As you drive the Road to Hana, there is an excellent chance you will see a small, brown, ferret-like creature come running out of a thicket of sugar cane.  It’s a mongoose, a little creature first brought to Maui by British settlers looking for a way to control the island’s rat population.  Unfortunately, these settlers didn’t take one thing into account – rats are nocturnal, and mongooses aren’t –  so the experiment was a failure.  Along the way, these transplants to Maui have managed to severely decimate the native nene goose population by stealing eggs from their ground-level nests.  Today, Hawaiians are looking to exterminate the same mongooses who traveled so far to get to Maui in the first place. Hana Picnic Co. has more information on this and other Road to Hana wildlife!