of a beetle at Campbell Industrial Park means expanding the intense trapping efforts more westward.
"We are putting up traps island wide in areas we can access at four per square mile, and when we find a new site like this one we increase that to 64 per square mile," said Curtiss.
This crew was out checking traps on the leeward coast yesterday.
But officials say the conditions out west will hopefully limit the spread of the pest.
"There's not a lot of host trees for the adults, and it's pretty dry out there so there is not a lot of host material for the larvae, and so it will be less likely we will find huge populations out there than if it was wetter with more palms," Curtiss said.
To date the state has set aside a half a million dollars to knock out the pest.
The military is putting two million dollars toward the eradication effort and US Department of Agriculture has kicked in another 2 and a half million dollars.
The new find of the beetle means expands the buffer zone for more intense trapping by another 9 square miles.
So far about 1400 traps are in place from Kailua to Waianae with thousands more expected to be installed in strategic areas.
To date, 540 adult beetles have been trapped.
Scientists are still working to find the best way to eradicate the pest, since the method of trying to get rid of known breeding sites is very labor intensive.